No. 1 Trojans Roll To Winning Start For 2013
Sep 7, 2013
LA JOLLA, CALIF. -- The top-ranked USC men's water polo team got a running start to its 2013 campaign as the owners of five straight national titles cruised through two opponents on day one of the Triton Invitational. The two opening wins tack on to the Trojans' growing win streak, which now is up to 33 in a row dating back to USC's 2011 NCAA Championship run. Today in La Jolla, USC kicked things off with a 19-5 win over Cal Baptist before delivering a 21-7 win over LMU.
The Trojans whipped up a 19-5 win in their season opener against Cal Baptist. The Lancers held tight to USC in the first frame, leveling things 2-2 after three minutes of action before USC's Jeremy Davie and Kostas Genidounias plugged in back-to-back goals to give USC a lift. The Lancers landed on more to make it 4-3, but USC responded with a run of eight straight goals that took the Trojans into halftime with a 12-3 advantage, thanks in part to first-half hat tricks from Davie and Nikola Vavic. USC would allow only a single goal in each of the next two frames while piling up a pair in the third and five more scores in the fourth quarter. By the final buzzer, the Trojans were enjoying a 19-5 victory on the hands of 11 different scorers. Davie and Vavic would lead the way with three apiece, joined by Genidounias, Mac Carden, Nick Bell and Charlie McBee with a pair each. In the win, Bell, McBee and Jon Walters all scored their first career goals as Trojans.
USC would go up against No. 12 Loyola Marymount for game two of the day, and the Trojans stayed hot. USC would pile 13 goals onto an 8-4 halftime lead against the Lions. USC climbed out to a 3-0 lead on LMU and kept answering Lion strikes with Trojan scoring spurts to continue to build on the lead. USC delivered seven goals in the third period of play, including a pair apiece from Marc Vonderweidt and Ivan Kustic. With a 15-5 lead in their pockets for the fourth period, the Trojans upped the ante and scored six more in the final frame -- three of which came from the hot hand of Rex Butler -- to wrap up a 21-7 victory. Connor Virjee was next on the list in leading the Trojans, punching in three in the win.
USC now turns to take on two more opponents tomorrow in the last day of action in La Jolla. The Trojans face No. 12 Air Force at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 8) and then go up against Redlands at 4:30 p.m.
2013 TRITON INVITATIONAL - Day One
#1 USC 19, Cal Baptist 5
#1 USC 21, #13 LMU 6