Men's Water Polo
    Butler Blasts 100th Career Goal In Win Over Pacific

    Senior Rex Butler broke the century mark today with two goals for a career count of 101.
    Oct. 25, 2014

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    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC men's water polo was in control for the duration of today's MPSF clash with No. 8 Pacific. The rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship game was a far cry from last year's title match, as the Trojans kept the Tigers at bay throughout for a final 11-6 victory at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center. With the second goal of the day, USC senior Rex Butler rang up the 100th goal of his Trojan career, while helping propel USC along to victory. The win improves USC to 18-3 overall and to 3-1 in MPSF play.

    Seniors Butler and Kostas Genidounias were the driving offensive force for the Trojans in the first half, accounting for the first three goals in USC's 3-0 start. A 5-meter penalty shot granted Pacific first goal of the game, but Genidounias promptly padded back the lead with a ripper from distance to notch a hat trick for himself just four minutes after Butler had hit the century mark. The perimeter attack from Butler and Genidounias helped open up the inside game for the Trojans, and freshman Lachlan Edwards took full advantage. Edwards opened up a 5-1 USC lead with an authoritative score out of set, and that advantage would hold up to halftime.

    To start out the second half, Edwards again was in full effect. He'd finish off a feed from Nick Bell, and the Trojans were up 6-1 on the visiting Tigers. Almost eight minutes of scoring silence by Pacific was broken by back-to-back strikes from Ben Stevenson, who pulled the score to 6-3 with two goals in less than a minute. McQuin Baron would put a stop to the scoring with a 5-on-6 save next, and USC would convert on the other end soon after. Genidounias buried his fourth goal of the game during a rare USC power play, making it 7-3 Trojans with 3:52 to go in the third. And with under two minutes left, freshman Mihajlo Milicevic joined the scoring column with a laser to make it 8-3 and bring up the fourth.

    There, the teams wound up scoring three apiece, as the Trojans dashed any Pacific hopes of a comeback. Edwards collected a rebound and popped the ball out to Butler, who fired in his second goal of the day to nudge his career mark out to 101. James Walters spread the love to Max Hurst-Mendoza for a rocket out of set next, and USC was well on its way to victory, up 10-4. Before game's end, Mac Carden fed Edwards for another power move at the post, as Edwards rounded out his second straight hat trick. That would stand as USC's final score of the match, which finished up as an 11-6 Trojan victory. Genidounias' second consecutive four-goal effort pumped the senior's career tally up to 243 -- now 11 goals shy of the No. 1 all-time mark. Freshman goalie McQuin Baron wrapped the game with 12 saves for the Trojan defense.

    USC's next action sets up the Trojans for a home stand against crosstown rival UCLA. The Trojans and the Bruins will tangle in a SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup matchup that weighs heavily in the MPSF race. The showdown is set for 7 p.m. next Sunday (Nov. 2) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center and will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

    #2 USC 11, #8 Pacific 6
    Oct. 25, 2014 - Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    USC 2 - 3 - 3 - 3 = 11
    PAC 0 - 1 - 2 - 3 = 6

    USC -- Kostas Genidounias 4, Lachlan Edwards 3, Rex Butler 2, Mihajlo Milicevic, Max Hurst-Mendoza.
    PAC -- Ben Stevenson 2, Devon Thumwood, J.T. Sarmento, Ikko Saito, Krisztian Laczkovics.

    SAVES: McQuin Baron (USC) 12, Chris Hughes (PAC) 15.