No. 2 USC Locks Down Shutout Win Over No. 20 LMU|
Feb. 24, 2017
IRVINE, CALIF. — The No. 2 USC women’s water polo team locked away its first shutout win of the year and got out to a winning start at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational with a 14-0 victory over No. 20 LMU in Irvine. The Trojans will now move on to a 10:30 a.m. clash against either No. 7 Hawai’i or No. 11 Pacific tomorrow (Feb. 25) to close out group play aiming for a semifinal slot tomorrow afternoon. Placement games will be held on Sunday (Feb. 26).
In the Trojans’ tournament opener today in Irvine, the USC defense was relentless, shutting down the Lions the entire way while goalie Amanda Longan collected 10 saves to anchor her squad. On the other end, USC had seven different Women of Troy hit the back of the net, led by a four-goal outburst from Ioanna Haralabidis and a hat trick apiece from Courtney Fahey and Stephania Haralabidis. Both Haralabidis sisters had plugged in three goals apiece by halftime to help charge up the Trojans to a 9-0 lead at the break. Fahey, Denise Mammolito and Hayley McKelvey accounted for the rest of the scoring in those first 16 minutes, while Kelsey McIntosh and Brianna Daboub joined the scoresheet in the second half as USC’s dominant effort continued through to the final buzzer.
With her four-goal game today, Ioanna Haralabidis further closed the gap on the No. 10 all-time career scoring spot. Now with 148 career goals, Ioanna is four goals away from Kaleigh Gilchrist’s career count of 152 at No. 10 on the USC career list.
SAVES: Amanda Longan (USC) 10, Wright (LMU) 4.