No. 2 USC Soars To 11-2 Win Over Brown
Oct. 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The USC men's water polo team dominated the first half once again with a staunch defense that held visiting Brown scoreless through nearly three quarters on the way to an 11-2 victory on Sunday at McDonald's Swim Stadium. Leading the way in the scoring column was USC sophomore two-meter man Tommy Corcoran, who rifled in three goals for the Trojans. With the win, USC improves to 9-1 on the season, while Brown moves to 13-9 overall.
The USC defense was stingy in the first half. Trojan goalie Don Ricci (Sacramento, Calif./Jesuit HS) didn't see his first shot until late in the first quarter thanks to his stubborn defense. That Brown attempt sailed wide, however, and USC earned an ejection going back the other way. Although the power play situation passed by the Trojans, when the teams pulled even Joe Cosentino (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich HS) found Corcoran (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) at two meters with a minute left in the period. The Cosentino-Corcoran connection had already been proven effective a minute earlier, and at the 1:03 mark, Corcoran made good once again for his second goal of the game and a 4-0 USC lead.
In the second period, Justin McCain (La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School) capped up in goal for USC, and the Trojans stayed in control and knocked in two more goals -- first with a slick spin and shot by Juan Delgadillo (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake HS), and then on Corcoran's third goal of the game from set. In the second half, USC ballooned that lead to 8-0 on back-to-back 6-on-5 scores. Delgadillo scored his second goal with a nearside skip shot, and Thomas Hale (Long Beach, Calif./Wilson HS) tacked up his first of two power play scores in the period. Before Hale could finish off that second 6-on-5 score, however, Brown was able to get on the board with a nice push shot from Nico Fort, which made it an 8-1 game. Hale's power play goal with 30 seconds left in the frame made it 9-1 USC for the final quarter.
Two new Trojan scorers -- Matt Aksel (Beaverton, Ore./Westview HS) and Adam McCall (Huntington Beach, Calif./Servite HS) -- got in on the action in the fourth quarter to get the USC edge to 11-1. With 1:15 left to play, Brown put in one last score off the counterattack with a goal from Greg Harm.
USC returns to action next weekend at the Northern California Tournament hosted by top-ranked California.
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