Ten Scorers Power USC To 13-3 Win Over LMU
Oct. 8, 2011
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 4 USC men's water polo team paired up a diverse offensive onslaught with dominating defense in working out a 13-3 win over visiting No. 12 Loyola Marymount on Saturday afternoon at McDonald's Swim Stadium. Freshman Kostas Genidounias and senior Peter Kurzeka were the only Trojans to tally more than a single goal in the game as USC spread the wealth among 10 different scorers. The only goals LMU managed in the match were on power plays in the Trojan victory, which improves USC to 11-2 overall.
Nikola Vavic and Peter Kurzeka rang up the first goals of the day for USC in the first frame as the Trojans took a 2-0 advantage in the first. LMU tightened things up to 2-1 on a power play score with the Trojans playing two men down on the first possession of the second, but USC would go into shutdown mode defensively for almost 20 minutes after that. USC goalie Joel Dennerley racked up seven saves during his three periods of action while his Trojan defense turned away even more LMU attempts to break the silence. Field blocks and steals by the Trojans squelched numerous Lion offensive series, while USC continued to pile up goals on the offensive end. Ely Bonilla stepped in to man the cage in the fourth period, making three saves although the Lions were able to convert on two of their 6-on-5 chances in the frame.
The Trojans kicked out on a 9-0 scoring run that built up an 11-1 lead. Genidounias sparked the surge with a skipper early in the second period, tallied another one a setup from Vavic just before the end of the third, and then made it a hat trick with a slick crosscage strike that put USC ahead 11-1 at 4:34 in the fourth. Kurzeka's second goal of the day would come midway through the scoring run, while Stephen Siri finished off a counterattack, Tobias Preuss delivered a wraparound blast, Mace Rapsey went big on another Vavic assist and then served up a pass for Jeremy Davie to slam home, and Connor Virjee launched one of his own in the fourth to help aid the Trojan cause.
After LMU managed to snap the 9-0 run with the first of two 6-on-5 scores from Edgaras Asajavicius in the fourth, Brian Boswell got big at two meters for a score that made it 12-2. The Trojans' final goal of the day came on a blast from A.J. MacDonell, who finished off a Kurzeka pass on a counterattack to take USC to a 13-3 lead and become the 10th Trojan to score in the match.
USC's next competition takes the Trojans to Berkeley for a visit with Cal. USC will clash with the Bears at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 15) in the teams' MPSF showdown.
Oct. 8, 2011 -- McDonald's Swim Stadium