No. 3 USC swamps Maryland
Trojans make a 9-0 run to break away from the No. 20 Terps
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 3 USC women's water polo team won its 22nd consecutive home game Friday, spreading the wealth among 10 different scorers in a 16-7 victory against No. 20 Maryland at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
With four goals, Patricia Jancso had scored more than the Terrapins at halftime, and the Trojans would generate a 9-0 scoring run to power out ahead of the Terrapins an on to victory. USC improves to 13-3 overall with the win.
USC pulled out of a tight first period to take a 4-2 lead in the second frame when Kristen Dronberger added to Jancso's hat trick with a turn and score from set. The Terps would cut it to a one-goal game again with a 6-on-5 strike from Allison Campbell -- her third goal of the game -- when she made the most of an empty cage with USC goalie Flora Bolonyai's exclusion in challenging a long Maryland pass with 2:21 remaining in the first half. Jancso's fourth of the game was a blast to the low left of the cage with 1:03 on the clock, and that goal would stand as the first of a string of Trojan scores to come.
Up 5-3 at halftime, USC had five different scorers carry the Trojans out to a 9-3 lead by the halfway mark of the third period of play. Kaleigh Gilchrist was the only Trojan to score twice during USC's nine-goal surge, as the freshman finished off a 5-meter penalty shot earned by Nicolina McCall and also rocketed one in from two meters. Meanwhile, Joelle Bekhazi, Constance Hiller, Dronberger, Dominique Sardo, Jennifer Stiefel and Sarah Van Norman all got to the back of the cage during that stretch to a 13-3 USC advantage. A searing backhand from Van Norman marked the ninth unanswered Trojan goal, although Maryland would stop the run with a 6-on-5 score from Katie Ermakova with 12 ticks to go in the third to make it 13-4.
USC goalie Bolonyai was spelled for the fourth period by senior Courtney Ray, who was back in action for the first time this season after being sidelined by injury. Maryland's starting goalie Shelby Reyes also gave way to a new face in Rachel Stein as the teams set up for the final period.
USC opened the period strong with Madeline Rosenthal earning a 5-meter penalty shot that her fellow freshman Colleen O'Donnell put away to make it 14-4. The Terps wrapped goals from Ally Beck and Ermakova around a 6-on-5 finish from Chelsea Silvers -- who became USC's 10th scorer in the game -- before Gilchrist rounded out the day's scoring with her third of the game to leave it as a 16-7 USC victory.