Six-Goal Third the Difference

Elise Ponce

March 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES - The seventh-ranked LMU women's water polo team fell to the third-ranked USC Trojans, 10-6, at McDonald's Swim Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans used a six-goal third quarter to pull away in a non-conference match-up.

Leading 2-1 in the second quarter, USC went on an 8-1 run to take a 9-3 and then held on as the Lions attempted a rally in the fourth quarter. The Lions fall to 11-8 while USC improves to 14-3.

Alexandra Honny, who had 15 goals last weekend at the LMU Invitational, continues her scoring stretch with a pair against the Trojans. Kaleigh Gilchrist led all scorers with five.

The Lions continued to stress defense, holding the high-powered Trojans to just four goals in the other three quarters.

"Defense continues to be our focus," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "I thought we did a good job for three of the four quarters. Unfortunately, they got rolling in the third quarter and we couldn't quite recover. We will learn from this and continue to improve."

Elise Ponce had nine saves for the Lions.

The Lions head to the Roadrunner Invitational III hosted by CSU Bakersfield on March 31-April 1. The Lions will open with Santa Clara at 8:30 am, followed by Cal State San Bernardino at 2:00 pm. On Sunday, the Lions will face the host Roadrunners at 9:45 am, followed by Colorado State at 1:30 pm.

#3 USC 10, #7 LMU 6
LMU 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 = 6
USC 1 - 2 - 6 - 1 = 10

USC -- Kaleigh Gilchrist 5, Dominique Sardo, Nadia Dan, Chelsea Silvers, Colleen O'Donnell, Patricia Jancso.
LMU -- Alexandra Honny 2, Jessica Morelos, Mackenzie Beck, Whitney Delgado, Casey Flacks.



SAVES: Flora Bolonyai (USC) 6, Elise Ponce (LMU) 9



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