Women's Water Polo
    No. 1 USC Stays In Control, Tops San Jose State 18-4

    Kelly Mendoza delivered her first hat trick as a Trojan today to help pace USC to victory.

    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
    March 15, 2013 - Uytengsu Aquatics Center
    USC 5 - 5 - 3 - 5 = 18
    SJSU 0 - 1 - 1 - 2 = 4

    USC -- Kelly Mendoza 3, Monica Vavic 3, Hannah Buckling 2, Madeline Rosenthal 2, Dominique Sardo 2, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Anni Espar, Chelsea Silvers, Constance Hiller, Jayde Appel, Colleen O'Donnell.
    SJSU -- Bianca Seyfert, Anna Natalizio, Timi Molnar, Rae Lekness.

    SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 3 [3 periods], Alegra Hueso (USC) 0 [4th period], Maddie Reardon (SJSU) 5 [3 periods], Melanie Merritt (SJSU) 1 [4th period].