The No. 9 women’s lacrosse team (9-3, 3-0 MPSF) is set to play Oregon (7-5, 3-1) and San Diego State (8-4, 2-2) in a road series this weekend.After dropping two straight road contests to Cornell and Stony Brook, the Trojans are coming off of three straight victories over Ohio State (16-7), Fresno State (21-5) and Cal (21-4).The recent win streak comes thanks to a Trojan scoring surge which featured 58 goals scored by 25 different scorers. Two of those scorers, senior Michaela Michael and freshman Kaeli Huff, earned MPSF Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week for their step-up play against Cal and Fresno State. After a six-goal performance against Ohio State, Michael took less than 20 minutes to score six goals against Cal and just five minutes to score a hat trick in a four-goal performance versus Fresno State. In the past two games, the senior netted 10 goals, grabbed 17 draw controls and added an assist, a ground ball and a caused turnover.Huff, meanwhile, followed in Michael’s footsteps with a five-goal game of her own, adding three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw win over Fresno State.Along with Michael and Huff’s play heating up, the Ducks and Aztecs will have to watch out for a Trojan defense that forced 32 turnovers and allowed just 16 goals over the past three games.USC will travel to Eugene, Oregon first to play an Oregon team that has played poorly in recent outings, especially on the offensive side of the ball. After going 5-1 in the first six games, the Ducks are 2-4 in their past six, allowing 77 opposing goals to slip through.The Ducks’ primary scoring threats are sophomore attacker Shannon Williams (37 goals, 18 assists) and senior midfielder Bella Pyne (30 goals, 11 assists), while Cambi Cukar acts as Oregon’s primary distributor with 28 assists. Despite playing the same number of games as USC, Oregon has turned the ball over 25 more times and caused 12 fewer turnovers. The Ducks could give the Trojans difficulties not just in the home field advantage, but also in ball movement as Oregon leads the assist battle 83-77 over USC.After tonight’s matchup in Oregon, USC will travel to San Diego on Saturday to play an SDSU team that is 9-2 in its past 11 games.Although the Aztecs have been porous on defense in 2017 (10.7 goals allowed per game), their offense can put the ball in the back of the net with ease (12.75 goals scored).While USC relies on a couple of primary scorers to carry the team, San Diego State has a more balanced attack with six players scoring 13 or more goals this season.With MPSF playoffs just three weeks away, the Trojans have just five games left to cement a national title campaign.
Detroit has reportedly made several players available in the market including Boyd and outfielder Nicholas Castellanos among others, and at this point, Boyd might actually be the best starting pitcher who could be traded.Let us explain first, because there are bigger names out there than Boyd. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner could be dealt as could Rangers surprise lefty Mike Minor and Blue Jays starters Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. Related News MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Brian Cashman would do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Max Scherzer MLB trade rumors: White Sox may want to add controllable starter The Brewers have been connected to a potential starting pitcher in the trade market.Milwaukee has been “eyeballing” Tigers lefty Matt Boyd, according to The Athletic. But Boyd has something those guys really don’t have: he has proven he can post massive strikeout numbers and a good ERA in a day in age where strikeouts are absolutely paramount to postseason success.As Astros ace Justin Verlander said earlier this week, the game used to be about missing barrels, but today it’s about missing the bat entirely.Boyd has done that this year posting 118 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings pitched. He is seventh in MLB in strikeouts and sixth in K/9 at 11.21. Having a pitcher like that in the playoffs is absolutely vital.And the Brewers could certainly use him as Brandon Woodruff and Zach Davies have been good this year but Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta have been demoted to the bullpen and Jimmy Nelson is still working his way back from injury.The addition of Boyd would be great for Milwaukee, the question simply becomes: at what cost? The Tigers are apparently not going to give up Boyd for nothing as he has three years of team control left, so what would the Brewers have to give up to get him? It might take a guy like Corey Ray who was a first-round pick for Milwaukee a few years ago, or even a guy like Burnes who still has value in the trade market and would give a team a more MLB-ready player.The fact is though the Brewers have needed real help in their starting rotation for a couple of years now and general manager David Stearns watched his former organization win a World Series by adding Verlander in a trade at the non-waiver deadline in 2017.He has seen what a deal can do, now it’s just a question of whether he’ll give up what it takes to get a deal done.