Women's Water Polo
    No. 2 USC Rolls On To Lancer Invitational
    The Women of Troy head into another busy couple days with a trip to Riverside.
    The Women of Troy head into another busy couple days with a trip to Riverside.

    Feb. 13, 2013

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    THIS WEEK
    The No. 2 USC women's water polo team continues its 2013 campaign this week with a trip to Riverside for four games of action at the Lancer Invitational. The Trojans' schedule is set, with USC (4-0) opening up its Friday (Feb. 15) competition against No. 11 Long Beach State at 12 p.m. The Trojans will go back-to-back in taking on Azusa Pacific at 1:30 p.m. that day. On Saturday (Feb. 16), USC will again play a doubleheader, taking on host Cal Baptist at 1 p.m. and then turning around to face Concordia at 2:20 p.m.

    THE LAST MEETING
    Long Beach State3
    USC7
    March 22, 2012
    McDonald's Swim Stadium
    No. 3 USC Tacks Up 7-3 Win Over Long Beach State
    The No. 3 USC women's water polo team spread out its scoring attack with goals from seven different scorers in a 7-3 win over visiting Long Beach State tonight at McDonald's Swim Stadium. USC senior Nadia Dan delivered her 100th career goal along the way, helping USC to a nonconference victory that improves the Women of Troy to 13-3 overall on the year.

    THE LAST MEETING
    USC12
    Cal Baptist3
    February 18, 2012
    Riverside, Calif.
    THE LAST MEETING
    USC18
    Concordia (Calif.)6
    February 18, 2012
    Riverside, Calif.
    No. 2 USC Cruises Through Two In Riverside
    The No. 2 USC women's water polo team grabbed two more wins today in the second stanza of the Lancer Invitational, topping host Cal Baptist 12-3 before posting an 18-6 win over Concordia. The Women of Troy improve to 7-1 on the season as they bring home four straight wins this week in the action in Riverside, Calif.

    LANCER INVITE CENTRAL

    RANKINGS
    USC opened 2013 ranked No. 2 in the nation, and the Women of Troy remain in that spot entering week four of competition.

    SCOUTING LONG BEACH STATE
    The No. 11 49ers are 3-1 overall after placing fifth at the UCSD Triton Invitational, beating Michigan, Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara and losing in overtime to San Diego State. Chelsea Parks leads LBSU in scoring with eight goals and goalie Kelly Ringel is averaging 8.5 saves and 6.46 goals-against per game. USC is 34-0 all-time against Long Beach State after 11-3 and 7-3 wins over the 49ers last season.

    SCOUTING AZUSA PACIFIC
    The Cougars are 1-8 overall after losses to UC Santa Barbara, LMU, Concordia and Pacific at the UCSB Winter Invite. Alyssa Hess leads APU in scoring with 17 goals and goalie Jessica Armagost is averaging 4.0 saves and 13.3 goals-against per game. This will be the first-ever meeting between USC and Azusa Pacific.

    SCOUTING CAL BAPTIST
    The Lancers are 0-7 overall after losses to Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine at the Lancer Mini Invite last week. USC is 6-0 all-time against Cal Baptist after a 12-3 win over the Lancers last season.

    SCOUTING CONCORDIA
    The Eagles are 4-6 overall after beating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Redlands and La Verne and losing to Cal State Northridge at the Lancer Mini Invite. USC is 1-0 all-time against Concordia after an 18-6 win last season in the teams' first meeting.

    TAKING THE TRITON TITLE
    USC got out of the gates as champions with a 4-0 start to 2013 play and a successful run to the UCSD Triton Invitational title. The Women of Troy topped San Diego State 12-3 in the semifinals, then steered toward victory again in a 13-6 championship win over Arizona State last weekend in San Diego. That ticket to the title match was punched with a solid semifinal effort against No. 7 San Diego State in the Trojans' morning matchup. USC built a 3-0 lead and when the Aztecs cut the lead down to one the Trojans responded with a now-trademark streak out of reach. USC manufactured a 7-0 scoring run that spanned halftime, with Kaleigh Gilchrist and Eike Daube each blasting a pair of goals during the surge to a 10-2 lead with 3:29 to play in the third. SDSU would stop the run at seven with a score at the 2:25 mark, but the Trojan defense would allow nothing more from the Aztecs the rest of the way. Goalie Flora Bolonyai would pitch a shutout in the fourth frame, while USC tallied one in the fourth from Hannah Buckling, and the Trojans were decidedly through to the final with a 12-3 win. In the evening's final, USC never trailed, but did have to shake off a 3-3 tie with the Sun Devils during the first frame. The Trojans wrapped two three-goal surges around a single ASU strike to pad USC's advantage out to a five-goal edge just after halftime. The attack was again balanced for the Women of Troy, with seven different players scoring in the 13-6 decision. Vavic was the top gun in this one, knocking in four goals for the Trojans, with Jayde Appel, Madeline Rosenthal and Dominique Sardo each tallying a pair in the championship victory. jumped all over its first two opponents of 2013 in a pair of balanced wins by the Women of Troy on day one of the Triton Invitational in San Diego. USC had kicked out to a 2-0 start to the season with wins over Cal State East Bay and Cal State Northridge on the first day of action, compiling a grand total of 35 goals. In a 26-4 win over Cal State East Bay, 13 different scorers got to the back of the net for the Trojan cause, led by four from Monica Vavic and hat tricks from Madeline Rosenthal, Olivia Cummins and Emilie Myers. Myers was one of three Women of Troy to tally their first career goals at USC in the game, with fellow freshmen Jayde Appel and Courtney Walters also tallying for the Trojans. In the afternoon matchup with Cal State Northridge, USC newcomer Hannah Buckling struck first to notch her first goal as a Trojan en route to a 9-2 win over the Matadors. Monica Vavic would emerge as the top scorer at the tourney with 14 goals and eight assists to help earn her first career honors as the MPSF Player of the Week.

    CAPTAINS CORNER
    USC's captains this year are senior Dominique Sardo and junior Kaleigh Gilchrist, who each tote 62 career goals into this 2013 season. All-Americans both, the two Trojan veterans are lined up to lead the Women of Troy by word and deed this season.

    WORLD WARRIORS
    USC has an influx of incredible international talent this season. Freshly capped up for their first seasons as Trojans are Australian imports Jayde Appel and Hannah Buckling, along with Olympic gold medalist Anni Espar of Spain. Espar was named to the 2012 Olympic All-Star Team and also selected the European Women's Water Polo Player of the Year. Appel has been a member of the Australian Junior National Team, and Buckling is a member of the Australian Senior National Team. Even more international experience already lives large on the Trojan roster. Olympian Flora Bolonyai helped Hungary to a fourth-place finish in London, and the junior now returns to Troy to guard the cage as one of USC's most experienced and decorated goalies in history. A veteran crew of U.S. Junior National Team talent also shines bright for the Trojans, with sophomore Eike Daube a current member of the U.S junior team, and 2011 Junior World Championship teammates for the USA Kelly Mendoza, Colleen O'Donnell, Madeline Rosenthal, Dominique Sardo. Mendoza is another new addition to the Trojan roster for 2013, coming to Troy as a junior transfer from Cal. Sophomore Monica Vavic, too, also has spent time in international waters playing for the U.S. youth and junior teams.

    PARDON OUR DUST
    The home of the Trojans is a work in progress right now, but pool is still intact. USC has begun construction of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, which will house the Trojan aquatics programs as well as feature a beautiful state-of-the-art facility that has already been tabbed as the site of the 2014 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships. The Women of Troy will host three games at their home pool this season, so don't be tricked by the construction surrounding the pool... USC aquatics is still in full swing on campus!

    CARDINAL & GOLD PAIRS WELL WITH RED, WHITE & BLUE
    USC's decorated and championship-savvy water polo head coach, Jovan Vavic, added another team to his charge in being named interim head coach of the USA Men's Senior National Team, USA Water Polo's Chief Executive Officer Chris Ramsey announced In November 2012. The 11-time National Coach of the Year at the helm of both the USC men's and women's programs, Vavic stepped into the international realm in an effort to help Team USA qualify for the 2013 FINA World Championships. In his debut as interim head coach for Team USA Vavic, along with Trojan head assistant coach Marko Pintaric, successfully guided Team USA to qualification for the upcoming FINA World Championships. Leading a fairly young U.S. squad -- which included current Trojan Nikola Vavic and former Trojan Tommy Corcoran -- coach Vavic helped the United States to reach the final of the UANA World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament in order to secure a spot at Worlds. Vavic and Pintaric both have returned to USC to resume duties leading the USC women as they begin their 2013 season. Both coaches will remain on staff for the USC men and women.

    2012 RECAP
    The 2012 Women of Troy fought back to the NCAA final for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Seeded third in the tourney, USC beat rival UCLA 12-10 in the 2012 NCAA semifinals to force a rematch of the 2010 national championship game with a bout against top-seeded Stanford. The Cardinal won the title with 6-4 victory, putting the Trojans at 23-6 overall on the year as USC finished ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Trojans finished third in the MPSF Tournament. Led by freshman first-team selection Monica Vavic, the USC landed six All-Americans for the 2012 season, including a pair of newly crowned two-time All-Americans in second-team selection Flora Bolonyai and honorable mention recipient Nadia Dan. The rest of the group grabbed their first career honors, with sophomore Kaleigh Gilchrist on the second team, and sophomore Colleen O'Donnell and junior Dominique Sardo earning honorable mention. Gilchrist was the Trojans' top scorer in 2012 with 47 goals, followed by Vavic with 39. Bolonyai averaged 8.6 saves per game and 5.3 goals-against per game on the year. In all, the USC offense averaged 11.1 goals per game, while the defense allowed 5.2 goals-against per game. USC outscored opponents 321-151 in 2012. •