No. 1 USC Picks Up A Pair Of Wins On A Busy Day In Honolulu
March 23, 2014
HONOLULU -- Hawai'i isn't known for its busy days, but the No. 1 USC women's water polo team made it a successfully busy business trip to Honolulu yesterday (March 22) with a winning doubleheader. The top-ranked Trojans opened up their Saturday in paradise with a powerful 12-3 win over No. 12 Long Beach State before serving up a 14-6 victory over No. 11 host Hawai'i that same day. USC scored the first nine goals of the game against the 49ers and drummed the first 10 against the Rainbow Wahine en route to the pair of dominating victories. The Women of Troy are now 18-0 overall this season and riding a 25-game win streak that dates back to last season's run to the NCAA Championship.
In Saturday's first matchup, the Trojans racked up a 9-0 lead on the 49ers before Long Beach State was able to finally get on the board with a lone goal almost five minutes into the third period of play. Five Trojans had a hand in building that advantage, while goalie Flora Bolonyai held court in the cage on the defensive end. In the fourth frame, the offensive arm belonged to Eike Daube, who drilled a hat trick for the Trojans in the final period to take them out to the 12-3 final. She was the third Trojan to finish with three in the game, joined by Kaleigh Gilchrist and Monica Vavic, who had their hat tricks complete during USC's 9-0 surge.
A couple hours later, the Trojans were back in action against host Hawai'i, and USC showed no signs of slowing for its second match of the day. Rather, the Women of Troy went right back to their dominating ways and scored the first 10 goals of the game, holding the Rainbow Wahine scoreless for the first 15 minutes of action before they got on the board to make the halftime score 10-1 Trojans. This time, Vavic had her hat trick in the books by halftime, as did Stephania Haralabidis. Vavic would plug in her fourth of the match to open up the second half of play. Jennifer Stiefel tallied her first of two next, and the Trojans remained in the driver's seat the rest of the way, although Hawai'i was able to get to the back of the next five times in the second half as the game wrapped up as a 14-6 USC victory. Flora Bolonyai made six saves in her work during the first three periods, and Melanie Slater stepped in for the fourth and made two saves.
The Trojans now return to the mainland for three games next week. USC opens up with a Thursday (March 27) matchup against Hartwick at 5 p.m. at USC's Uytengsu Aquatics Center before heading up to Northern California for two MPSF games. USC will first visit San Jose State for a 12 p.m. clash on Saturday (March 29). Then, the Trojans will pay a visit to Stanford in a marquee match at 5 p.m. on Sunday (March 30).
#1 USC 12, #12 Long Beach State 3
#1 USC 14, #11 Hawai'i 6