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.
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.