Menlo, Paly grads help USC reach women's lacrosse QF


Menlo School grad Michaela Michael scored twice and grabbed seven draw controls, Palo Alto grad Nina Kelty had two ground balls and a caused turnover and the USC women's lacrosse team upset third-seeded Florida 15-12 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

The Trojans (18-3) advance to the quarterfinals for the second straight year and will meet host Boston College (15-6) on Saturday at the Newton Campus Lacrosse Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

USC (18-3) used a 5-1 run in the last nine minutes to secure the win over the Gators (17-3).

The Trojans are one of three unseeded teams to advance to the quarterfinal in its half of the NCAA bracket.

Boston College took down sixth-seeded Syracuse in the second round and Navy took down seventh-seeded Penn in the first round on Friday. Only defending NCAA champion North Carolina, the No. 2 seed, remains.

Drew Jackson scored USC's 12th goal to pull the Trojans even and then put the game-winner in the net from free position with four minutes left to play.

Michael, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year for the second time in her career, extended her USC and MPSF single-season record for goals to 77. She also has 143 draw controls, extending a school and MPSF single-season mark.

USC is ranked No. 7 and BC No. 14 in the latest IWLCA poll.

— USC Athletics


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