No. 1 USC Tacks Up 15-6 Win Over Brown
April 1, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The No. 1 USC women's water polo team kept a steady stream of scoring going to stay out of reach of visiting No. 20 Brown, as the Women of Troy worked their way to a 15-6 win over the Bears in a nonconference clash at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Thursday afternoon. With Patricia Jancso in the lead with a hat trick, nine different Trojans got in on the scoring action in the win, while USC goalie Tumua Anae recorded yet another double-digit save performance in the victory. USC's 15th consecutive win improves the Trojans to 15-1 overall, and Brown goes to 15-7.
Behind another set of flawless opening sprints from Forel Davies and Constance Hiller in the fourth, USC scored on its first possession in every frame. Nadia Dan set the tone with her strike to start the match, and went back-to-back for the Trojans to take a 2-0 lead in the game. Kara-Leigh Huse would hit Sarah Van Norman for a backhand blast out of set next, and USC was up 3-0. Brown got on the board with 1:30 on the clock in the first with a score out of a 6-on-5 opportunity, only to see Patricia Jancso slice in a score 15 seconds later for the Women of Troy. The Bears' Sarah Glick got open at the post and put one in with 18 ticks to go, and USC held a 4-2 lead going into the second period of play.
There, the Trojans got down to business and rattled off four straight scores from four different players. Some smooth ball movement got the ball into the hands of Forel Davies first to start the run. Kally Lucas punched one in next on a USC 6-on-5, and Jancso would go nearside low soon after. After an Anae save, Huse got the ball down to Joelle Bekhazi for the lob and an 8-2 USC lead with 3:33 on the clock. Brown managed back-to-back goals to end the Trojan scoring spurt, as 6-on-5 scores came from Presant and Glick before Kami Craig wrapped up the half with a score out of set to make it a 9-4 USC lead at halftime.
The Women of Troy kicked off the second half with another four-goal run. Craig took a pass from Jancso for a power move at 2-meters on USC's first trip down-pool, and more USC goals would follow from Bekhazi, Jancso and Lucas. Lucas' shot slid bar-in to punch USC ahead 13-4 before Brown's Katherine Stanton nailed a score to the high corner with 10 seconds left to make it 13-5. In the final frame, Huse and Nicolina McCall got to the back of the net for the Trojans. Brown got up on a 6-on-4 in the final minute of action and finished off the opportunity on a score from Stanton to wrap up the game as a 15-6 USC victory.
USC's next competition will be a double-header on Saturday (April 3) beginning at 12 p.m. at McDonald's Swim Stadium. The Trojans will first face No. 19 Cal State Bakersfield before taking on No. 10 Cal State Northridge in nonconference action.
#1 USC 15, #20 Brown 6
SAVES: Tumua Anae (USC) 11, Stephanie Laing (BU) 6.