No. 1 Trojans Tame Lions 17-6
April 4, 2013
WESTCHESTER, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC women's water polo team made a forceful move well out of reach of host LMU today, blasting 13 goals in the second and third periods of play to launch far ahead of the No. 11 Lions for a 17-6 nonconference win the road. A second-period hat trick from Monica Vavic was a big spark for the Women of Troy, who would get nine players in on the scoring to help keep USC's undefeated record well intact. The Trojans improve to 19-0 with today's win over LMU.
The Lions had the reins on the Trojans through the first nine minutes of action, keeping it a one-goal game as Laura Lopez painted the corners with back-to-back goals to make it 4-3 USC just over a minute into the second period of play. USC surged back alive from there, however, and promptly deposited six straight goals into the back of the net by halftime for a 10-3 halftime advantage. Vavic and Jayde Appel would each tally a pair of goals during the run, which extended to seven in a row when Kaleigh Gilchrist finished off a Kelly Mendoza feed to make it 11-3 Trojans early in the third.
USC continued to pepper the LMU goal with shots and scores in the third period. Lopez drilled another slick bar-in strike for the Lions, but the Trojans got a spike at the post from Vavic for her fourth goal of the day -- 97th of her career -- as well as a 5-meter penalty shot from Colleen O'Donnell, a 6-on-5 blast from Madeline Rosenthal, a finish out of a scrum at set from Appel -- her third of the game -- and finally a smooth bar-in rocket from Eike Daube to take the Trojans ahead 16-5 entering the final period of play. The scoring frenzy would settle out in the fourth, with each team landing a goal apiece. Lopez laced another one in top shelf for LMU, but USC's Olivia Cummins answered with a cross cage lob that wrapped up the day's scoring with the scoreboard reflecting a dominating 17-6 USC victory.
The undefeated Trojans have one more nonconference game on the agenda this week. USC will head to face No. 7 UC Irvine for a 1 p.m. matchup on Saturday (April 6).
#1 USC 17, #11 LMU 6