Matt Maier Named MPSF Newcomer of the Week|
Sept. 26, 2016
True freshman Matt Maier was USC’s second leading scorer at the Mountain Pacific Invitational, scoring in every game at the tourney as the Trojans took third place last weekend. For his powerful performance, Maier has been selected as the MPSF Newcomer of the Week — the first Trojan to win the award this season.
Maier scored twice in group play wins over No. 19 Santa Clara (21-4) and No. 7 Long Beach State (9-4). In the semifinals, Maier scored once in USC’s 10-8 loss to No. 3 Cal. And in the third-place game, Maier added his sixth goal of the tournament with a skip shot that netted USC an early 3-0 lead over No. 4 Pacific en route to an 8-3 win to take third at the tournament. Maier had entered the tournament having scored just 3 goals in USC’s first six games before delivering six for the Trojans in Berkeley.
Maier and the 9-1 Trojans are now settled back into home waters this week to set up for a rematch against Pacific at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 1) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.