LOS ANGELES – The USC women’s lacrosse team was picked to finish in seventh place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) by the MPSF Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll announced on Friday, Jan. 25. The Women of Troy will play in their inaugural season under first-year head coach Lindsey Munday.
USC received 24 points and was selected to finish ahead of Fresno State and Saint Mary’s College, which each tied for seventh place in the final 2012 conference standings.
Last year’s league runner-up Stanford received four out of nine first-place votes for 59 points and was chosen to win the conference title. Defending MPSF champion Oregon received three first-place nods and earned 55 points to finish in second place in the poll. The Ducks’ 2012 title snapped a string of seven straight Stanford crowns. This is the fourth consecutive year in which the coaches have chosen the Cardinal to finish first.
Denver held the third-place spot in the poll with 53 points and the final two first-place votes. California (47), San Diego State (33), and UC Davis (28) were each chosen fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. Fresno State had 13 points and Saint Mary’s College had 12 points in the final poll tally.
Last year, Oregon went undefeated in league contests with a 7-0 mark. Denver was 6-1, with Stanford at 5-2, and Cal at 4-3. The four teams each advanced to the league championship semifinals. Eugene, Ore., and the Ducks will serve as hosts of the 2013 MPSF Championship Tournament scheduled for May 3-5.
The Trojans open the season with a marquee match-up against two-time defending NCAA champion Northwestern. The Wildcats have won seven of the last eight national titles under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. Munday was a member of the 2005 and 2006 championship teams while assistant coach Hilary Bowen helped NWU to four titles from 2006-09. To celebrate the inauguration of USC’s newest women’s sport, the Trojans and the Wildcats will face off in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. PT.
All of USC’s home games will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Networks web portal. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information and links to live stats and video.
|##||Team||Point||2012 Record/Conference Finish|
|1||Stanford||59 (4)||8-10 overall, 5-2 MPSF (3rd)|
|2||Oregon||55 (3)||14-5 overall, 7-0 MPSF (1st)|
|3||Denver||53 (2)||12-3 overall, 6-1 MPSF (2nd)|
|4||California||47||8-8 overall, 4-3 MPSF (4th)|
|5||San Diego State||33||2-5 MPSF (T-5th)|
|6||UC Davis||28||6-10 overall, 2-5 MPSF (T-5th)|
|8||Fresno State||13||3-10 overall, 1-6 MPSF (T-7th)|
|9||Saint Mary’s College||12||3-12 overall, 1-6 MPSF (T-7th)|