Blake Edwards’s hat trick and McQuin Baron’s defensive stand secure third place for USC.
Trojans will face the Bruins at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Uytengsu Aquatics Center in a crucial postseason clash.
After giving up five straight goals, USC prevails with an OT push to beat the Cardinal 12-8.
A trio of Trojans score hat tricks in a well-balanced effort under the lights at Uytengsu.
The Trojans take aim at an 11th consecutive trip to the NCAA final as 2015 gets underway.
THIS SEASON: Bell enters his third season of competition at USC.
2014: Bell scored 25 goals as a sophomore... Earned All-American Honorable Mention... Also picked up All-MPSF Honorable Mention... Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team, scoring three times in the tournament... Scored in 12 games with eight multiple-goal outings... Set career high with four goals scored vs. UCLA on Oct. 12... Named MPSF Player of the Week on Oct. 17.
2013: Bell scored 18 goals as a true freshman... A member of the NCAA Championship roster... First career goal came with a two-goal game in USC’s season opener vs. Cal Baptist... Scored in 12 games with six two-goal outings.
HIGH SCHOOL: Bell played water polo and swam at Los Osos High in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.... Named CIF Division IV Player of the Year as a senior and the Inland Empire Player of the Year... A two-time league MVP, also an All-CIF first team selection... Named to second team All-CIF and a two-time league first-teamer... Water polo team won 2012 CIF championship, and swim team won 2013 CIF championship... Scored 331 goals in his career at Los Osos, with 160 career assists, 263 steals and 171 ejections drawn.... Played club at Foothill... An honor student.
NATIONAL TEAMS: Bell is a member of the U.S. National Team... Competed for the USA at the 2014 FINA World League Super Final in Dubai.
PERSONAL: Bell is majoring in international relations... Parents are Mark and Natalie... Has one sister, Brittany... Enjoys spending time with friends, surfing and snowboarding in his free time... Lists LeBron James as his biggest sports hero... Has always wanted to win an NCAA championship... Hopes to travel to Europe and Central America... Would like to travel the world after graduation... Born Aug. 18, 1995.