Southern Cal topples UC-Irvine
Late fourth period run gives seals USC victory
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - No. 4 seed Southern Cal survived No. 5 seed UC-Irvine, scoring five times in the fourth period to claim an 14-9 victory in the last quarterfinal contest at the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship on Friday afternoon at Canham Natatorium.
The teams took turns scoring in the first half with Patricia Jansco giving the USC a 4-3 edge after one with a five-meter score and a six-on-five marker. UC-Irvin's Jessy Cardey knotted the game up early in the second period. It would stay until the final 30 seconds of the frame when Dominque Sardo directed a cross-cage pass into the back of the net. UC-Irvine would send the teams into halftime tied at 5-5 with a powerplay goal from Cortney Collyer with six seconds to go in the stanza.
Kristen Dronberger put USC back on top 43 seconds after the first sprint of the second half, skipping a shot home from seven meters. Nadia Dan extended the lead a short time later before Caitlin Haskell and Cardey provided the answers to even the score at 7-7 heading into the final frame.
Jansco's third goal of the game put the Women of Troy back into the lead and Dan added to it with her third marker a minute later. Kaleigh Gilchrist and Sardo tacked on two more to run away with the contest.