Top-Ranked Trojans Take Down Two In Busy Saturday

    Rex Butler jammed in three goals vs. LMU today.

    Oct. 19, 2013

    LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC men's water polo team cruised through two visitors today in a doubleheader at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Trojans started the busy afternoon with a 17-4 win over No. 13 Loyola Marymount before wrapping it all up with a 22-3 win over Cal Lutheran to stretch the USC home win streak out to 33 in a row. USC improves to 19-1 with today's victories.

    Marching into the USC all-time top-10 scoring list today was junior Kostas Genidounias, who tallied two vs. the Lions to crack the top-10 and finished the day tied at USC's No. 8 all-time scoring spot. Jeremy Davie, meanwhile, crept up to No. 22 all-time, and Nikola Vavic added to his No. 1 status with five more goals to tack on his career tally.

    The Lions hung tight to the Trojans in the first frame in cutting it to a 3-2 Trojans edge with a buzzer beater from half tank, sparking USC to kick into gear in the second frame. Ivan Kustic went back-to-back to start up a run, and Connor Virjee rifled in a score to the far post to take USC ahead 6-2. After an LMU score from Milutin Mitrovic, the Trojans would allow no Lion goals for the next nine minutes of play while building up five more goals in the USC column to jump ahead 11-3. In that third frame, Russell Renteria delivered an acrobatic finish on a feed from Kustic on a USC 6-on-5, and Genidounias generated his second of the day with a steal and blast for the Trojan cause.

    In the fourth, USC would pitch a shutout against the Lions, while Jeremy Davie got in on the scoring act with two powerful attacks from set during the frame. Rex Butler pumped in a pair as well to get up to a hat trick in the match, with Mac Carden and Vavic also supplying scores as the Trojans topped off the game with six unanswered blasts to ring up the 17-4 final over LMU.



    In Game Two of the day, USC took on Cal Lutheran, which had come across town after a morning match of its own. The Trojans were ready for the Kingsmen, though, tallying 10 goals in the first period of play and taking a 15-3 halftime advantage. In the second half, the Trojan defense shut out Cal Lutheran, with Paul Mitre and Clark Barry sharing time in the cage in the last 16 minutes of play. By the final buzzer, USC's Chase Watson had led the charge with four goals, and the Trojan effort was also highlighted by the first career goal from Liam Burke as USC wrapped up the win with 13 different Trojans on the board with goals.

    USC's next action has the Trojans hosting their Alumni Game on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 10:30 a.m. before leaving town to take on UC Santa Barbara in an MPSF matchup in Isla Vista on Sunday (Oct. 27) at 12 p.m.

    #1 USC 17, #13 LMU 4
    Oct. 19, 2013 - Uytengsu Aquatics Center
    USC 3 - 6 - 2 - 6 = 17
    LMU 2 - 1 - 1 - 0 = 4

    USC -- Rex Butler 3, Nick Bell 2, Kostas Genidounias 2, Ivan Kustic 2, Connor Virjee 2, Nikola Vavic 2, Jeremy Davie 2, Russell Renteria, Mac Carden.
    LMU -- Milutin Mitrovic 2, Joe Ferretti, Emanuel Di Stasio.
    SAVES: James Clark (USC) 9, Kirk Wilenius (LMU) 9.

    #1 USC 22, Cal Lutheran 3
    Oct. 19, 2013 - Uytengsu Aquatics Center
    USC 10 - 5 - 5 - 2 = 22
    CLU 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 = 3

    USC -- Chase Watson 4, Nikola Vavic 3, Jeremy Davie 2, Nick Bell 2, Connor Virjee 2, Marc Vonderweidt 2, Rex Butler, Kostas Genidounias, Ivan Kustic, Max Hurst-Mendoza, Matt Schwartz, Eugene Chong, Liam Burke.
    CLU -- Max Zappas, Spencer McGrath, AJ Franklin.
    SAVES: Aleck Ryner (USC) 4 [1st half], Paul Mitre (USC) 2 [3rd period], Clark Barry (USC) 4 [4th period], Jesse Owen (CLU) 7.