No. 2 Trojans Flex Defensive Muscle In Two Wins At Inland Empire Classic|
Sept. 11, 2016
LA VERNE, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC men's water polo team made themselves right at home at the Inland Empire Classic today as the Trojans posted back-to-back second-half shutouts in a dominating day's work in La Verne, Calif. USC opened up with a 27-3 win over Whittier with 14 different Trojans getting in on the scoring action. Later, USC punched up a 26-1 win over host La Verne with 12 Trojans on the scoreboard in that one, including four new contributors on the offensive end. USC now boasts a 5-0 record on the year with an MPSF road trip looming for the Trojans. USC will pay a visit to Stanford next weekend.
Today in La Verne, USC tuned up for that upcoming trip with another balanced performance. The Trojans have now allowed no more than three goals in any game this season after holding Whittier to three and La Verne to just a single goal. Credit McQuin Baron for the second-half shutout against the Poets as the junior collected five saves in his complete-game effort that ended up as a 27-3 Trojan victory. In the afternoon game, USC freshman Will Rubschlager checked into the cage for his first action as a Trojan and made eight saves while giving up just one goal to the Lions in the first half. Redshirt freshman Simon Wu stepped in for the second half and didn't allow any goals through to keep USC in full control of that eventual 26-1 win.
But there was more than dominating defense work on display for the Trojans today. In USC's opening victory over Whittier, Nick Bell and Lachlan Edwards each collected four goals to lead the USC offense. Blake Edwards and Matteo Morelli notched a hat trick apiece, and 10 other Trojans also got to the back of the net. That included the first goal of the season for USC's Tim Leong and Brock Hudnut, who both broke through in the final frame of that one. Junior Lazar Pasuljevic also notched his first goal of the year in the win. True freshman Matt Maier, meanwhile, tallied his first career goals as a Trojan with a two-goal outing against the Poets.
Against host La Verne, redshirt freshman Daniel Leong set a career high for himself with a team-high five goals scored for the Trojan cause. He was one of six Trojans to score multiple goals in the game, with the Edwards brothers tallying four apiece to help power up the USC attack. Freshman Marin Dasic registered his first hat trick as a Trojan in the win, while juniors Matteo Morelli and Grant Stein plugged in two goals each.
The Trojans now turn to the MPSF opener, which takes USC to Palo Alto, Calif., for a televised clash against host Stanford. The Trojans and the Cardinal will tangle at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Avery Aquatic Center, and the game will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Los Angeles and Pac-12 Bay Area.
INLAND EMPIRE CLASSIC
#2 USC 27, Whittier 3
Sept. 11, 2016 - La Verne, Calif.
USC 6 - 7 - 8 - 6 = 27
WHIT 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 = 3
USC -- Nick Bell 4, Lachlan Edwards 4, Blake Edwards 3, Matteo Morelli 3, Zach D'Sa 2, Matt Maier 2, Mihajlo Milicevic 2, Marin Dasic, Chase Koplow, Thomas Dunstan, Lazar Pasuljevic, Sam Slobodien, Tim Leong, Brock Hudnut.
WHIT -- Mirarchi 2, Vejsicky.
SAVES: McQuin Baron (USC) 5, Ersoz (WHIT) 2, Gregov (WHIT) 1.
#2 USC 26, La Verne 1
Sept. 11, 2016 - La Verne, Calif.
USC 11 - 5 - 6 - 4 = 26
LV 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 = 1
USC -- Daniel Leong 5, Blake Edwards 4, Lachlan Edwards 4, Marin Dasic 3, Matteo Morelli 2, Grant Stein 2, Lazar Pasuljevic, Sam Slobodien, James Walters, Tim Leong, Chase Koplow, Mitch Embrey.
LV -- Rey Castillo.
SAVES: Will Rubschlager (USC) 8 [1st half], Simon Wu 4 [2nd half], Hernandez (LV) 7, Fox (LV) 1.