Davies Delivers Six As No. 1 USC Tops Long Beach State
March 25, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 1 USC women's water polo team streaked to a season-high scoring outing in its return to McDonald's Swim Stadium, tacking up an 18-4 win over visiting Long Beach State on Thursday evening. Senior Forel Davies doubled up on her previous career high as she plugged in six goals to lead the Women of Troy to their 11th straight victory while Tumua Anae snagged 13 saves in the cage. USC improves to 13-1 overall with the win over the 49ers, while Long Beach State goes to 7-13.
Davies had a hat trick in the first period alone to help fire up the Trojan offense. By halftime, Davies had half USC's scoring tally as the Trojans took a 10-0 lead in the game before Long Beach State got on the board with 1:26 to go in the first half. Five other Women of Troy got to the back of the net during that run, while the USC defense clamped down on the 49ers. USC would shut out the 49ers again in the third period, with nine different Trojans winding up with goals in today's win.
In the third period, the Trojan defense again silenced Long Beach State, while junior Joelle Bekhazi worked her way into a hat trick and Davies got her sixth goal. Bekhazi opened the second half with a skipper on a USC 6-on-5 to make it 11-1, and the Women of Troy would fire off on a seven-goal scoring run in the frame. Kally Lucas earned a 5-meter penalty shot for the Trojans, and Patricia Jancso ripped in the score - her first of two goals on the day. Lucas would then setup Kami Craig for her second strike of the night, as Craig powered one in from set to make it 13-1 USC barely two minutes into the second half. Bekhazi's defensive pressure gave way to two more Trojan goals next, as she picked up a steal and hit Davies for a score with 4:37 to go in the third. Another Bekhazi steal led to a cross pass from Sarah Van Norman to Dominique Sardo for a nearside score and a 15-1 USC advantage. Bekhazi and Jancso each plugged in one more goal before the close of the period, as USC held a 17-1 lead entering the final period of play.
In the fourth, Long Beach State was able to get to the back of the net on a quick counterattack score from Lauren Sieprath, who scored again two minutes later for the 49ers. Chelsea Silvers earned a pair of 6-on-5 opportunities for the Trojans in the fourth, although the Trojans' lone score of the period would come on a power play earned by Nicolina McCall with 4:10 remaining. Sardo got the ball back to McCall on the 6-on-5, and McCall put it through to make it 18-3 USC. Long Beach State got the last goal of the game with a score by Branwyn Lee out of set in the final minute, finishing up the game as an 18-4 USC victory.
USC's next competition comes on Saturday (March 27) in an MPSF match against No. 14 San Diego State at 12 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
#1 USC 18, Long Beach State 4
SAVES: Tumua Anae (USC) 13, Kristen Stragier (LBSU) 9.