Seven Women of Troy Earn All-MPSF Honors|
April 29, 2014
As the USC women's' water polo team carries the No. 3 seed into the 2014 NCAA Tournament as defending champions, seven Women of Troy have landed individual accolades with spots on this year's All-MPSF honor roll. Now a three-time All-MPSF First Team honoree, junior Monica Vavic leads the pack alongside fellow All-MPSF First Team selection Kaleigh Gilchrist, who is a first-teamer for the first time in her Trojan career. Four Trojans are in the books with All-MPSF Honorable Mention, with seniors Flora Bolonyai, Kelly Mendoza and Madeline Rosenthal joined by junior Eike Daube on that list. It's Daube's first set of All-MPSF honors. Freshman Stephania Haralabidis, meanwhile, has landed a spot on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team. This is the first time in program history that USC has placed six players on All-MPSF teams -- not including All-Freshman/Newcomer honorees.
Now a three-year veteran of the All-MPSF First Team crew, Monica Vavic is the Trojans' top scorer for the second straight season. As she's climbed to No. 7 all-time in career scoring at Troy, Vavic has plugged in 67 goals for USC this season. She's struck in 24 games with 21 multiple-game outings this year, including a career-high six-goal game early in the season. Her scoring output this season is third best in the conference, as she averages just under 2.5 goals per game.
Making her debut on the All-MPSF First Team is senior standout Kaleigh Gilchrist, a captain who has tallied 33 goals to date for the Trojan cause. Gilchrist has run her career scoring count up to 140 to currently rank No. 12 all-time in USC's history books as she now adds First Team honors to a pair of All-MPSF Second Team picks scored in the past two seasons. So far this year, Gilchrist has scored in 19 games with eight multiple-goal efforts, including another career-high five-goal game recorded earlier this year.
Helping to secure a record number of All-MPSF honorees this season are a set of four Trojans on the All-MPSF Honorable Mention list. Now a three-time All-MPSF honoree, senior goalie Flora Bolonyai has locked down the No. 1 spot in the USC history books, standing tall as the Trojans' all-time saves leader with her work this season. With 2014 All-MPSF Honorable Mention this year, Bolonyai leads the conference defensively with just 4.96 goals-against per game. Meanwhile, she's averaging almost 10 saves per game for the Trojan defense, having accumulated 228 saves on the year. Bolonyai earned Second Team and First Team honors in the previous two seasons. USC's wall in the cage, Bolonyai has recorded 14 games with 10 or more saves this season to date. She has grabbed two MPSF Player of the Week selections this year.
USC's third leading scorer in her junior season, Eike Daube has been a powerhouse for the Trojans this season in working her way to All-MPSF Honorable Mention selection this year. The first-time honoree has punched in 39 goals to date, averaging 1.4 per game to rank 22nd in the conference. An MPSF Player of the Week pick this season, Daube has struck in 19 games with 11 multiple-goal outings, peaking with a career-high five goals scored against UC Irvine earlier this month.
For seniors Kelly Mendoza and Madeline Rosenthal, this also marks a first appearance on the All-MPSF Honorable Mention list. Both were MPSF All-Freshman selections in their first seasons of action, and their strong play has helped land them on the All-MPSF honor roll in their final year as Trojans. Mendoza has matched her 2013 output with 23 goals scored to date, having struck in 15 games with seven multiple-goal outings, including the second hat trick of her Trojan career last week during the MPSF Tournament. Rosenthal, too, is in position to better her output from last season. Rosenthal has scored 21 goals in 2014, getting to the back of the net in 13 games with six multiple-goal efforts.
Freshman Stephania Haralabidis had a hat trick in her first game as a Trojan and has stayed hot-handed throughout the season. USC's second leading scorer with 54 goals, she ranks sixth in the conference in scoring with 2.0 goals per game. She recently set a new career high for herself with six goals scored during an MPSF Tournament victory, adding another two goals the next day to make it 22 games that see has scored in to date. Sixteen of those effort have seen two more more goals come from her hands, helping to secure the true freshman with a spot on the 2014 MPSF All-Newcomer Team.
The Women of Troy are now setting up to host the 2014 NCAA Tournament next week (May 9-11) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The defending national champions hold a 24-3 overall record and are seeded No. 3 in the tournament. USC will open up against No. 6 seed UC Irvine at 1:45 p.m. on Friday (May 9).
MPSF All-Newcomer Team
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