Oct. 23, 1999
LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 USC men's water polo team saw its nine-match winning streak come to an unceremonious end on Saturday morning as the Trojans were defeated, 5-3, by No. 3 Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation contest at McDonald's Swim Stadium.
With the loss, the Trojans dropped to 14-2 overall, 3-1 in MPSF play. Both of USC's losses this year have come at the hands of the Cardinal, who put on an impressive show of firepower as three of their five goals on the day were registered on long, hard blasts from the perimeter.
Stanford (13-2, 3-1) struck first during a low scoring, back and forth first quarter on a nifty flip shot by senior driver Michael Lipinski. USC tied the score a mere 24 seconds later, however, as sophomore 2-meter man Adam Guerrero rolled the ball by Cardinal netminder Nick Ellis.
USC junior driver George Csaszar netted the lone goal of the second quarter on a long shot from the right side, and the Trojans took a 2-1 lead into halftime.
However, the third quarter proved to be the charm for the denizens from the Farm, as they scored three unanswered goals in a span of 3:46 to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.
The Trojans closed the gap 2:03 into the fourth quarter as senior driver Allen Basso scored his team-leading 37th point of the season on a man advantage. But, with less than three minutes to play, the Cardinal put the game away on a goal from senior 2-meter Jonathan Skaalen.
STAN (13-2, 3-1) 1-0-3-1---5
USC (14-2, 3-1) 1-1-0-1---3
Stanford Goals: Onno Koelman 1, Michael Lipinski 1, Jonathan Skaalen 1, Todd Snider 1, Andy Walburger 1.
USC Goals: Allen Basso 1, George Csaszar 1, Adam Guerrero 1.
Goalie Saves: Nick Ellis (STAN) 6, Richard McEvoy (USC) 5.