LOS ANGELES – In a wild game that featured four lead changes and five ties, No. 13 Stanford was edged by USC, 11-10, in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s lacrosse action Sunday at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Stanford (12-3 overall, 6-2 MPSF) took a 10-9 lead on a goal by Kyle Fraser with 13:53 left in the game, but the Trojans countered with two goals within 28 seconds. Alex Moore scored the go-ahead goal with 11:18 left and USC warded off Stanford’s attacks the rest of the way. The Cardinal outshot USC, 4-0, after the final goal, but was unable to convert.
Lucy Dikeou, Alex Poplawski, and Rachel Ozer scored two goals apiece to lead Stanford. Dikeou has scored 15 goals in her past five games, the freshman Poplawski has scored in 15 of Stanford’s 16 games, and Ozer now has team career highs of 92 goals and 139 points, placing her at No. 14 and No. 12 in the Stanford record book.
Stanford dropped to third in the MPSF with one game remaining, but still can finish anywhere from the No. 2-4 seed for the MPSF tournament, May 1-4 in Denver. Stanford can earn the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the six-team event if it beats visiting California in their regular-season finale on Thursday (4 p.m.), and Oregon (6-1 MPSF) loses either of its final two games, against visiting Denver on Friday or visiting Colorado on Sunday. Only Oregon can seize the No. 1 seed from first-place Denver (8-0 MPSF).
USC (8-7, 6-3) scored first and took leads of 5-2 and 6-3 in the first half. But Stanford, during a 4-0 run, caught the Trojans, at 6-6, on a Poplawski goal early in the second half. Ozer gave Stanford its first lead, at 7-6 and, after USC tied it and went ahead twice, Dikeou answered each time with a tying goal.
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USC 11, Stanford 10
Stanford 5 5 -- 10
USC 6 5 -- 11
Stanford (goals-assists): Rachel Ozer 2-1, Lucy Dikeou 2-0, Alex Poplawski 2-0, Kelsey Murray 1-1, Kyle Fraser 1-1.
USC: Alex Moore 3-1, Annie Ruland 3-0, Michaela Michael 2-0, Caroline de Lyra 2-0, Amanda Johansen 1-2, Gabby McMahon 0-1.
Records: Stanford 12-3, 6-2; USC 8-7, 6-3.