Trojans women's lacrosse team advances in NCAA tournament

USC’s women’s lacrosse team won its first NCAA tournament game in the program’s young history by defeating James Madison, 13-10, on Friday at Durham, N.C.

Sophomore attacker Michaela Michael scored five goals for the Trojans, who will play third-seeded Duke (14-4) on Sunday.

Junior Caroline de Lyra scored three goals for USC.

It was a historic victory for USC, which hired Coach Lindsey Munday in January 2011 but did not begin competition until the 2012-13 season.

The Trojans finished 8-10 in their inaugural season and 9-9 in 2013-14.

USC earned an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament with a 13-5 record. The Trojans finished second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and fell to Stanford in the conference championship game.