Men’s golf team not satisfied with solid start

first_img‘Disappointing’ is the word used most often by members of the No. 10 USC men’s golf team to describe their early play.That might seem like a misnomer, given the team’s lofty ranking and the formidable schedule they have had to navigate thus far, but USC coach Chris Zambri has built a program in which winning tournaments is the expectation.“We need to start finishing higher in fields,” Zambri said. “Finishing in the middle of a field is not what we ever want to do. I’m looking forward to [the next tournament], and I hope these guys start playing the way I know they can.”The Trojans have their next opportunity to please their coach this weekend at the Prestige Tournament in La Quinta, Calif. In a familiar refrain for the Trojans, the field will once again be populated by a number of top programs, including No. 5 Washington, No. 6 Stanford and No. 20 Texas Christian University.“Coach’s expectations are obviously really high because every year he’s had a very competitive team that’s been in the top three or four in the country,” freshman Martin Trainer said. “He wants to win every tournament.”Trainer has been a bright spot for USC this season. With a pair of top-20 finishes under his belt, the freshman has quickly adapted to the collegiate game. Now Zambri is waiting for the rest of the team to step up.“The best thing that has happened so far is Martin has shown he can play high-level college golf,” Zambri said. “I know we have other guys who have done that or who I’m very confident will do that. If we can add another guy to the mix like we have with Martin, that’s a great thing.”Chief among those players is junior Matthew Giles, who struggled enormously in his last tournament. The returning All-American had a strong qualifying round this week leading up to the tournament, giving his coach some reassurance.“I’m standing on the 18th tee at Trump right now and Matthew is 6-under par at a really good golf course,” Zambri said on Wednesday. “We need a guy like Matthew to just do his thing. We need him playing like he can play.”If Giles cannot carry the team, then the burden will likely fall on Trainer, who, in typical fashion for this team, is embarrased with his play thus far.“Even though I have some pretty decent finishes, I feel like my game is at a much higher level than what my scores [have] shown,” he said.Trainer said the team needs more consistent play if they want to reach their potential.“Consistency is the most important thing,” he said. “Every single guy can go out there and shoot a good round, but it’s a team event and we need four good scores out of five. We haven’t had four good ones at the same time yet.”The Trojans might not have played up to their capabilities yet this season but that does not mean morale is low. In fact, Zambri said the team is not even down about their mediocre results so far.“We’d be really down if we thought we played well and finished seventh or eighth, but I don’t think we’ve played worth a darn yet,” he said.Opening round play at the Prestige starts Sunday. The tournament will conclude Tuesday morning.last_img read more

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Women’s lacrosse falls to Stony Brook

first_imgStony Brook started off the game strong, scoring 4 quick goals within the first five minutes of play, with assists from Stony Brook senior attacker Sara Moeller on each. In the first half, all 6 of the Seawolves’ goals were assisted. A variety of Trojans got in on the scoring during this comeback. Redshirt junior attacker Amanda Flayhan scored off of freshman midfielder Erin Bakes’ assist. USC opened the second half strong, executing perfectly on a play that ended with this season’s points leader, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Huff, scoring a quick goal right off of the first draw in the second half. With two minutes remaining in the game, Huff brought USC within one point with a shot that hit the upper right corner and shook the net. A Concialdi free position goal started yet another scoring run for USC when sophomore attacker Sophia Donovan scored her first goal of the day. Junior attacker Izzy McMahon runs past defenders against Cal March 23 at McAlister Field. Statistically, the game was even, with USC having a 14-9 advantage on the draw. The only category Stony Brook had an advantage in was 11 saves to USC’s six.   Despite opportunities down the stretch to tie the game, USC’s offense couldn’t execute. Throughout the season, especially in games against ranked teams, the offense has failed to produce consistently. Despite this momentum, Stony Brook fought back. After USC went up by 1 goal, the Seawolves responded with 4 consecutive scores. USC traveled across the country to face No. 20 Stony Brook in an out-of-conference game late in the season and fell 10-12, bringing USC to a 13-3 record just one game before the end of the regular season. In both this game and the loss to Colorado, USC’s offense struggled early placing the team in comeback mode the whole game. Senior attacker Emily Concialdi finally put the Trojans on the board with just under 18 minutes left in the first half, but Stony Brook refused to relinquish their momentum. The Seawolves scored 2 more goals to extend the first half lead to 5. USC lost the ensuing draw control, and Stony Brook called a timeout to discuss how they wanted to run the clock down. Coming out of the timeout, Stony Brook junior midfielder Ally Kennedy caught Hertford out of the goal, ran around two USC defenders and put Stony Brook back up by 2. Sophomore goalie Riley Hertford had six saves on the day. Although it was not her best statistical game, she came up big in crucial moments. Hertford ultimately made the saves and caused the turnovers needed to give her offense an opportunity to tie the game. The Trojans will have to regroup before Saturday when they host Arizona State in their last match before the Pac-12 tournament. USC’s defense seemed to have no means of stopping Stony Brook’s attack. Stony Brook looked like the better team offensively, with USC only getting one shot off before they found themselves in a 0-4 hole. This was the final score of the game as USC was unable to get another shot off. This game marked the first time USC allowed an opponent to score over 10 goals since facing Virginia Tech in early March. In the final stretch of the first half, USC methodically brought themselves back into the game. The Trojans were down 1-6 when Concialdi scored her second goal of the game off a free position. USC rattled off 5 unanswered goals in under seven minutes. last_img read more

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