Five Women of Troy Earn All-America Accolades|
June 5, 2017
In a season that saw the USC women’s water polo team break the national record win streak and close out the 2017 campaign one win away from a program-record victory count, five Women of Troy have landed spots on the All-American honor roll put together by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Now a four-time All-American as she closes her USC career as the Trojans’ No. 2 all-time scorer, Stephania Haralabidis leads the group with a place on the All-America First Team. Freshman Maud Megens, meanwhile, begins her USC career with All-America Second Team honors. On the All-America Third Team are two Trojans — senior Brigitta Games and sophomore Amanda Longan — while All-America Honorable Mention goes to junior Brianna Daboub.
Senior Stephania Haralabidis now has back-to-back All-American First Team honors. She was the MPSF’s top scorer with 84 goals tallied in 2017, notching the third most single-season goals by a Trojan and pulling the senior up to rank No. 2 all-time in career scoring at USC as she closed her time at Troy with 269 career goals. Now a two-time All-America First Teamer, Haralabidis adds to the Honorable Mention she earned as a freshman and her Second Team honors as a sophomore. She was the Cutino Award winner and National Player of the Year in 2016 when the Trojans went undefeated and won it all, and as a senior she landed another set of All-MPSF First Team honors as well as another spot on the NCAA All-Tournament First Team and MPSF All-Tournament Team. Haralabidis scored in 32 games in 2017 with 25 multiple-goal efforts, including an MPSF and USC record nine goals in a single game earlier this year. Haralabidis is just the eighth Trojan to be a four-time All-American.
Starting her USC career off with a bang is freshman Maud Megens, who has collected a place on the All-America Second Team after providing 58 goals in 2017 to stand as USC’s second leading scorer. She also nabbed a spot on the All-MPSF Second Team, MPSF All-Newcomer Team, MPSF All-Tournament Team and the NCAA All-Tournament Second Team for her work in helping USC to a 29-4 overall record and a journey to the NCAA Semifinals. In all, Megens struck in 25 games with 20 of those standing as multiple-goal outings, topping out with a pair of five-goal games. Her 58 goals tallied this season is the third most by a USC true freshman.
Senior Brigitta Games has been a force to reckon with throughout her three seasons as a Trojan. In those three years of work, she accumulated 127 career goals while anchoring the tough two-meter spot for the Women of Troy. Almost half of those goals came this year, as she powered out 57 goals in her senior campaign en route to this 2017 selection to the All-America Third Team. She was an Honorable Mention recipient as a sophomore and a First Team pick last season while also earned honors as a Cutino Award finalist during USC’s 2016 NCAA Championship run. This season, Games also picked up All-MPSF Second Team honors and a spot on the MPSF All-Tournament Team. She scored in 28 different games in 2017 with 14 multiple-goal outings, including a seven-goal explosion against San José State in March.
Sophomore goalie Amanda Longan had another big year for the Trojans in the cage, collecting 221 saves in her 24 appearances to average 10.91 saves per game. Her skill has helped secure another All-American honor for the sophomore, who is on the All-America Third Team this season. She was a First Team selection last year in USC’s NCAA Championship journey, and she was similarly stingy in backing up the Trojan defense again this season as she allowed just 5.58 goals per game while notching 14 different games with double-digit saves in 2017. Along the way, Longan also landed All-MPSF Second Team honors. Her 221 saves this year is the eighth most in a single season by a Trojan, while Longan also climbed the USC career ladder to rank No. 7 all-time with 366 career saves.
A team captain for the second straight season, junior Brianna Daboub also locked in with her second claim to All-America Honorable Mention. Daboub scored in 20 games in 2017, including seven goals scored during the postseason, while topping out with a hat trick in the NCAA Semifinals. She set a new career high for herself earlier in the year with a four-goal effort against Pomona-Pitzer.
Complete ACWPC All-America release available HERE.