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September 16, 2020
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Women’s lacrosse prepares to start 2019 season

first_imgLast year, the Trojans failed to capitalize on the draw, ending the season with just 207 controls to 202 losses. The team must improve in this statistical category to take the next step this year. As USC begins its long-awaited season, it looks to take home the 2019 NCAA trophy. The USC women’s lacrosse team returns for their seventh season this weekend. After a successful 2018 season, the Trojans are hard at work to show that they are back and stronger than ever. To start, the Trojans will play Hofstra University  on Saturday. Now, the Trojans will compete against Hofstra University, who finished last season 8-9 overall. To ensure success, the Trojans are adding new plays and learning more offensive strategies. Last year, the Trojans saw Stanford in the Pac-12 women’s lacrosse tournament with the goal of bringing home the program’s first NCAA championship title. Ultimately, the Stanford matchup ended USC’s three-game win streak and lost the Trojans’ automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, finishing the year with a 10-8 overall record. The Trojans should feel confident about the continuity of the team this year. Aside from the four graduating seniors the team let go, the 28 returning players have an established sense of camaraderie. As the first game approaches, every player’s motivation this season is centering around working together to keep consistency in the roster stronger to give the Trojans an advantage come game time. “This season, we are focusing on ourselves and what we can all do individually and collectively to guarantee our success,” Stallings said. “We don’t want to relive that feeling and disappointment, so that is a huge motivation for us.”   Look for junior midfielder Kerrigan Miller, last year’s Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year, to lead the Trojans’ attack. She led the team in scoring last year with 36 goals and 13 assists. center_img USC will host Hofstra Saturday at noon at McAlister Field. “We are focusing on the details, the basics,” sophomore midfielder Emily Stallings said. “We are hammering in on the small things so they become natural in the game. Deemer Class is one of our new assistant [coaches], and he had brought so much knowledge and energy from the men’s game. We are working more motions that are seen in the men’s game and making things more exciting.” “Everyone is stepping up,” Stallings said. “Someone else always steps up after we lose key players. Our two goalies are both filling their roles with ease, the defense works hard to protect the goalies and the offense works hard to ride the ball in transitions to make things easier for the defense. The team is a unit, and as a whole, we all work together to fill any void.” The departure of Gussie Johns opens up the goal for sophomore goalie Riley Hertford to take the position. Although Hertford appeared in a mere three games, the two-time Under Armour All-American shows promise, allowing only one goal while racking up five saves in the games she played.   The team said there will never be an easy game in their schedule. USC is facing many of the same competitors they took on last year, like No. 1 Boston College and Stanford University, which the Trojans hope to best in their rematch. Junior midfielder Kerrigan Miller finished the 2018 season with a .444 shot percentage. (Daily Trojan file photo)last_img read more

August 14, 2020
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Oilers’ Connor McDavid, Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin among NHL All-Star Game division captains

first_imgFans were able to vote for which player should represent each division from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20, which also determined the first roster spots for the game, which takes place from Jan. 24-25.The 2010s: Crosby named NHL Athlete of the Decade | NHL All-Decade TeamThis marks McDavid’s fourth consecutive season serving as the All-Star captain, Ovechkin’s third consecutive season and MacKinnon’s third overall. Pastrnak is the only captain who hasn’t worn the “C” yet at the All-Star weekend. All four players are among the league’s top scorers — McDavideads the league in scoring with 60 points through 39 games, with MacKinnon and Pastrnak also in the 50-point club. Pastrnak leads the NHL in goal-scoring (28), while Ovechkin has 22 goals and 35 points thus far in 2019-20.Your #NHLAllStar Division Captains will be as follows:Atlantic Division – David Pastrnak (@pastrnak96)Central Division – Nathan MacKinnon (@Mackinnon9)Metropolitan Division – Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8)Pacific Division – Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97) pic.twitter.com/YuU9ypQT4c— NHL (@NHL) December 22, 2019Aside from each division’s captain, fan voting has no leverage in All-Star game roster decisions. Each division’s roster will consist of 11 players determined by the NHL’s Hockey Operations department, and each division head coach will be decided by which team in each division has the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points).The All-Star skills competition will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. ET, with the annual three-on-three tournament taking place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Both events will take place at Enterprise Stadium in St. Louis. With the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Mo. ready to commence on Jan. 24, the results of the league’s fan vote for each division’s team captain are now out.On Saturday, the league announced Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (Atlantic), Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan) and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (Pacific) are the 2020 All-Star captains.last_img read more