In front of a packed Avery Aquatic Center, the No. 2 USC men’s water polo team rang up a crucial MPSF win while also snagging head coach Jovan Vavic’s 500th career victory as a head coach of the USC men’s program with today’s 8-4 final score at Stanford.
The Trojans made a solid defensive stand at the Cardinal’s home pool, shutting out their hosts in the first and third periods to help lock in on the road win. The Trojans opened the day’s action with authority, sending an early message to their hosts in pinning up a 3-0 advantage in the first period of play, but Stanford responded with a pair of goals in the first 1:51 of the second quarter to pull within one. A goal by USC’s Marin Dasic just before halftime pushed the Trojans’ advantage back to two goals at the half (4-2).
USC continue to raise the lead to 5-2 at the beginning of the third quarter. Teams exchange one goal on each side, but that was all and USC had enough to finish the game without too much excitement.
Both teams will return to action next weekend, competing in the MPSF Tournament in Berkeley, California, beginning Friday.
We saw the much more intense game at CSULB Ken Lindgren Aquatic Center pool where host met NO 1. UCLA and tried to break their perfect 30-0 winning streak. They were close to that, with 6-6 in regular game time, but couldn’t have enough stamina to finish the job and lost 6-8 in overtime. The teams were evenly matched through the first two periods as the game was tied 3-3 at halftime. UCLA took control in the third quarter and owned a 6-3 lead with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter. But the Beach scored a hat trick, the last goal with 8 sec left on the clock, and sent the game into overtime. UCLA scored two easy goals in overtime and survived a scare. This is, so far, the most exciting game we saw in NCAA competition.