Women's Water Polo
    No. 2 Trojans Take Triton Invitational Title
    Cap 10 this season, senior Dominique Sardo scored four goals today for the Trojans.
    Cap 10 this season, senior Dominique Sardo scored four goals today for the Trojans.

    Feb. 10, 2013

    SAN DIEGO, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC women's water polo team got out of the gates as champions with a 4-0 start to 2013 play and a successful run to the UCSD Triton Invitational title. The Women of Troy topped San Diego State12-3 in the semifinals today, then steered toward victory again in a 13-6 championship win over Arizona State this evening in San Diego.

    That ticket to the title match was punched with a solid semifinal effort against No. 7 San Diego State in the Trojans' morning matchup. USC built a 3-0 lead and when the Aztecs cut the lead down to one the Trojans responded with a now-trademark streak out of reach. USC manufactured a 7-0 scoring run that spanned halftime, with Kaleigh Gilchrist and Eike Daube each blasting a pair of goals during the surge to a 10-2 lead with 3:29 to play in the third. SDSU would stop the run at seven with a score at the 2:25 mark, but the Trojan defense would allow nothing more from the Aztecs the rest of the way. Goalie Flora Bolonyai would pitch a shutout in the fourth frame, while USC tallied one in the fourth from Hannah Buckling, and the Trojans were decidedly through to the final with a 12-3 win.

    In the evening's final, USC never trailed, but did have to shake off a 3-3 tie with the Sun Devils during the first frame. The Trojans wrapped two three-goal surges around a single ASU strike to pad USC's advantage out to a five-goal edge just after halftime. The attack was again balanced for the Women of Troy, with seven different players scoring in the 13-6 decision. Vavic was the top gun in this one, knocking in four goals for the Trojans, with Jayde Appel, Madeline Rosenthal and Dominique Sardo each tallying a pair in the championship victory.



    USC's next action takes the Trojans to Riverside for the Lancer Invitational Feb. 15-16.

    2013 UCSD TRITON INVITATIONAL (San Diego, Calif)

    SEMIFINAL - Feb. 10, 2013
    #2 USC 12, #7 San Diego State 3
    USC 3 - 5 - 3 - 1 = 12
    SDSU 1 - 1 - 1 - 0 = 3

    USC -- Monica Vavic 2, Eike Daube 2, Kaleigh Gilchrist 2, Dominique Sardo 2, Jayde Appel, Colleen O'Donnell, Courtney Walters, Hannah Buckling.
    SDSU -- Amber Pezzolla, Anique Hermann, Taelor Moreno.

    SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 8, Rachel Mitchell (SDSU) 13.

    CHAMPIONSHIP - Feb. 10, 2013
    #2 USC 13, #5 Arizona State 6
    USC 5 - 3 - 4 - 1 = 13
    ASU 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 = 6

    USC -- Monica Vavic 4, Jayde Appel 2, Madeline Rosenthal 2, Dominique Sardo 2, Colleen O'Donnell, Olivia Cummins, Kaleigh Gilchrist.
    ASU -- Shannon Haas 2, Petra Pardi, Ao Gao, Alicia Brightwell, Abigail Kerth.

    SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 5, Ianeta Hutchinson (ASU) 10.