No. 3 Trojans Tack Up Two Big Wins At Lancer Invitational|
Sept. 30, 2016
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — The No. 3 USC men’s water polo team had a successful day trip to Riverside in pinning up two big wins in a doubleheader at the Lancer Invitational. In back-to-back action, the Trojans first issued a 21-2 decision over Concordia before turning right around and matching that offensive output in a 21-3 victory over Fresno Pacific. Sixteen different Trojans contributed to the scoring onslaught across the two games as USC improved to 11-1 overall with the victorious day. The Trojans will return home now, setting up for tomorrow’s 1 p.m. clash against No. 4 Pacific at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
The doubleheader day started out well for the Trojans. In the opener against Concordia, USC rattled off a 14-1 lead by halftime. McQuin Baron manned the cage in those first 16 minutes while allowing just a single goal in the first frame. As the Trojans cruised on in the second half, Simon Wu checked in for duty between the pipes on the defensive end. Topping the USC scoring attack in this one was Blake Edwards, who matched his career high with six goals scored against the Eagles. Grant Stein weighed in next with four goals to help pace the Trojans to the finish line of a 21-2 victory.
Moments later, USC was right back at it with a new opponent in the pool. Bryce Hoerman got that one off to a hot start with back-to-back goals, sparking what would grow to a 10-0 scoring rally by the Trojans. USC would grip a 7-0 lead by halftime while Baron again anchored the cage in a staunch USC defensive stand. Will Rubschlager took over for the second half of action and gathered in four saves in his 16 minutes of work. Offensively, six new Trojans got in on the scoring action, with Daniel Leong and Sam Slobodien boasting the hottest hands with four goals apiece. Slobodien’s fourth set a career high for the redshirt freshman, while Leong's fourth put the finishing touches on USC’s 21-3 victory over Fresno Pacific to wrap the Trojans’ day in Riverside and send them home with a three-game win streak.
No. 3 USC now turns to host No. 4 Pacific in a 1 p.m. nonconference clash tomorrow (Oct. 1) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.
2016 LANCER INVITATIONAL (Riverside, Calif.)