USC women’s lacrosse fell short in a tough NCAA quarterfinal matchup against Boston College on Saturday, losing 20-14 in Newton, Mass. Despite travelling to New England riding a 11-game win streak, the No. 7 Trojans were unable to advance to the semifinals for the second year in a row. The No. 14 Eagles were able to figure out USC’s defense, which up until Saturday had been one of the best in the country, and for the first time all season, USC gave up 20 goals, getting outshot 38-25.The Trojans started the game slow, giving up three unanswered goals in the first seven minutes. Senior attacker Drew Jackson finally opened up the scoring for USC close to 10 minutes into the first half with her 25th goal of the season. But the Trojans slipped further behind as the half progressed, finding themselves down by five goals with about 10 minutes to go until the break.Coming out of the locker room trailing 10-5, freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff and senior attacker Cynthia Del Core each scored to trim the deficit to 3 less than two minutes after the second-half restart. But the Eagles’ offense could not be stopped, countering with three goals of its own. After exchanging goals, USC found itself three goals behind at 15-12, but that was the closest the Trojans would get. BC extended its lead with goals from junior attackers Kaileen Hart and Kenzie Kent.Senior attacker Michaela Michael brought the Trojans closer with a goal to make it 18-14, but the Eagles iced the game with goals from senior attacker Kate Weeks and freshman midfielder Sam Apuzzo, sending the Trojans home with a 20-14 loss. USC is now 0-3 all time against BC, and head coach Lindsey Munday’s squad has yet to make it to the Final Four in the program’s short, five-year history. For USC, Jackson and Del Core finished the day with hat tricks, while freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller, Huff and senior attacker Gabby McMahon notched two goals apiece. Michael, the Trojans’ all-time leading goal scorer, was held off the score sheet until the final five minutes of the second half. Junior goalie Gussie Johns finished the day with eight saves, two ground balls and one turnover. Weeks was the catalyst for the Eagles’ offense on Saturday, leading the team with 9 points (three goals and six assists). In addition to Weeks, four other BC players contributed at least four points. Kent scored six goals, while Hart and senior attacker Kayla O’Connor each recorded hat tricks. Despite the disappointing loss, the Trojans finished the 2017 season with a program-best 18 wins, and in just half a decade of existence, the women’s lacrosse program has emerged as a contender in the MPSF and beyond. Eight seniors played in their final game as Trojans, including all-time points leader Michael, but the class of 2017 leaves the team stronger than they found it, boasting back-to-back conference championships. While USC has found immense success in the regular season in the past couple of seasons, Munday and company will look to take the next step in 2018.
Ghana Striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom has set a 12-goal target on his debut season in the Spanish La Liga.The on loan Juventus player at Elche has scored 2 goals in 4 appearances for the newly promoted side.“I have set a target of scoring 12 goals in my first season of playing in a highly competitive league like the Spanish La Liga so I’m working towards achieving that target,” he told Joy sports“I was so happy to have scored against Real Madrid in our 2-1 defeat, the response from my colleagues and the fans at the stadium was great.“It has not been easy playing in the La Liga but I believe I can hit the mark.”Boakye raked in 11 goals last season on loan at Italian side Sassuolo which helped them to qualify to the Serie A.
The Fort St. John Huskies dropped their third game in a row losing 5-1 to the North Peace Navigators in Peace River.The game started out as a defensive battle as the first period was scoreless. Both teams exchanged chances, but were unable to solve each other’s goaltenders. The game was physical as both teams exchanged a number of big body checks throughout the period.- Advertisement -It was in the second period where things started to open up. The Huskies struck first as Connor Rose was able to get a wrist shot through from the point that beat the Navigators goalie and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead at the 11:02 mark. The Navigators were able to answer right back with two quick goals just a over a minute apart to build a 2-1 lead. Both goals were scored of costly turnovers by the Huskies defense.It was in the third period where the wheels really began to fall off. The Navigators scored three goals in the period as frustration began to set in for the Huskies. The final score of the game was 5-1. The Huskies began the season 4-0, but with those three losses now sit at 4-3 with a tough matchup against Grande Prairie on Sunday.Face off for the game is 2pm at the North Peace Arena.