Two More For The Top-Ranked Trojans
Sept. 14, 2013
FOR RELEASE SEPT. 14
CLAREMONT, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's water polo team beat its first top-10 team of 2013 and grabbed another dominating victory to add to the Trojans' growing win streak. Victories over No. 10 UC San Diego and Pomona-PItzer helped the Trojans pass up their longest recent win streak of 35 in a row (2008-09) in making this current streak a solid 36 straight. USC's program record win streak stands at 44 in a row (2005-06). The 2013 Trojans are now 6-0 overall with two more matches coming up tomorrow at the Inland Empire Classic.
The Trojans rolled out ahead of No. 10 UC San Diego with an 8-0 scoring surge that saw USC blank the Tritons in the first frame thanks in part to a first-period hat trick from Mace Rapsey. Teammates Kostas Genidounias and Connor Virjee, meanwhile, would plug in a goal in each of the first three periods en route to hat tricks of their own on the day. UCSD got on the board midway through the second, but USC responded with three in a row. Virjee's third of the day opened the second half and put the Trojans ahead 11-1. USC would dump in five goals in the third while building a 15-4 lead before capping the game off with two final goals from Rex Butler and Mac Carden to wrap a 17-5 final win over the Tritons. In the cage, USC goalie James Clark went the distance and finished with nine saves in USC's fifth straight win of 2013.
Win number six came at the expense of Pomona-Pitzer, which saw the Trojan build up a 15-4 halftime advantage and later shut out the Sagehens in the fourth to claim a 24-6 final victory. Vavic hit a game-high five goals while Mac Carden helped lead the charge with four goals in that one. USC took a 5-0 start to the game thanks to back-to-back strikes from Marc Vonderweidt and scores from Vavic, Jeremy Davie and Ivan Kustic. That set the tone for the Trojans, who finished the win with 13 different scorers, while goalie Paul Mitre went the distance for seven saves in the victory.
USC now turns to two more tests out in the Inland Empire tomorrow. The Trojans will play Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 11:30 a.m. before playing Whittier at 2 p.m. in action held in La Verne, Calif.
INLAND EMPIRE CLASSIC
#1 USC 17, #10 UC San Diego 5
SAVES: James Clark (USC) 9, Cameron Ravanbach (UCSD) 9.
#1 USC 24, Pomona-Pitzer 6
SAVES: Paul Mitre (USC) 7, Austin Strong (P-P) 2, Caleb Prater-Fahey (P-P) 5, Tyler Hill (P-P) 8, Carter Lipnick (P-P) 0.