Back-to-Back Big Wins For No. 2 USC In Whittier|
Feb. 4, 2017
WHITTIER, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC women’s water polo team put its balance of power on full display today in combining potent offense with stubborn defense to ring up back-to-back wins at the Whittier Invitational. The Trojans opened the morning with a 25-2 win over Pomona-Pitzer and then turned right around to top off the morning with a 24-1 win over Chapman. USC now grips a 10-0 overall record on the year.
In the opening clash against the Sagehens, the Trojans peeled out to a 14-0 halftime lead and ballooned the advantage out to 21-0 in the fourth frame before Pomona-Pitzer was able to break through. By halftime, USC freshman Kelsey McIntosh — playing in just her second game as a Trojan — rang up four goals for the USC cause. So, too, did junior Brianna Daboub. In the third period, senior Stephania Haralabidis would close out her hat trick, and freshman Maud Megens would do the same in the fourth. By the final buzzer, 12 different Women of Troy had scored, while sophomore goalie Amanda Longan gathered 11 saves in going the distance in the cage.
In the second game of the morning’s action, the Trojans took an 8-0 lead on Chapman during the first frame. Seniors Brigitta Games and Avery Peterson would punch up two goals apiece in the first eight minutes to generate a 9-1 USC lead. By halftime, Stephanie Haralabidis and Games had both rounded out a hat trick, with back-to-back blasts from Haralabidis netting 15-1 halftime lead for USC. In the second half, the Trojans would stay the course. Stifling defense was paired with a youth movement as sophomore Courtney Fahey drummed two goals and newcomers Sawyer Belville, Kaylee Brownsberger, Kelsey McIntosh and Denise Mammolito joined fellow freshman Elise Stein on the scoresheet to help finish off a 24-1 final win for USC. Victória Chamorro played the first three of the game before giving way to freshman goalie Holly Parker. No goals would get past Parker down the stretch in the defensively stingy effort by the Trojans.
USC’s next action takes the Trojans to La Jolla, Calif. for competition at the Triton Invitational next weekend, Feb. 11-12.