No. 3 USC Men’s Water Polo Storms Nr. 5 Stanford for 19-14 win on Senior Day

LOS ANGELES — The No. 3 USC men’s water polo team served a strong second half to storm out of reach of visiting No. 5 Stanford and win 19-14 today at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center. In a blast on Senior Day, Jake Ehrhardt delivered four of his career-high five goals in the last 11 minutes to win USC’s comeback. The Trojans trailed three in the second period but rose to the lead to hold on with back-to-back goals from Ehrhardt in the third. USC improves to 15-5 overall and to 1-1 in MPSF play with the win.

An unpredictable first half unfolded with Stanford drawing first blood. USC then found two goals – caring for seniors Ehrhardt and Marcus Longton – to push forward, but Stanford scored two goals in the last minute of the first period to lead 4-3. The Cardinal kept coming, scoring two more for an increase of four goals, with USC trailing 6-3 early in the second. A three-goal rally by the Trojans was to follow, with seniors Ashworth Molthen and Longton hitting on natural targets before Tony Nardelli earned a 5-meter penalty for the USC cause. Massimo Di Martire got up to finish that, and it was confused even at 6-6. The teams exchanged goals in the next three minutes before half-time, with senior Chris Agliozzo working in a USC 6-on-5 en route.

With an 8-8 score at halftime, it was Stanford who made the first move again in the second half. USC caught up and answered cardinal goals with pops from Molthen. Molthen’s third goal of the day – he would finish with four – took USC’s rally to the winning position. USC, tied at 10-10, worked their way into the lead to remain as Ehrhardt struck twice and Carson Kranz put a big lead on an assist from Luka Brnetic. That rise caused the Trojans on the top 13-10 to enter the fourth frame. There, USC would keep the cardinal at bay with an arsenal of attacks. Ehrhardt struck twice to bring his total to a career-high five, while Di Martire and Molthen each took their fourth. Andrej Grgurevic converted early in a 6-on-5 slam, and senior Grayden Reynolds had the last word for the Trojans to wrap up the 19-14 win.

Two senior goalkeepers had their hands on the Trojan victory on Senior Day, with Kyle McKenney making eight saves in 31 minutes of work before Garrett Allen checked in in the last minute and fired off a Stanford shot to help close out the winning Senior Day for the Trojans.

UP NEXT: USC is hosting its Alumni Games next week, with the women’s competition at 2:00 PM, followed by a 3:30 PM men’s game on Saturday (November 5) at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

REMARKABLE: – Jake Ehrhardt equaled his career high with five goals today. – Ehrhardt also climbed to number 8 all-time scoring at USC, now with 164 career goals. – With two goals today, Marcus Longton continues to lead the squad by scoring in 19 games this season. – With four goals today, Ashworth Molthen continues to lead the team in multi-goal outings, now with 14 this season. – On Senior Day, seven Trojans honored today scored or saved. USC’s 19 goals are the most the Trojans have ever scored against Stanford – and the most ever scored by either team in the history of the USC-Stanford series. – USC’s 19 goals were also the most goals Stanford has given to an opponent this season

#3 USC 19, #5 Stanford 14 Oct. 30, 2022 | Uytengsu Aquatics Center (Los Angeles, California) USC 3-5-5-6 = 19 STAN 4-4-2-4 =

SCORING: USC – Jake Ehrhardt 5, Massimo Di Martire 4, Ashworth Molthen 4, Marcus Longton 2, Chris Agliozzo, Carson Kranz, Andrej Grgurevic, Grayden Reynolds. PEP — Jackson Painter 3, Grant Watson 3, Quinn Woodhead 2, Ethan Parrish 2, Beck Jurasius, Riley Pittman, Jack Martin, Chase McFarland.

SAVES: Kyle McKenney (USC) 8, Garrett Allen (USC) 1, Nolan Krutonog (STAN) 7.

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