No. 3 USC Whips Up Two Powerful Wins To Wrap Lancer Invite|
Feb. 14, 2015
RIVERSIDE, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team was an offensive powerhouse once more, pounding out two big wins to cap off the Lancer Invitational in Riverside, Calif. The Trojans improved their season record to 10-0 thanks to a 30-4 win over Pomona-Pitzer and a 31-2 victory over Occidental.
USC pumped out a 6-0 start to the day, with senior Monica Vavic serving up four of those early goals. She'd go on to set a USC record in notching a nine-goal game. That beat the previous top mark of eight single-game goals, which Vavic hit earlier this season to tie the record set in 2001 by Aniko Pelle. Pelle happens to also hold the record for career goals scored by a Trojan, having tallied 255 in her USC to lead Vavic, who now holds 241 after her nine vs. Pomona-Pitzer and then five more in the afternoon match against Occidental.
But Vavic wasn't the only hot-handed Trojan today. Also in the day's opener against Pomona-Pitzer, USC had sophomores Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis nail four goals apiece, with newcomers Brigitta Games and Brianna Daboub adding a hat trick each in the eventual 30-4 victory over the Sagehens. In all, USC had 11 different scorers in that one, which saw the Trojans hold a 14-2 half-time advantage. USC rattled in eight straight goals to open the second half, and would take a 22-3 advantage into the fourth period of play. There, Vavic drilled two more and Ioanna Haralabidis added three of her final four before the last buzzer to help the Trojans wrap up the 30-4 victory.
Soon after that win was in the books, the Trojans splashed back down to finish out their work at the Lancer Invitational with a matchup against Occidental. USC would take a 15-0 lead before Occidental got on the board. Vavic again would lead the way on the scoring front, with a total of 14 Trojans in on the scoring in the eventual 31-2 victory. Ioanna Haralabidis drummed up another four goals, joined by newcomer Melissa Bergesen with four as well. Senior Eike Daube added a hat trick to the count, while five other Trojans had two-goal games in the win.
USC now turns back to tournament play next weekend with a trip to the UCI Invitational for action Feb. 21-22. The Trojans will set up camp at Corona del Mar High in Newport Beach to start things off, opening up group play with a 10:30 a.m. matchup against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday (Feb. 21).
LANCER INVITATIONAL (Riverside, Calif.)
SAVES: Victória Chamorro (USC) 5, Ahsha Earwood (P-P) 6.
#3 USC 31, Occidental 2