March 31, 2013

Denver Caps Perfect Weekend at Southern Cal

from press release

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Behind a trio of hat tricks from sophomore Rachael Dillon (Mount Sinai, N.Y.), senior Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and freshman Rachael McKinnon (Brooklin, Ontario), the University of Denver women's lacrosse team completed a perfect Mountain Pacific Sports Federation road weekend with a 16-11 win over Southern California on Sunday afternoon at McAlister Field.

"We thought we played a nice first half of lacrosse, but the second half wasn't our best," head coach Liza Kelly said. "It's cliché, but we need to play a full 60 minutes. I thought that we got nice performances today from Mikayla Clark, Kate Henrich and Rachael McKinnon."

Sophomore Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) added two goals and an assist, while junior Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) also found the back of the net twice.

Denver (11-1, 3-0 MPSF) raced out to a 5-1 lead inside the first 12 minutes, with goals from junior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.), Dillon, Remenapp and two goals from Clark. After the Trojans (5-8, 2-2 MPSF) cut the lead to 5-2, the Pioneers went on a 6-1 run with five different goal scorers to extend the margin to 11-3 with 26:46 to play.

Later in the second half, USC responded with a 5-1 run to narrow the difference to four with 19:26 to play. The two teams would trade goals through the next 18 minutes, before McKinnon scored two of her three goals in the contest in the final 1:40 to seal the deal.

Senior Kate Henrich (Lansdale, Pa.) and sophomore Kiki Boone (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) came up with five draw controls apiece to lead Denver to a 16-13 advantage in that department. Dillon led DU with three ground balls.

Redshirt-sophomore goalie Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made five saves in the win.

The Trojans were led by four goals from Caroline Cordrey and three goals and two asssits from Amanda Johansen.

Denver will return to Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium for two games next weekend, taking on Stanford on Friday at 4 p.m. MT, and UC Davis on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MT.

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