Men's Water Polo

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.

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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