No. 1 USC Marches On With 12-3 Win Over No. 10 Princeton|
March 23, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. -- The No. 1 USC women's water polo team peeled out to an 8-0 lead in its return to home waters at Uytengsu Aquatics Center while freshman Maud Megens proceeded to pile on five goals for the Trojan cause in a 12-3 final victory over No. 10 Princeton today. Now 22-0 overall, USC has added to its record win streak to now hold 49 straight victories.
Megens made her presence known early with back-to-back blasts to open the day's scoring for USC -- both off setup passes from Stephania Haralabidis. Haralabidis herself would bury a power play goal next to make it a 3-0 advantage, and then Megen rifled in her third goal just 30 seconds later. Next up it was Annika Jensen, who rattled one in off a pass from Avery Peterson before Brianna Daboub stepped in and went top shelf to wrap up the first frame as a 6-0 USC lead. To start the second, Ioanna Haralabidis hit Brigitta Games for a booming blast off the turn, and USC was up 7-0 just 16 seconds into the second period of play. Not a minute later, Hayley McKelvey joined the scoring fest with a rocket from distance to craft that 8-0 edge for the Trojans. Princeton would break its silence with 5:43 on the clock in the second on a power play blast from Haley Wan, who would account for all three Tiger goals in the game. Wan's goal prompted Megens to bust out to more goals to add to her count and carry USC to a 10-1 lead that would hold up until halftime. Courtney Fahey picked up the final steal of the half, while USC goalie Amanda Longan logged seven saves for the Trojans in her 16 minutes of work in the cage.
She'd give way to Victória Chamorro for the second half, and the junior hauled in five saves while holding Princeton to just two goals -- one a 5-meter penalty shot that came early in the fourth. The USC defense had shut out the Tigers in the third period while freshman Denise Mammolito struck in the final minute to net USC an 11-1 lead entering the final stretch. There, Daboub jammed in USC's 12th goal of the game before Princeton's Wan managed those final two goals to wrap the match as a 12-3 USC victory.
The undefeated Trojans now turn to a doubleheader coming up on Saturday (March 25) at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. USC will face No. 14 San José State at 1 p.m. in an MPSF contest before a nonconference clash against Hartwck at 2:30 p.m.
#1 USC 12, #10 Princeton 3