No. 1 USC escapes No. 2 UCLA to capture third NorCal title in row
STANFORD, CALIF. -- Top-ranked USC had an all-SoCal matchup once again to decide the NorCal Tournament championship, and for the third consecutive year the Trojans reigned supreme at the competitive early-season tourney.
USC was in control throughout Sunday's title match against No. 2 UCLA as the Trojans pinned up a 7-6 win against the Bruins. The Trojans stay undefeated on the 2012 season and bring home another NorCal crown, improving to 8-0 overall on the year.
After an overtime win against Stanford in Sunday’s semifinal, the Trojans took it to the Bruins to open the title match at Avery Aquatic Center.
USC jumped out to a 3-0 lead on rival UCLA in the Trojans’ first face-off with the Bruins since beating them in the 2011 NCAA Championship match.
A 3-0 lead expanded to a 5-2 halftime advantage, and USC was largely in the driver’s seat the rest of the way. UCLA turned a 7-5 USC lead into a 7-6 final with a score just before the buzzer, and the Trojans wrapped up the win.
Nikola Vavic paced the Trojans with four goals in the win, with scores also coming from Jeremy Davie, Kostas Genidounias and Michael Rosenthal, while James Clark manned the cage for the Trojans with 11 saves in his first face-off against the Bruins.