Physical Contest At Burns
Women's water polo can't overcome third-ranked Trojans in physical contest at Burns Center Saturday.
March 26, 2011
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In a game that featured 22 6-on-5 opportunities and a five-meter goal, the third-ranked USC Trojans (14-3) used an early six-goal edge to outlast sixth-ranked LMU (17-5), 13-8, at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon.
USC jumped out to a 9-3 lead and fought off a late Lions rally in a game that featured 6-on-5 chances. The Trojans went 5-for-9 (56 percent) on the 6-on-5 while the Lions went 7-for-14 (50 percent), LMU also scored on a 5-meter penalty,
"We made some key mistakes early that USC jumped on and put us in a whole early," said Head Coach Kyle Witt. "You can't do that against a team like USC as they make you pay and it because nearly impossible to come back. We did a good job of fighting to the end, but we just got down too many early."
The teams traded goals to start the game and the Trojans led 3-2 after one. They then took over in the second quarter, outscoring the Lions 4-1, getting two goals each from Patricia Jancso and Joelle Bekhazi. Both would led the Trojans with three goals each on the game.
The Lions would cut the lead to four, 11-7 on goals from Benedetti and Romero. However, the Trojans would answer the Lions goal-for-goal on the quarter to secure the win.
LMU will head to UC Irvine on Thursday, March 31 for a 7:00 p.m., start. They will then return home Saturday, April 2 for a tripleheader with Cal State San Bernardino and Santa Clara.