No. 1 USC Shines In 15-7 Win At No. 8 Hawai'i|
March 23, 2013
HONOLULU, HAWAI'I - The top-ranked USC women's water polo team swamped its hosts with seven goals in the third period of play as the Trojans surged to a 15-7 win over No. 8 Hawai'i today in Oahu. In addition to 12 total saves from goalie Flora Bolonyai, USC received four goals from sophomore Monica Vavic during the third frame to lift USC out of reach of the Rainbow Wahine. The Trojans remain undefeated with the win, improving to 16-0 overall on the year.
The Rainbow Wahine held strong in the first half of play, holding 2-1 and 3-2 leads in the first period of play before the Trojans kicked ahead on a three-goal run with scores from Emilie Myers, Kaleigh Gilchrist and Colleen O'Donnell. Hawai'i would make it a 5-4 USC advantage at the half, but the Women of Troy jumped all over the Rainbow Wahine in the third frame.
Gilchrist was the spark as she finished off a 6-on-5 opportunity to get USC back up by two. Monica Vavic got in on the scoring action next with back-to-back blasts, and O'Donnell added another to make it a four-goal spurt as USC climbed ahead 9-4. The Wahine's only goal of the frame was a 5-meter penalty shot, and USC answered that with three more goals -- another pair from Vavic and then a strike from Kelly Mendoza -- to put USC ahead 12-5 entering the final period of play.
The Women of Troy head back to the mainland now, setting up for a doubleheader in Bakersfield next week. The Trojans will face host CSU Bakersfield at 12 p.m on Saturday (March 30) and then plays Brown at 1:30 p.m. that day.
#1 USC 15, #8 Hawai'i 7
SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 12, Amy Carlson 3, Hannah Hogue 3.