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No. 1 USC Women’s Water Polo Wins Again, Still Perfect With 10-7 Victory Over No. 5 ASU

Apr 17, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The No. 1 USC women's water polo team locked up another win with a second-half power move to create some space and secure a 10-7 victory over No. 5 Arizona State today at Uytengsu Aquatics Center. The Trojans served up six goals in the half and gave up just three to help keep the nation's top-ranked team undefeated on the year. USC is now 15-0 overall and 9-0 in MPSF play. 

The sure-handed Maud Megens kept USC on track, with three of her final four goals coming in the first half as the teams fought through four ties. Denise Mammolito had netted a 2-1 lead for USC on a 5-meter penalty shot in the first but ASU would work ahead in the second, leading it 4-3 until Megens ripped in the equalizer just 22 seconds before halftime. 

USC would not trail again, as Mireia Guiral went crosscage on a USC 6-on-5 early in the third for a 5-4 advantage. ASU answered back for another lockup, only to see senior Kelsey McIntosh earn a power play for her Trojans, then finish it off herself to get USC back on top. Fellow senior Verica Bacoc hammered one home next, and USC had the game's first two-goal lead, up 7-5 with 3:02 left in the third. It would be a 7-6 margin entering the fourth, but USC got right back down to business. Guiral fired off another blast out of set, and then McIntosh found Megens for a fearsome fake and fire to net a 9-6 lead for USC. A Sun Devil 6-on-5 would go, but Mammolito sizzled in a skipper in the final minute to lift USC to its final winning score of 10-7 to cap the day's action.

Tomorrow (April 18), USC plays its final home game of the year, and will honor its eight departing seniors in a Senior Day ceremony before the 11 a.m. contest against the Sun Devils. 

#1 USC 10, #5 Arizona State 7
April 17, 2021 | Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
USC  2 - 2 - 3 - 3 = 10
ASU  2 - 2 - 2 - 1 = 7

USC — Maud Megens 4, Denise Mammolito 2, Mireia Guiral 2, Kelsey McIntosh, Verica Bakoc.
ASU —  Bente Rogge 2, Luca Petovary, Abby Begg, Lara Kiss, Amira Van Buren, Borbola Kekesi.

SAVES: Holly Parker (USC) 9, Chelsea Karimazondo (ASU) 11.