Amanda Longan Named MPSF Tournament MVP|
May 2, 2016
USC’s 2016 MPSF Championship run was keyed by stingy defense and some key offensive surges by the Trojans, and the MPSF All-Tournament Team honor roll is duly reflective of USC’s powerful performance at the tourney last weekend. Goalie Amanda Longan picked up the MPSF Tournament MVP award, with fellow Trojans Brigitta Games and Stephania Haralabidis joining her on the MPSF All-Tournament Team.
Freshman Amanda Longan stepped into the cage and shut out California in the second half of USC’s semifinal comeback win over the Golden Bears, accumulating 10 saves in the process. The next day, Longan capped up for the complete game of championship action against Stanford and racked up 12 saves while helping hold the Cardinal scoreless in the second quarter en route to USC’s 8-5 come-from-behind win to claim the MPSF crown. Her commanding performance in goal for the Trojans has made her the fifth USC player to be named MPSF Tournament MVP. The last winner was Hannah Buckling in 2013, when USC last won the conference and NCAA titles.
Two-meter force Brigitta Games established her dominance and drummed up two big goals against California in the semis while earning the Trojans countless 6-on-5 chances with her work at set. Each of her goals against the Golden Bears tugged the Trojans back even as USC had to fight out of a first-half hole to win and move on to the title match.
Fellow junior Stephania Haralabidis scored once and added two assists in USC’s tight semifinal win over Cal and then played a key role in USC’s championship win over Stanford, nabbing three steals and serving up two more clutch assists as USC claimed the crown with an 8-5 comeback win.
Undefeated USC now takes its 23-0 record into its 13th consecutive NCAA appearance. Looking for their fifth national championship, the Trojans hold the top seed entering the 2016 National Collegiate Championships, which will be held May 13-15 at UCLA’s Spieker Aquatics Complex. USC will open up with a May 13 quarterfinal clash at 3:30 p.m. against either San Diego State or Wagner.