Top-Ranked USC Proves Too Much for No. 9 UCSB in MPSF Opener, 15-8

Top-Ranked USC Proves Too Much for No. 9 UCSB in MPSF Opener, 15-8

Oct. 6, 2006

LOS ANGELES - USC freshman J.W. Krumpholz topped out with a five-goal performance against UC Santa Barbara to help drive the Trojan men's water polo team to its 29th straight victory in a 15-8 win over the visiting Gauchos on Friday.

Krumpholz's effort marked a career high for the freshman, as well as the most goals scored in a game this season for the Trojans. With the win, USC improves to 10-0 overall, and now holds a 2-0 record in MPSF matches. The Gauchos drop to 12-5 overall and 0-1 in the MPSF.

USC gave up the first goal of the game when the Gauchos punched in a score on the opening possession, and then held close with the Trojans by making it 2-2 with a 6-on-5 score midway through the first period. USC Then scored three straight on goals from Arjan Ligtenberg, Krumpholz and Thomas Hale to take a 5-2 lead into the second frame. Two more 6-on-5 strikes by UCSB pulled the Gauchos within one at 6-5 later in the second, but that close glimpse of the Trojans was shor-tlived for the Gauchos. Jovan Vranes finished off a USC 6-on-5 soon after, and then Krumpholz notched his third and fourth goals of the game to make it 9-5 USC at the half.

The Gauchos were outscored in the third quarter by a 4-0 margin to trail 13-5 entering the final period. They played a solid final period, outscoring USC 3-2, but in the end the top-ranked Trojans posted a 15-8 win.

Junior Ross Sinclair and sophomore Ratko Paunovic each scored a pair of goals to lead UCSB's effort.

Santa Barbara returns to the pool on Saturday, Oct. 7, when it travels to Long Beach State to take part in the 49ers Mini-Tournament. The Gauchos will take-on UC Davis at 10:00 a.m. and UC Irvine at 3:00 p.m.

No. 1 USC 15, No. 9 UC Santa Barbara 8
UCSB 2 - 3 - 0 - 3 --- 8
USC 5 - 4 - 4 - 2 --- 15

USC - J.W. Krumpholz 5, Matt Sagehorn 2, Juan Delgadillo, Gabor Sarusi, Thomas Hale, Pavol Valovic, Jovan Vranes, Arjan Ligtenberg, Tommy Corcoran, Drew Vyn.
UCSB - Ross Sinclair 2, Ratko Paunovic 2, Matt Dale, Sean Castillo, Zsombor Vincze, Coulson Lantz.

SAVES: Adam Shilling (USC) 6, Ben Weil (USC) 1, Ronnie Giery (USC) 0, Rick Wright (UCSB) 6.