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Men's Water Polo Splits Saturday After 13-7 Loss To No. 2 USC

Milos Vrzic scored three goals to lead Long Beach State against USC.

Oct. 12, 2013

Newport Beach, Calif. - No. 7 Long Beach State fell behind early and was unable to climb out of the hole in a 14-7 loss against No. 2 USC in the SoCal Tournament on Saturday. Milos Vrzic led the 49ers with three goals against the Trojans.

USC (16-1) got the action started with a quick goal from Mace Rapsey, and took a 2-0 lead before Vrzic converted the first of three penalty goals to but the Trojan lead to 2-1. USC would score the next five goals, however, taking a 7-1 lead before Long Beach State (15-4) got another goal from Vrzic going into the half.

The Trojans held the 49ers off of the board in the third quarter, and opened up an 11-2 lead. That increased to 12-2 with an early goal in the fourth period, but Long Beach State mounted a late rally. Joey Fabian scored 6-on-5 to start off a streak for the 49ers, as Dimitiros Lappas followed with another goal and Ricardo Guimares finished off a breakaway after collecting a steal to make the score 12-5. The two teams traded a pair of late goals leading to the 14-7 final.

Sinan Karatay made eight saves for Long Beach State in the loss.

The 49ers won their earlier match in the day against No. 10 Loyola Marymount 10-7, and will play either No. 6 UC Santa Barbara or No. 3 Pacific at 8 a.m. tomorrow at UC Irvine in the first of two matches Sunday.

No. 7 Long Beach State - 1, 1, 0, 5 | 7
No. 2 USC - 4, 3, 4, 3 | 14

LBSU: Milos Vrzic 3, Joey Fabian, Patrick Goodenough, Ricardo Guimares, Dimitrios Lappas
USC: Nikola Vavic 3, Conner Virjee 3, Kostas Genidounias 2, Mace Rapsey, Mac Carden, Marc Vondeweidt, Luke Felton, Nick Bell, Chase Watson



LBSU: Sinan Karatay 8
USC: James Clark 8, Aleck Ryner 1

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