USC Wins Fifth-Straight UCSD Invitational

Amanda Longan, USC (Photo courtesy USC)
Amanda Longan, USC (Photo courtesy USC)
Feb. 13, 2018

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USC junior goalkeeper Amanda Longan (Santa Barbara, CA/San Marcos HS) amassed 23 saves in two games during the Trojans’ run to the Triton Invitational championship. In the title game against No. 4 UCLA, Longan blocked a 5-meter penalty shot in the first half and made four saves in the fourth period en route to a final count of 11 saves in the 6-4 championship win. In group play the previous day, Longan had 12 saves and allowed just two goals in the first period before shutting out No. 18 San Diego State for the final three periods in a 14-2 USC win to advance to the semifinals. This is the first career MPSF Player of the Week honor for Longan, though she earned five newcomer awards as a freshman in 2016. Others Nominated: Bente Rogge (ASU); Lizette Rozeboom (UCLA)…


USC freshman Paige Hauschild (Santa Barbara, CA/San Marcos HS) was the Trojans’ top scorer with 12 goals at the Triton Invitational, including two in USC’s 6-4 win over No. 4 UCLA in the championship game. She also scored twice in the 7-5 semifinal win over No. 7 UC Irvine and rounded out that final day going 8-for-8 on opening sprints. On day one, Hauschild scored four goals in a 13-1 win over Sonoma State and scored four more in a 14-2 win over No. 18 San Diego State to secure USC’s spot in the semifinals. This is the second MPSF Newcomer award for Hauschild. Others Nominated: Lexi Liebowitz (UCLA)……


NO. 2 USC (0-0 MPSF, 7-0 Overall) defeated Sonoma State 13-1, No. 18 San Diego State 14-2, No. 7 UC Irvine 7-5, and No. 4 UCLA 6-4 for its fifth-straight UC San Diego Invitational Championship. The Trojans never trailed in the title game against the Bruins. MPSF scoring leader Paige Hauschild (2.86 GPG) accumulated 12 goals across the four wins, four each on the first day, and two each in the semifinal and final. She also won all eight of her opening sprints on day two. Victoria Chamorro had 27 saves in two outings, 14 vs. Sonoma and 13 vs. UCI. Amanda Longan totaled 23 saves, allowing just five goals in two games against UCLA and SDSU. She owns an MPSF-best 1.50 goals-against average. USC next competes at UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational, Feb. 23-25.

NO. 4 UCLA (0-0 MPSF, 12-1 Overall) defeated Iona 12-1, No. 15 UC San Diego 10-2, and No. 6 Arizona State 7-6, on its way to the title game in La Jolla. Hannah Storum collected a 2018 MPSF single-game high 15 saves against the hosts. Lizette Rozeboom accumulated six goals, four assists, and two steals through the tourney, including the game-winning score with 10 seconds left in the semifinals against ASU. Lexi Liebowitz registered three goals, two assists, two field blocks, three earned exclusions over the four games. UCLA visits UC Irvine Friday (Feb. 16), before returning to Irvine for the Barbara Kalbus Invitational the following weekend.

NO. 6 ARIZONA STATE (0-0 MPSF, 9-2 Overall) won the third-place game in La Jolla, 8-7 over No. 7 UC Irvine. The Sun Devils also knocked off CSU East Bay 11-5 and No. 10 UC Davis, 14-5. Bente Rogge accumulated seven goals and three assists over the 3-1 weekend. Mia Rycraw had nine saves and three steals in the third-place win. Julia Reyes recorded her first career hat trick vs. UCD, while Maud Koopman also had three goals in that win. Arizona State is next in action at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Feb. 23-25).

NO. 1 STANFORD (0-0 MPSF, 7-0 Overall) is off until Feb. 23, when competing in UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational. The Cardinal stayed unbeaten by sweeping through its own Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4), routing No. 8 Pacific 16-4 and No. 10 Long Beach State 14-2, before holding off No. 2 California, 11-9 in the first-place game. Kat Klass recorded five goals in the finals, and ended up with 10 across the three wins, along with four field blocks. Katie Dudley tied her career-high of five goals against Pacific, all achieved in the first half. Julia Hermann stopped nine shots in that win.

NO. 2 CALIFORNIA (0-0 MPSF, 9-1 Overall) returns to action Friday (Feb. 17) at UC Davis. Dora Antal scored a hat trick in an 18-3 win over No. 17 San Jose State to open the Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3), and thus became the all-time leading scorer in program history. She broke Emily Csikos’ (2009-13) previous record of 216 on her first goal of that game, and proceeded for five more in the invitational for a career total of 222, which is also tied for 22nd all-time in the MPSF. The Bears also edged No. 9 Michigan 11-10, and No. 11 UC Davis, 14-9, while at Stanford. Carla Carrega delivered five of the 11 Cal goals vs. Michigan, and finished the weekend with 11 total. Kitty Lynn Joustra tallied 10 goals and seven earned exclusions over the 3-1 weekend.

NO. 17 SAN JOSE STATE (0-0 MPSF, 2-6 Overall) is off until Feb. 23-25, when competing in UC Irvine’s Barbara Kalbus Invitational. The Spartans dropped three games at the Stanford Invitational (Feb. 3-4) to California, Michigan, and UC Davis. Guara Garcia Delgado poured in a hat trick in the 12-8 loss to UCD.