April 25, 2009


Courtesy of Southern California

HONOLULU, HAWAII – The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team made a second-half surge against No. 8 seeded Arizona State to tack up a 12-6 win and make a move in the semifinals of the MPSF Championships in Hawai’i. The Women of Troy tightened up and allowed just a single Sun Devil goal in the second half of action to secure the win, as USC improves to 22-1 overall entering tomorrow’s semifinal against either Cal or San Jose State.

Kally Lucas had a big day for USC in the win, punching in a new career high with four goals to lead all scorers. Kami Craig and Joelle Bekhazi each added a pair of scores for the Women of Troy to help lead USC’s offensive charge of seven different scorers, while goalie Ilse van der Meijden tallied 12 saves to anchor the Trojan defense in the win.

The Sun Devils held tight to the top-seeded Trojans during the first half, matching USC 3-3 in the first period. ASU took the first lead of the game by notching the first two goals of the game before USC scored three straight to work ahead. After another ASU lead, up 4-3 early in the second, the Women of Troy secured a touch of padding for halftime when Lucas drilled her second goal of the day to get USC up 6-5 by halftime.

The Trojans then had ASU figured out for the second half. Only one more Sun Devil goal would crack the Trojans defense in the next two periods, as USC pitched a fourth-period shutout in order to assure a journey to the MPSF semifinals.

USC will face either No. 5 seed Cal or No. 6 seed San Jose State at 6 p.m. HT tomorrow (April 25) in Hawai’i for the MPSF Tournament semifinals.

#1 USC 12, #8 Arizona State 6
ASU  3 – 2 – 1 – 0 = 6
USC   3 – 3 – 4 – 2 = 12

USC – Kally Lucas 4, Kami Craig 2, Joelle Bekhazi 2, Forel Davies, Rosanna Tomiuk, Jordan Anae, Alexandra Kiss.
ASU – Addison McGrath 3, Kelly Phelps 2, Bonnie Miles.   
SAVES: Ilse van der Meijden (USC) 12, Dana Harvey (ASU) 5