Kurzeka Sticks Six In 14-3 USC Win
Sept. 10, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The top-ranked USC men's water polo punched up a 14-3 win over No. 18 Cal Baptist on Saturday in the Trojans' home opener with a wave of scoring coming from Peter Kurzeka. The Trojan senior plugged in six goals to lead the charge on USC's second win of the year, recording the most goals scored by a Trojan in a single game since 2001.
Ten years ago, Daniel Lontay tallied six in a win over Cal. Today, Kurzeka went big and matched that historic effort while at the same time pulling himself up in the USC record book, now ranking No. 22 all-time with 110 career goals. It was a third-period hat trick that rolled up the six-goal day for Kurzeka, who scored three straight during a 13-0 scoring run by the Trojans against the Lancers. Nikola Vavic capped the surge with a nearside strike on a counterattack assisted by Connor Virjee, putting USC ahead 14-1 during the fourth period of play.
USC got its first goal of the game from Kurzeka and the second from Stephen Siri, who finished off a pass from Mace Rapsey on a 6-on-5. Cal Baptist got on the board at the 2:05 mark of the first period with a power play score from Chris Toy. But the Trojans had a resounding response with a defensive stand and offensive surge that spanned the next three frames.
USC forced its way out of a one-goal game by building that 2-1 lead to a 14-1 advantage. Kurzeka would get to six in that span, while Vavic racked up a hat trick on a set of slick scores. Jeremy Davie and Matt Burton impressed as well, recording a pair of goals apiece during the Trojan push. Cal Baptist got the last word with four-period goals scored by Scott Gleason and Brent Troutman, rounding out a 14-3 win for the Trojans. Senior goalie Joel Dennerley went the distance in the cage for USC, hauling in 10 saves to stymie the Lancers. He's now 20 saves away from locking in at No. 1 all-time in career saves at USC.
The Trojans' next competition takes them northward to the NorCal Tournament next weekend (Sept. 17-18) in Stockton, Calif. USC is grouped with West Valley JC, UC Irvine and Long Beach State for the first two rounds before taking aim at defending its 2010 NorCal Tournament title.
Sept. 10, 2011 - McDonald's Swim Stadium
SAVES: Joel Dennerley (USC) 10, Austen Ramer (CBU) 4.