April 15, 2017
*Usc 6, CALIFORNIA 3
Recap by USC
BERKELEY, CALIF. -- The No. 2 USC women's water polo team found the surge it needed to power out of a slow first half in Berkeley today, firing off four goals in the third period to net a 6-3 comeback win over No. 5 host California. Ioanna Haralabidis, Brigitta Games and Maud Megens each scored twice in the win, while goalie Amanda Longan collected 11 saves. With her pair of goals today, Games moved up USC's all-time scoring ladder to crack the top-20, now at No. 19 all-time with 120 career goals. The road victory is a key lift for the Women of Troy, who improve to 26-1 overall and to 4-1 in MPSF play with the result, while Cal goes to 14-7, 2-4.
After a string of misfires by the Trojans, the Golden Bears got the first leg up in the game with a score on a 6-on-5 during the first period. The second frame would unfurl as a defensive stalemate once again until USC senior Brigitta Games broke through for the Trojans with a turn and finish at set to lock the game up at 1-1. That would hold until halftime, and in the third period the Trojans would make their move.
Maud Megens earned a power play for USC and Ioanna Haralabidis' blast would be too hot for the Cal goalie to handle as the Trojans edged into the lead, up 2-1. Cal would get the chance to pull even with a 5-meter penalty shot, but the attempt would bar out and USC goalie Amanda Longan was there to stop the try off the rebound. Freshman Megens would rise up for back-to-back big goals for USC next, sizzling in a score off the foul and then rifling in another goal a minute later to tug the Trojans ahead 4-1. Less than a minute after that, USC got up on a 6-on-5, where Ioanna Haralabidis found Games for the slam to make it 5-1 Trojans on a five-goal scoring surge. Cal would snap the run with a goal in the final minute of the frame, and USC gripped a 5-2 lead entering the fourth.
The scoring clip slowed a bit again in the fourth, but USC's Ioanna Haralabidis ripped in a goal from the corner to make it a 6-2 USC lead with 3:21 left to play. Cal would score two minutes later, but that would wrap the scoring action on the day as USC emerged victorious with the 6-3 MPSF road win.
*ARIZONA STATE 11, San Jose State 3
Recap by ASU
Tempe, Ariz. -- The fourth-ranked Arizona State water polo team defeated No. 15 San Jose State, 11-3, Saturday afternoon at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.
Saturday marked the final home game for the three members of the senior class, goalie Taylor Barrett, center Alkistis Benekou and attacker Claudia Abad. The seniors were honored for their contributions to the ASU water polo program in a ceremony before the start of the match.
In what would develop into a physical matchup, the Sun Devils jumped out to an early lead thanks to execution and teamwork. Center Rosie Huck opened the scoring for ASU with a goal and Bente Rogge followed that with a goal of her own to give the Sun Devils the early 2-0 lead.
Attacker Lena Mihailovic would double the ASU lead, scoring twice in the final minute of the first period to push the Devils out in front 4-0 after one period.
The Spartans struck for their first goal of the game and the only goal of the period with 5:54 left in the second. ASU responded in a big way, holding the SJSU attack without a goal until only 33 seconds remained in the game.
Arizona State (19-6) head coach Todd Clapper discussed his team's gritty defensive effort, "I thought that was our best defensive performance. When we were playing with them, everyone was working hard for position. There was a lot of good shot blocking. On offense, we were creating every time. There were moments where we didn't shoot very well but I felt like they moved the ball well and created opportunities."
ASU tallied three goals and continued to play suffocating defense in the third period, pulling ahead of the Spartans by a score of 7-1. Two of the goals were provided by senior Stephanie Contreras, the second of which beat the third period buzzer by a second. Fellow senior Taylor Barrett entered the game in goal for the Sun Devils in the fourth period.
Clapper shared his thoughts on the performance of his seniors, "I thought the seniors were great. We are really appreciative of what they've done here."
Both Rosie Huck and Alkistis Benekou added a pair of goals each in the final period to cement the win for the Sun Devils.
With the win, Arizona State recorded their first conference home victory of the season.
*Ucla 10, STANFORD 9