Sophomore midfielder Sophia Donovan shoots against Jacksonville Feb. 24. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) Donovan recorded her third hat trick of the season against Colorado and picked up an assist to go with two ground balls and a caused turnover, earning her Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. USC’s 6-goal winning margin matches the largest in the series’ history with the Buffaloes, who entered the match on a two-game winning streak with a pair of Pac-12 road victories over Stanford and Cal. The Trojans last faced the Buffaloes in 2017 at McAlister Field, a match they won 11-5. “I think the biggest thing we’ve done throughout the season is keeping a good morale,” Concialdi said. “We’ve developed such a good team culture and it makes the long hours worth it.” The Trojans faced Virginia Tech over spring break and came out on top, 13-11. The teams traded goals for much of the first half, but USC established a lead and picked up momentum going into halftime by scoring 3 goals in the final four minutes of the half. This outburst came after a nearly eight minute-long scoring drought. USC’s five-game winning streak is the longest of the season and the longest since it had 12 consecutive wins in the 2017 season. Although the team seems to be hitting a stride, its players always see room for improvement. The Women of Troy opened the game strong, with a 4-0 run on goals by senior attacker Emily Concialdi, who returned after a two-game absence. Concialdi dished out three assists to go with 1 goal, two ground balls and a caused turnover, making her the key player in the Trojans’ win. After halftime, the Trojans didn’t look back. Sophomore attacker Sophia Donovan scored the first 2 goals of the second half to put USC up 9-5. USC didn’t slow down, and Virginia Tech could not close the scoring gap. The two victories over top-ranked teams helped the Trojans jump the ranks from No. 22 to No. 13 this week. USC holds a four-game win streak, improving to 8-1 for a Pac-12 best. Donovan led the team with 4 goals and one assist against the Hokies. She is currently the leading scorer for the Trojans, already matching her season-high record of 20 goals from last season — a feat she attributes to the entire team. Sophomore goalie Riley Hertfod racked up two saves against Oregon to lead the Trojan defense. Concialdi added 2 goals for the Trojans before the match was minutes away from giving USC its fifth win. But USC took its foot off the gas and held the Ducks to 3 goals before the final horn for a 14-5 final score. No. 13 USC lacrosse capped off a dominant week of competition with a win over Pac-12 rival Oregon, marking the third victory of the week for the Trojans, who also beat No. 23 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Colorado. Donovan is shooting markedly better than USC’s team average of .422 at .556, demonstrating her individual value to the team. The Trojans finished their Pac-12 road trip with a win against the Ducks that not only extended USC’s season-long five-game winning streak with a 14-5 victory over Oregon, but also avenged an 18-11 loss to the Ducks suffered in Eugene last spring. “Making plays and scoring goals is never a one-person process, and I consider myself lucky to be a part of this offense,” Donovan said. “We have focused since August on building an offense that plays to our strengths,” Donovan said. “One of our main focuses has been making simple plays and working to make each other look good on the field.” With the Trojans strong, the team scored 5 unanswered goals throughout the first eight minutes of the game. But the Ducks answered by putting a stop to the run with a goal from sophomore attacker Lillian Stump. Following their matchup against the Hokies, USC won their fourth consecutive contest in a decisive 11-5 victory over No. 23 Colorado Buffaloes at Kittredge Field March 16. Despite a minor setback due to possible inclement weather conditions in the area, the Trojans improved to 6-2 all-time against Colorado. “Each and every day at practice is a chance to improve, and I think collectively, we have bought into that mindset,” Donovan said. “As long as we keep playing simple together there’s no limit to what we could accomplish this season.”
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Incumbent Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen has almost certainly heard the Kyler Murray rumors this offseason.But that apparently won’t keep him from showing up for work. The Cardinals’ first-round pick from a year ago is expected to report for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program Monday, according to ESPN.Despite being the subject of rampant trade speculation, Arizona QB Josh Rosen is expected to report to and participate in the start of the Cardinals’ off-season workout program on Monday. Some players who have been subject of trade speculation have declined to report to workouts.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2019That’s good news for a team that needs continuity and leadership from the quarterback position with a new regime taking over after the firing of Steve Wilks in the wake of a disastrous 3-13 season. Related News It’s been widely speculated that first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury has an affinity for former Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray, with many expecting Kingsbury to take Murray with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.Multiple reports throughout the offseason have linked Rosen to a host of teams via trade, with the heavy favorite being the Redskins. Giants opens to Josh Rosen talks as Cardinals’ draft plans remain unclear NFL Draft 2019: Raiders working out Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins However, ESPN reported Friday that Arizona hasn’t “engaged in active trade discussions” regarding Rosen. Teams have inquired, but, per the report, “to date, the Cardinals have not shown a willingness to trade him” (emphasizing the “to date”).Plus, the Cardinals still have not engaged in active trade discussions to date on Josh Rosen. Other teams have asked about him, but to date, the Cardinals have not shown a willingness to trade him. To date….— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 5, 2019Rosen, 22, appeared in 14 games as a rookie, throwing for 2,278 yards and 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He finished the season with a 66.7 quarterback rating — dead last among 33 qualified starting quarterbacks.As it stands entering offseason workouts, Rosen and Brett Hundley, entering his fifth season in the NFL, are the only two quarterbacks on the Cardinals’ roster.