Top-Ranked Trojans Pin Up 22-5 Win Over Princeton
Sept. 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's water polo team tore its way to a 22-5 win over visiting No. 16 Princeton as 13 different Trojans rattled the back of the Tigers' cage today at McDonald's Swim Stadium. USC's noon clash with Princeton saw the Trojans shine with a 4-0 start to the game and later nine straight scores to put Princeton well out of reach. USC improves to 10-0 on the year with the nonconference win, and Princeton goes to 7-5 as both teams now head to Santa Barbara, Calif., for competition at the SoCal Tournament this weekend.
Princeton snapped USC's 4-0 start out of the gates with a power play goal, but the Trojans had a quick answer when Max Hurst-Mendoza earned a 5-meter penalty shot for Kostas Genidounias to finish off just seconds later. USC would push ahead 7-1 before the Tigers tallied another in the final minute of the first period to make it 7-2. The second frame also saw USC rally in the start, keeping its 6-on-5 slate perfect with goals from Stephen Siri and Mace Rapsey on back-to-back opportunities. Siri struck again on an even series next, and USC was up 10-2.
After Princeton buried a 6-on-5 chance of its own later in the second, USC buckled in and rattled off the next nine goals, turning an 11-3 halftime advantage into a 19-3 lead early in the fourth. The surge was highlighted by a set of new Trojan scorers on the day. Jeremy Davie and Kostas Genidounias capped off their day with hat tricks, Matt Burton and Rex Butler would each blast back-to-back goals, while Chase Watson and Ivan Kustic also got in on the scoring action. Kustic's savvy lob over Princeton goalie Alex Gow made it a 19-3 USC lead before the Tigers stopped the scoring blitz with 7:07 remaining in the fourth. Andrew Reego plugged in two more for the Trojans, and Marc Vonderweidt wrapped up the offensive action for the Trojans to finish off a 22-5 win for USC. Goalie Ely Bonilla hauled in 10 saves during his reign in the cage for the Trojans before giving way to Aleck Ryner during the fourth period.
USC's next action is an 8 a.m. matchup with St. Francis tomorrow (Sept. 29) to kick off the SoCal Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif.
#1 USC 22, #16 Princeton 5