No. 3 USC Tacks Up Title At Triton Invitational|
Feb. 8, 2015
LA JOLLA, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team stayed the course for another set of strong wins to finish out the Triton Invitational as champions today. The Trojans rang up a 19-3 win over No. 11 Cal State Northridge in the morning semifinal to move into the title match. There, USC served up a 10-5 win over No. 6 UC Irvine to stake its claim on the tourney title. Sophomore Stephania Haralabidis was on fire offensively for USC today, pumping in 10 goals -- five in each match -- to help keep her Trojans in full control. USC is now 6-0 overall on the year with the winning weekend in La Jolla, Calif.
The semifinal started up with USC in total control once again. The Trojans zoomed out to a 9-0 halftime advantage with six different scorers. Stephania Haralabidis had the hot hand out of the gates, rifling four of her final five goals during the first half of action. CSUN would break its silence with a score in its first possession of the second half, and the Matadors put another rome through about a minute later. Now with the score at 10-2 Trojans, USC roared back to life once more. Eight more USC goals would follow as the Women of Troy ballooned its lead to 18-2 with 2:59 left to play. CSUN struck again, but USC had the last word on a Sydney Blubaugh blast that made it a 19-3 final victory for the Trojans. Along with Haralabidis' game-high five goals, USC also received hat tricks from senior Monica Vavic and freshman Courtney Batcheller in the semifinal win.
In the championship bout, senior Eike Daube got the ball rolling for the Trojans with a score on USC's first attack. Stephania Haralabidis followed soon after, staying in high gear to get USC ahead 2-0 early on against the Anteaters. UC Irvine would get within one goal on two occasions in the first frame, but Haralabidis had an answer each time. Her first-period hat trick helped USC lead 4-2 after one frame. Melissa Bergesen and Jennifer Stiefel would account for the only USC goals in the second, but the Trojan defense did the rest in order to hold a 6-2 lead on the Anteaters at halftime. The second half saw the Trojans pull away further, as USC answered a UCI goal with three of its own to bump ahead 9-3 entering the final period. Haralabidis added two more goals in the third to round out her second straight five-goal outing, while freshman goalie Victória Chamorro hauled in a whopping 15 saves in backing up the Trojan defense. By the final buzzer, the Trojans were holding tight to the title with a 10-5 victory.
USC's next competition takes the Women of Troy to Riverside for action at the Lancer Invitational Feb. 13-14.
2015 TRITON INVITATIONAL (La Jolla, Calif.)
SAVES: Victória Chamorro (USC) 15, UCI n/a.