Start Fresh

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On Saturday, No. 1 USC women's water polo saw its record-setting 52-game win streak come to an end at the hands of No. 2 Stanford.

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The Trojans started their winning streak in the 2015 NCAA third place game, after falling to Stanford in the semifinals. They went undefeated and won the national title in 2016, and opened up the 2017 season 25-0 before Saturday's showdown with the Cardinal.

Stanford netted the first two goals of the game, and took a 7-5 advantage into halftime at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Trojans notched the first goal of the second half to make it a one-point game, but Stanford answered and took control as the game went on, to secure a 12-8 win and end USC's impressive streak.

The Trojans are now 25-1 (3-1 MPSF) on the season with two more regular season matchups to go. They travel to Cal this weekend before finishing up at UCLA on April 22.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the epic battle:

McGillen Gallery: USC Rowing vs. LMU

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USC's 12th-ranked women's rowing team won each of seven races in a scrimmage against LMU this weekend in Marina Del Rey, CA.

Check out USC team photographer John McGillen's photos of the meet:

One Streak Ends, Another Survives

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USC's top-ranked beach volleyball squad won five matches this weekend to extend its winning streak to 55 in a row.

On Friday, the Trojans beat Washington, 4-1, and Arizona State, 5-0, in a double header. The win over the Huskies was monumental for USC's top duo of Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes, as it represented their 100th consecutive win as a pair.

After two more wins against LMU and ASU in Manhattan Beach on Saturday, Claes and Hughes had their remarkable 103-match win streak snapped. The duo fell to St. Mary's' top team in three sets, marking their first loss since April 2, 2015.

Despite Claes and Hughes' loss, the Trojans notched a team victory to improve to 25-0 (4-0 Pac-12) on the season.

USC team photographer John McGillen kicked off the weekend's action by capturing the best moments against Washington.

Michael's Monster Games

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USC_lacrosse_stanford_coliseum_mcgillen_HR-2271.jpgLed by senior captain Michaela Michael, USC women's lacrosse won both games of a zigzagging road trip this weekend to improve its season record to 11-3 (5-0 MPSF).

On Friday, the No. 9 Trojans traveled north to Eugene, OR to face the Ducks. Michael notched six goals in the win for the sixth time in her career, lifting USC to a dominant 17-7 win.

The two-time IWLCA All-American managed to top that stat line in the very next game. At San Diego State on Saturday, she tied a career high with seven goals, including six in the first half. USC beat the Aztecs, 15-3.

Michael, who has won MPSF Offensive Player of the Week three times in a row, has scored at least six goals in each of USC's last five games.

The senior now has 53 goals on the season -- 13 more than the next highest scorer in the MPSF. With three regular season games to go before the MPSF Tournament and potential NCAA Championships, Michael has the potential to rewrite USC's record books yet again.

She already holds USC's top two single-season scoring marks (with 68 goals in 2016 and 63 in 2015) and set records in points, shots, shots on goal and free-position goals last year.

Michael and the Trojans return home for their last regular season game of 2016 this Friday night. No. 9 USC takes on No. 5 Colorado in a showdown at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Low Am High Point

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USC men's golf alum Stewart Hagestad made the most out of his first appearance at the Masters, taking the low amateur crown, a longstanding tradition at golf's first major. He tallied four consistent rounds, posting 74-73-74-73 en route to finishing tied for 36th at 6-over.

"It's a dream come true," Hagestad said about being low amateur. "It's something I've long thought about and to have it come to fruition is an absolute dream come true."

Hagestad, who works as a financial analyst by day in New York, earned his way into the field by winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He became the first U.S. Mid-Amateur champion to make the cut since 1989.

On the day before his 26th birthday, Hagestad ended up winning the low amateur title by three strokes over Curtis Luck. He needed a strong back nine on Sunday to close it out.

"I just kind of said, 'Hey, we're playing Augusta National on Sunday afternoon, the day before my birthday, and it's a perfect day. It doesn't get much better than this,'" Hagestad told Golfweek. "Obviously, low amateur was important to me and it was a huge goal, but I think one part of getting older is that there's so much more to it than that."

2017 Spring Practice #12: Clay Helton

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Written by Grace DeWitt, USC blog contributor 

The Trojans held one last Saturday scrimmage with just one week until the 2017 Spring Game. 
Watch head coach Clay Helton's full press conference here:

Clash Of The Titans

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USC women's water polo's final home match of the season is a big one, as the No. 1 Trojans host No.  2 Stanford tomorrow at 5 p.m.

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Stanford has been USC's toughest opponent in recent history. The Cardinal were the last opponents to beat USC, back on May 9, 2015. Since then, the Trojans have won an NCAA women's record 52 straight games -- five of which have come against the Cardinal.

USC topped Stanford in last year's national championship and beat the Cardinal again in an overtime thriller this February to usurp the nation's No. 1 ranking and keep the win streak alive.

USC's win two months ago marks Stanford's only loss of the season (16-1, 3-0 MPSF). While USC's Stephania Haralabidis leads the conference in scoring (2.88 goals per game), Stanford's Maggie Steffens, who won gold with Team USA at the Rio Olympics, ranks second.

Haralabidis is one of seven seniors who will be honored ahead of Saturday's showdown. She will be joined by her twin sister Ioanna as well as Melanie Slater, Nikki Stansfield, Cassidy Feltenberger, Brigitta Games and Avery Peterson, who will all play their final game at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Tomorrow's match begins at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.


Haralabidis Pop Quiz

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No. 1 USC women's water polo's Haralabidis twins have combined to score 420 goals in their college careers. Ioanna and Stephania are always in sync in the pool, but how much do the sisters know about each other outside of the water?

Ahead of their final home game, Saturday's showdown with No. 2 Stanford (5 p.m. at Uytengsu Aquatics Center), we quizzed them to find out more.

McGillen Gallery: Spring Practice At The Coliseum

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For the first time this spring, USC football made its way to the Coliseum for practice.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos from yesterday's session:

Anytime, Anywhere

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USC men's golf is the top-ranked team in the nation, and has finished first or second in each of its last six events.

After falling in last season's NCAA semifinals, the Trojans have their eyes on the NCAA title this year.

We caught up with two of USC's standouts, Sean Crocker and Rico Hoey, practicing their craft on the team's simulator on campus.