No. 3 USC Leaves LMU Behind For 14-5 Win
April 10, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team turned a one-point game into a 10-point game with a balanced effort that launched the Trojans toward a 14-5 final victory over visiting No. 13 LMU today at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The hot hand of the day was wielded once again by Eike Daube, who plugged in three goals during USC's first five-goal surge. When LMU finally broke through, the Trojans spurred off on another five-goal rally to leave the Lions well behind. The win improves USC's overall record to 22-1 on the year.
After a quiet start to the game, the Trojans broke ground when Stephania Haralabidis whipped in her first goal of an eventual hat trick on the day. She'd later have the last word in both the second and third periods to help USC build that hefty lead. The USC defense reigned supreme in the first eight minutes with a string of takeaways to help feed into the attack. A Jayde Appel steal wound up promptly in the hands of a streaking Olivia Cummins, who ripped in the counterattack strike for a 2-0 Trojan lead. Eike Daube slammed home her first of four goals with a blast just four seconds ahead of the first-frame buzzer, and USC took a clean 3-0 lead in to the next stretch.
There, LMU got on the board with a couple 6-on-5 finishes, and then cut it down to a one-point game with a score from Alexandra Honny out of 2-meters. The Women of Troy responded with three goals in the next three minutes, receiving repeat strikes from Daube and Haralabidis along with a searing backhand from Kaleigh Gilchrist to pull the senior up to No. 12 all-time in career scoring.
Daube would go back-to-back with rockets that carried the Trojans to a 9-3 lead midway through the third, and although LMU broke its silence with a close-range goal at the 2:05 mark, that just sparked USC to another rally. Monica Vavic hit Haralabidis for a successful Trojan power play, and USC goalie Flora Bolonyai shut down LMU's next chance with the advantage to preserve a 10-4 advantage entering the final frame. There, Colleen O'Donnell, Jennifer Stiefel and Avery Peterson all got in on the scoring action for the Women of Troy, while LMU finished off the game with a 5-meter penalty score that made it a 14-5 final in USC's favor.
USC now turns to host its final regular-season game of the year when rival UCLA comes to Troy next week. The Trojans and the Bruins will tangle at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (April 16) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center in a game to be televised by Pac-12 Networks.
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