No. 2 USC Handles No. 6 Loyola Marymount, 10-2|
Oct. 20, 2004
LOS ANGELES -- The sixth-ranked Loyola Marymount University men's water polo could not find their balanced offense as they dropped a 10-2 decision to third-ranked USC at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference battle.
The Lions trailed by just one goal after the first period as Endre Rex-Kiss scored on a four-meter shot with 2:16 remaining to tie the game at 1-1. With just 26 seconds remaining in the period Garrett Gentry scored the first of six extra-man goals as they took the lead for good. USC improves to 15-2 on the year while the Lions fall to 13-6.
The difference in the game was the extra-man attack as the Lions went 0-8, earning four opportunities in each half, including a goalie exclusion. While the Lions could not convert, USC did, hitting on 6-of-9. USC broke the game open with seven unanswered goals that started with the last second goal to close the first quarter.
USC led 6-1 at the break and extended the lead to 8-1 before Tyler Swanson scored the Lions only other goal with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter. USC goalie Adam Shiling helped the Trojans' cause with eight saves. Ian Elliott had seven for LMU.
The Trojans will host Pacific on Friday (Oct. 22) at 5 p.m. and No. 4 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Oct. 23) at 1 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
#3 USC 2 4 2 2 -- 10
#6 LMU 1 0 1 0 -- 2
LMU - Endre Rex-Kiss, Tyler Swanson.
LMU - Ian Elliott 7.
(courtesy Loyola Marymount Sports Information)