Playing at home for the first time in more than two weeks, the USC women’s lacrosse team got off to a rough start against Temple. After fighting to an even score at halftime, they were unable to stop the Owls during the second half, giving up a 12-7 loss on Wednesday at McAlister Field in what initially looked like a low-scoring affair.Up for grabs · Freshman midfielder Caroline Cordrey fights for position with Temple’s Charlotte Swavola during a loose-ball scramble. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFreshman midfield Amanda Johansen led the Women of Troy (4-5, 2-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) with three goals. Freshman attack Caroline de Lyra finished with three points (two goals, one assist), and freshman attack Caroline Cordrey added two goals of her own.Rachel Schwaab led the Owls (5-1) with six points (three goals, three assists), while Charlotte Swavola and Stephany Parcell finished with three points each (two goals, one assist).After giving up a pair of goals to Temple’s Kellee Pace and Schwaab, USC fought back to take a 3-2 lead behind unassisted goals from de Lyra, Johansen and Cordrey. Temple then tied the game with 10:38 left in the first half after Johansen earned a yellow card, but Johansen responded by giving USC the lead with 7:20 remaining. Temple again tied the game at 4-4 with a goal from Schwaab, and the score remained there at halftime.“Our focus has been starting off stronger than we have been, so I was proud of the girls in the first half,” USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “Even though we went down by a couple goals, I was glad to see us fight and just stay in it and chip away before halftime.”Temple came out aggressively again in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals to take a 7-4 lead. Johansen scored her third goal of the game to stop the Owls’ run, but Temple scored again just 35 seconds later. The Owls controlled the game the rest of the way, outshooting USC 15-7 in the second half and leading by as many as six.“We came out really strong and were working like a team in the first half,” Johansen said, “A few mistakes got the best of us, and they capitalized off of each mistake scoring goals, so they went up ahead. We needed a way to come back and score in bunches. We needed to win the draw control. We just made a few too many mistakes today, but we have to keep our heads up and look forward to our next game.”Both teams turned the ball over 13 times, with USC causing 12 and Temple causing 10, but USC committed 22 fouls as opposed to just 12 for Temple. USC led 14-12 in ground balls, although Temple won the draw control battle 11-10.“One thing that we can take away from today is just you got to battle all 60 minutes, and not just to show up the first half,” Cordrey said. “I think that we’re really going to use this to fuel us for our next game and come out really hard and compete for a full 60 minutes as a team together.”USC plays one more game at McAlister Field against Marquette (2-3) at noon on Saturday before traveling for a pair of road games in Rhode Island. They take on Bryant University (2-3) at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, and Brown (4-1, 1-1 Ivy) at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 22.
August 26, 2020
ANAHEIM — Continuing the seemingly endless struggle to get an underperforming lineup to score more runs, the Angels tried something new on Wednesday.Shohei Ohtani moved from the middle of the lineup to the No. 2 spot, his first time hitting immediately in front of Mike Trout. Andrelton Simmons, who had been hitting second, was moved down to No. 6.“We’ve talked about this possibility for a week, and I think the timing is right now to make that change,” Manager Mike Scioscia said.Scioscia has been struggling to find a consistent lineup mostly because too many of the hitters have been slumping. Ideally, the Angels want to surround Trout with hitters will set the table for him and then drive him in when he’s on base, but they’ve had trouble on both sides of Trout. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Ohtani does possess two of the most important skills for batting in front of Trout. He has a .358 on-base percentage, which is third best on the team. He’s also one of the fastest players on the team.The Angels did create another possible issue by pairing leadoff Kole Calhoun and Ohtani at the top of the order. They are both left-handed hitters who have struggled against left-handed pitching, which makes the Angels vulnerable to lefty relievers late in the game.PEÑA’S FUTURERelated Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield When they moved Trout from second to third, the idea was to get him more opportunities to hit with runners on base. It didn’t change much, mostly because Simmons stopped hitting around the time he went to the No. 2 spot.Simmons said there’s no explanation for why he would hit worse in front of Trout than he did when batting in the middle of the order. He was hitting .227 in the No. 2 spot, compared with .315 batting fifth and .346 batting sixth.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.“It may be coincidence,” Simmons said. “Maybe less luck. It’s just unfortunate sometimes. I’ll have good games here and there. I don’t know why.”Asked on Tuesday about why Simmons may have had such a dramatic difference, Scioscia said: “I don’t think there’s any rhyme or reason why guys who move around aren’t as productive. I think Simba is a great fit (at No. 2).”On Wednesday, after making the switch, Scioscia said: “We feel Simba is more comfortable just being able to slash in a position with some guys on base. Hopefully Shohei in the second hole will create some offense in the middle of the lineup.” A day after Felix Peña’s deepest outing as a starter — six innings, 84 pitches — Scioscia said it’s unlikely that he’ll be pushed to what would be considered a normal starting pitcher’s limits. He’s thrown 74 to 84 pitches in all six of his starts.Peña had pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the previous two years before the Angels moved him into the rotation at Triple-A in May.“There is a lot on his plate, to take a guy that has historically gone to 40-45 pitches in a role in the bullpen, never started before (in the majors), to try to get him to 100-110 pitches is a tall order,” Scioscia said. “We’re not going to force it.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Nick Tropeano, 3-5, 4.58) vs. White Sox (RHP Dylan Covey, 4-5, 4.95), 1 p.m., Thursday, Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros