Vavic Leads Five Trojans On All-MPSF Honor Roll
May 2, 2012
USC's Monica Vavic has become the Trojans' first true freshman since 1999 to be named to the All-MPSF First Team with her selection to the 2012 conference honor roll this year. In addition to Vavic's first-team pick, USC has planted two Trojans on the All-MPSF Second Team in sophomores Flora Bolonyai and Kaleigh Gilchrist, with two more Trojans earning All-MPSF Honorable Mention in junior Dominique Sardo and sophomore Colleen O'Donnell. Vavic also has a spot on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team. That group of five young Women of Troy are leading USC into the 2012 NCAA Tournament next week as the No. 3 seed in the tourney in San Diego, Calif., Mary 11-13.
This year's All-MPSF selections are the first of their careers for all five Women of Troy. True freshman Monica Vavic stands out as USC's second leading scorer with 34 goals to date -- not to mention the plethora of USC goals she has set up thanks to her savvy for assists. A driver who has scored in 21 games this season with 10 multiple-goal outings so far, Vavic shines as USC's only 2012 All-MPSF First Team member. With 11 goals scored in USC's MPSF regular season, Vavic also has secured her place on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team to go along with last weekend's selection to the MPSF All-Tournament Team.
On the 2012 All-MPSF Second Team are two Trojan sophomores responsible for two different aspects of the USC gameplan. Sophomore goalie Flora Bolonyai took a week away from Troy to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games with the Hungarian National Team, and is also the linchpin of the Trojan defense this season. A 2011 All-American Honorable Mention recipient, this is her first honor on an All-MPSF team. She is averaging 8.4 saves per game and a meager 5.1 goals-against per game in her 23 appearances with the Women of Troy this year as they now head into the NCAA Tournament. During MPSF matches, Bolonyai averaged 9.1 saves. At the other end of the pool, sophomore Kaleigh Gilchrist has shouldered the bulk of the load at two-meters and has a team-high 43 goals to show for it, including 11 in MPSF regular-season matches. In all, she's scored in 21 games this year with 11 multiple-goal efforts including a pair of five-goal performances so far.
Continuing in this year's trend of new Trojan names on the MPSF honor roll are two more first-time honorees. USC junior Dominique Sardo is one of a pair of Trojans on the 2012 All-MPSF Honorable Mention list, having taken responsibility for the majority of opening sprints for USC while also keying a stingy USC defense. Offensively, the driver has served up 21 goals to date to run her career total up to 60 as she helps USC to the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Sardo is the only one on this year's MPSF honors list who was in the pool for USC's 2010 National Championship, won in her freshman season at Troy. Rounding out USC's 2012 class of honorees is sophomore Colleen O'Donnell, whose all-around efforts and strengths at both ends of the pool have landed her All-MPSF Honorable Mention as well. O'Donnell has increased her offensive production sevenfold from her first year at Troy, having racked up 21 goals for the Trojans this season to date, including eight scored in MPSF regular-season matches.
After a third-place finish at last week's MPSF Tournament, USC will bring a 21-5 overall record into the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Trojans are looking to claim the program's fourth national championship to go along with titles won in 1999 (before the NCAA sponsored women's water polo) and in 2004 and 2010. Now making their ninth straight NCAA appearance, the Trojans won the 2010 title over Stanford at that same pool at San Diego State, and this year USC has a chance to make another winning run in NCAA action May 11-13 at the Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego, Calif.