Junior goalie Gussie Johns was named the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a strong showing against No. 6 Colorado last Friday. Johns made nine saves and picked up three ground balls in USC’s 11-5 victory at the Coliseum, shutting out the Buffaloes during the entire second half.The junior goalie is no newcomer to accolades. This is Johns’ second MPSF Defensive Player of the Week award of the year and her fifth career Player of the Week honor. Johns leads the country in goals against average (6.69) and is fourth in the nation in ground balls per game (4.0). Johns also continues to add to her program-record 289 career saves and 156 career ground balls. Monday marked the fifth consecutive week that a USC women’s lacrosse player took home a weekly conference award. Senior attacker Michaela Michael leads the way, winning four straight MPSF Offensive Player of the Week awards — a streak that ended this week. Freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller took home Rookie of the Week honors in March, and freshman midfielder Kaeli Huff also received the award two weeks ago. Johns’ accolade was her first since being named Defensive Player of the Week on Feb. 20.Johns has gained national attention for her play in net for the Trojans. After dominating at USC during her first two collegiate seasons, Johns was named to the United States’ final roster in January for the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup, which will be held in Guildford, England this summer.Johns is one of just two current student-athletes on the national team, along with North Carolina junior midfielder Marie McCool. Also joining Johns on Team USA is Devon Wills, the Trojans’ associate head coach and defensive coordinator.Next, USC will look to extend its six-game winning streak when the team travels to Stanford on Friday. A victory over the Cardinal would clinch the first seed in the MPSF tournament, which will be hosted at McAlister Field beginning April 27. Another win over UC Davis on Sunday would also set a new MPSF record for consecutive conference wins. While individual recognition is nice, Johns and thenow-sixth-ranked Trojans will strive for a conference title as well as the ultimate goal: the first national championship in the program’s five-year history.
A huge scandal is engulfing Kevin Prince Boateng after AC Milan revealed that they have released the midfielder to play for Ghana in the weekend’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.The German-born player told Ghana officials on Monday that he is not available for the vital qualifying game on Sunday because he aggravated an ankle injury at the end of weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Palermo.But a statement from AC Milan dated Wednesday 23 March, 2011, shows that he has been released to join the Black Stars.And even if he’s injured, as he claims, he did not turn up for treatment as other injured AC Milan players did on Wednesday at the club’s training ground.The club’s doctor was even reported to have called Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic to tell him that the midfielder injury will not permit him to play in the game in Brazzaville.But Ghanasoccernet.com investigations have revealed that Boateng is among players AC Milan themselves have released for African Cup of Nations qualifiers this weekend. “The following Milan players will be involved in African Nations Cup qualifiers: Boateng: Congo-Ghana and England-Ghana (March 27 and 29),” a statement on AC Milan’s official website read.“Strasser: Niger-Sierra Leone (March 27, Oduamadi: Nigeria-Ethiopia (March 27),” the statement added showing that Strasser and Oduamadi have been released for Sierra Leone and Nigeria respectively.Injured AC Milan player Pato turned up for treatment at the club’s training ground on Wednesday and questions are being asked why Boateng failed to turn up for treatment if he is injured.“Massimo Ambrosini and Ignazio Abate trained in the gym, Alessandro Nesta trained alone as did Andrea Pirlo who worked on his fitness on the lower pitch while Pato received treatment,” another statement on AC Milan’s website revealed.The revelation will spark anger among Black Stars supporters and fury with Ghana FA officials who would feel cheated, deceived and lied to by Boateng. Boateng was born to a Ghanaian father and German mother and made the international switch to play for the Black Stars just before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.Since the World Cup Boateng missed the two matches against Sudan and Togo claiming he is injured.Please visit the links below to verify for yourself the two statements on AC Milan’s website:Source: Ghanasoccernet