No. 1 USC Stays In Control, Tops San Jose State 18-4
March 15, 2013
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The top-ranked USC women's water polo team spread the wealth among 11 different scorers to swamp visiting No. 10 San Jose State with an 18-4 MPSF victory today at the Trojans' home pool. Kelly Mendoza and Monica Vavic led the charge with a hat trick apiece, but the Trojans were a balance of power today as they kept their win streak rolling along to a 15-0 overall record and a 3-0 mark in MPSF play.
It was all USC in the first frame as the Women of Troy started things off on task. USC had a 5-0 lead in the first frame, with Mendoza blasting back-to-back goals in the final 1:30 to give USC the boost. She'd have her first career hat trick as a Trojan in the books by halftime, later finishing off an Eike Daube feed for a score that made it 8-1 Trojans midway through the second period of play. USC had opened up the second with a blast from Hannah Buckling off a pass from Colleen O'Donnell to make it 6-0 before San Jose State finally got on the board with a 6-on-5 score that oozed across the line at 5:14. The Trojans responded with four straight goals before halftime, netting scores from Vavic, Mendoza, Madeline Rosenthal and Anni Espar to roll up a 10-1 halftime advantage.
Out of the gates to start the third, Chelsea Silvers got in on the scoring action for the Trojans to make it 11-1. The Spartans converted on a 6-on-5 next, but USC had two more goals lying in waits Vavic blasted another off an assist from Kaleigh Gilchrist, and Constance Hiller finished off a counterattack feed from Jayde Appel to make it 13-2 Trojans entering the final frame. There, Alegra Hueso took over the cage for Flora Bolonyai, who had ended the third with a 5-on-6 save for the Trojans defense. SJSU got a backhand through early, and scored a 5-meter penalty, but the Trojans weren't done. Dominique Sardo ripped away a steal and shoved through the close-range finish just before the Spartans earned that 5-meter to make it 14-4. USC then scored the final four goals of the game to power ahead to the 18-4 final.
The Trojans now turn to a trip to Hawai'i to take on the Rainbow Wahine on March 23.
#1 USC 18, #10 San Jose State 4