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Stanford Men's Water Polo Defeats No. 3 USC
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/31/1999

Oct. 31, 1999

STANFORD, Calif. - The top-ranked Stanford men's water polo team continued its mastery over the defending NCAA champion USC Trojans with a hard-fought 7-5 victory in a non-league game on Sunday at deGuerre Pool.

Sean Joy's two-pointer with 1:16 left in the game gave the Cardinal the victory over the Trojans for the third time in four games during the regular season.

Joy collected four points on the day, in addition to scoring five points in Stanford's 12-8 victory over Pepperdine on Saturday.

Joy's first goal tied the game at 3:41 in the first period. USC's Allen Basso had opened the game at 5:09 to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

Goals by Brian Heifferon and Joy gave Stanford a 3-1 lead with 1:44 left in the first period, but the Trojans, ranked third in the country, tied the game at 1:22 on a goal by Peter Janov. Basso had earlier cut the Stanford lead to 3-2 with a goal with 36 seconds left in the first period.

The game was tied five times, before Joy tallied his two-point game winner for Stanford.

Stanford upped its season record to 16-2, while USC fell to 15-3.

Stanford (16-2)    3   1   1   2   =   7
USC (15-3)         2   1   2   0   =   5
Stanford scorers: Joy 4 (1, 2-point goal), Heifferon 2, Walburger 1
USC scorers: Basso 2, Janov 2, Castle 1
Goalie saves: Ellis (S) 7, McEvoy (USC) 3



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