Lions Push No. 2 USC, Fall Late
Women's water polo can't hang on to two-goal lead as No. 2 USC pulls away late for 14-9 win.
April 2, 2009
Los Angeles, CA -- The 10th-ranked LMU women's water polo team gave No. 2 USC all it could handle in a non-conference match-up at the Burns Recreation and Aquatics Center on Thursday afternoon. However, the Trojans, who improve to 18-1 on the year, pulled away late for a 14-9 win over the Lions (17-6).
USC jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the Lions showed they were not going to go away quietly, as they went on a 6-2 run to take a 6-4 lead. Senior Nicole Hughes scored all three goals for the Lions in the first quarter for a 3-2 lead.
Freshman Kimberly Benedetti scored both of her goals in the second quarter, including a 6-on-5 goal with 3:30 to play in the half to give LMU the 6-4 lead.
USC then took over, going on a 5-0 run to take an 8-6 lead. They tied the game with four seconds to play in the half at 6-6 on Michelle Stein's first of three goals on the day. The Trojans then scored the first three goals of the third quarter to go up 9-6 with 3:53 to play.
LMU would not go away as junior Anne Scott scored back-to-back goals to make it 9-8 with 2:49 to play. The teams would then trade goals, first on a goal from Stein to make it 10-8 and then Hughes' fourth goal of the game with 15 seconds left to make it 10-9.
Stein then put the dagger in the Lions' upset bid, scoring with just two second left in the third quarter to make it 11-9. The Lions would not get any closer as the Trojans scored all three goals in the fourth frame.
The Lions continue a tough stretch as they head to the Santa Clara Invitational this weekend, April 4-5. They open with No. 16 Cal State Bakersfield at 8 a.m.