USC pounds out win against Princeton
Boswell leads eight Trojan scorers in the nonconference win
LOS ANGELES -- Under the lights of McDonald's Swim Stadium, the top-ranked USC pounded out a 13-4 win against visiting No. 14 Princeton. The nonconference clash saw the Trojans keep their undefeated start to 2011 intact, as the USC defense again prevailed. USC now takes a 7-0 record down to the SoCal Tournament this weekend, as the Trojans look to claim a ninth consecutive SoCal tourney title.
In the matchup with the Tigers, USC powerhouse Brian Boswell ripped in the Trojans' first two goals out of set. Princeton had leveled things after Boswell's first, but his second of the night helped spark a five-goal USC surge in the first period. Stephen Siri and Peter Kurzeka each knocked in the first of their two goals in the game during that run, with Forest Monroe and Andrew Reego also finding the back of the net as USC opened up a 6-1 lead on the Tigers.
Princeton got an even score to open the second before the Trojans again regrouped and silenced the Tigers for the rest of the half while Kurzeka found his second goal, Tobias Preuss blasted one of his own, and Nikola Vavic rounded out the half with two power moves and finishes for a 10-2 USC lead. That wrapped up senior goalie Joel Dennerley's time in the cage for the night. He finished with four saves during that stretch before giving way to redshirt freshman Ely Bonilla for the second half. Bonilla was similarly dominant in goal, matching Dennerley with four saves of his own while Princeton was only able to manage a 5-meter penalty shot in the third period and a late 6-on-5 score in the fourth. Meanwhile, the Trojan offense knocked in two more in the third -- Boswell's third to complete his first hat trick of the year, and a searing blast from Siri for his second of the night. Ivan Kustic put the final touch on USC's offensive onslaught in the fourth period with a 6-on-5 rocket, giving USC its 13th goal of the game on the way to the 13-4 decision.