The Trojans split their road trip to the Sunshine State this weekend, dropping a season-first loss on the road to No. 4 Florida before bouncing back with an 18-3 hammering of Stetson.The weekend began on a sour note for head coach Lindsey Munday’s third-ranked squad, as it faced off against a staunch Florida defense on Friday. The 15-10 loss stemmed from 24 USC turnovers, which the Gators took advantage of to maintain their lead throughout the game.Four seniors stoked the offensive flames for the Trojans against the Gators, with senior attacker Cynthia Del Core leading the way with a season-high four goals, which also tied her career high. Fellow senior attackers Michaela Michael, Kylie Drexel and Gabby McMahon chipped in two goals each to round out USC’s scoring.Defensively, the Trojans could not contain Florida’s attacker duo of senior Mollie Stevens and junior Shayna Pirreca, who combined for nine goals. Their offensive firepower handed USC its first halftime deficit since 2015, as the Gators took a 7-3 lead into the locker room. Florida extended the lead as far as six in the fourth quarter before a Michael goal trimmed the margin to the final score of 15-10. Michael also notched 10 draw controls on Friday, making her the first player in MPSF history to tally more than 300 in her collegiate career and adding a silver lining to the Trojans’ defeat.USC then headed south from Gainesville to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson, where it rebounded strongly with an 18-3 drubbing of the Hatters. Four Trojans netted three goals or more: Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller led the scoring with a career-high five points (four goals, one assist), while Michael also pitched in three goals and two assists to grab her 28th career hat trick. McMahon tallied three goals and an assist, and junior attacker Alexis Kardias rounded out USC’s hat-trick heroes with three goals on the day. All in all, the Trojans outshot Stetson 27-11 and held a 13-9 edge on the draw.Munday’s side also stifled the Hatters defensively, successfully executing a perfect 13-of-13 clear attempts. Junior goalie Gussie Johns didn’t have much to do guarding the USC cage, but she saved four shots while conceding one in the first half before making way for freshman Hannah Upshaw in the third quarter. Upshaw entered the game with a 13-1 Trojan lead saved two shots and picked up two ground balls as USC saw out its comfortable victory.The Trojans enjoy a bye week next, so they will have time to recover from their East Coast swing before returning to the field. USC’s next opponents come on March 7, when Boston University makes the trip out west to try for an upset at McAlister Field. New Hampshire visits after the Terriers on March 13, and the Trojans will fly cross-country once again after that for afour-game stretch in the Northeast.
A taxi driver was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for armed robbery.Harry James, of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, denied the charge when it was read to him on Friday.It was alleged that on July 3, 2018, while in the vicinity of Alliance, Canal Number Two, Wes Bank Demerara, and while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed businessman Rabindra Sumdhat of $792,000 along with a quantity of gold jewellery.According to the facts presented to the court, on July 3, at about 02:00h Sumdhat was sleeping in a hammock under a shed in his yard when he was confronted by two men armed with handguns. The gunmen demanded that he hand over all his valuables.The bandits then took the businessman inside his house and relieved him of cash and other valuable items.It was further alleged that Sumdhat was gun-butted by the gun-toting bandits but was able to disarm one of the men during the process. One of the gunmen fired two shots in the air.Two live 9mm rounds were found at the scene and an unlicensed .9mm pistol allegedly taken from one of the two armed suspects during a struggle with the businessman. The men fled in a waiting vehicle.However, Police were able to apprehend the men at Leonora, West Coast Demerara.The men along with the driver were arrested and taken to the Police station where the motor car was impounded.However, only the taxi driver has been charged so far, as investigations continue. The case was transferred to the Wales Magistrate’s Court and will continue on July 12.