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Sophomore driver Jacob Mercep’s 44 goals rank second on the team this season. (Josh Dunst | Daily Trojan)After a close 10-9 victory against the formerly top-ranked Stanford in the championship match of the Mountain Pacific Invitational last Sunday, No. 1 USC will take on two more top-10 opponents this weekend in No. 8 Long Beach State and No. 6 Pepperdine.The Trojans are coming off a strong weekend, not only securing a championship win but also sweeping the MPSF weekly honors. Freshman goalie Nic Porter was named Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season, while sophomore driver Jacob Mercep earned USC’s first Player of the Week honor of the season.Following the accomplishments of the past week, the team shifted its focus to prepare for Long Beach State and Pepperdine, drawing on strategies that have contributed to its prior successes.“We always have a specific preparation,” Mercep said. “[Head coach Jovan Vavic] does his job and the other coaches do their job very well. They break down the other team, and what they are trying to do, and when the game comes, we are ready for it and we know what’s coming.”The Men of Troy will face their first test of the weekend when they visit Long Beach State on Saturday. The two teams met at last weekend’s Mountain Pacific Invitational, where the Trojans bested the 49ers 14-8. Although USC has an all-time record of 70-15 against Long Beach, last year’s meeting between the two teams was quite close, with the Trojans narrowly defeating the 49ers in overtime at home.To come out on top against Long Beach, the Trojans will need to play well at both ends of the pool. A cohesive defensive effort will be necessary to counter the 49ers offense, led by redshirt junior attacker Austin Stewart, who boasts a team-high 33 goals this season. Capitalizing on offensive opportunities will also be important, as sophomore goalie Marwan Darwish has a .434 save percentage.After returning from Long Beach, the Trojans will face Pepperdine on Sunday. The Waves enter the weekend with an 11-8 overall record after a sixth-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Invitational. Pepperdine’s leading scorer is senior center Chris Dilworth, who has put up 43 goals so far this season. His performance has not gone unnoticed by the Trojan coaching staff, who have focused on defense in practice this week.“Defending fast breaks and opponents’ frontcourt offense is always our main emphasis, and I think we will only grow in our form during this season,” Mercep said of the team’s preparation.The Trojans plan to apply the lessons they learned in last weekend’s victory against Stanford, which handed the Trojans their only loss of the season, to this weekend’s matches against opponents of similar calibers.“Certainly we learned that we are tougher than we thought we were,” Mercep said of the Trojans’ tournament performance. “Whether things went good or bad, we showed character, and showed that we are really strong, collective and we stick together. We showed that we really can perform the way we set it up at the meetings, the way we agree upon doing.”Despite their No. 1 ranking, the Men of Troy continue to consider their potential for growth.“[Our play] can always be better,” Mercep said. “We are always trying to improve every day. We really strive towards excellence.”The weekend’s first opportunity for the Trojans will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Long Beach State. The Trojans will host Sunday’s 1 p.m. match against Pepperdine at Uytengsu Aquatic Center.
Published on October 23, 2018 at 9:41 pm Contact Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DannyEmerman The Orange (2-4-0, 2-2-0) had the lead for two minutes against No. 7 Cornell (1-0-0) on Tuesday night.A minute and a half into the game, redshirt senior Brooke Avery set the tone by stealing a lackadaisical Cornell turnover in the neutral zone and wristing a shot slightly below the crossbar. Avery’s second goal of the season gave SU an early 1-0 lead.Cornell responded two minutes later by beating SU goalie Ady Cohen. Cohen denied forward Grace Graham’s first and second attempts, but she couldn’t corral the rebound and Sam Burke finished it off to tie the game. Cornell then took the lead when captain Kristin O’Neill lifted a one-timer from five feet in front of the net past Cohen.In the second period, both teams went scoreless. Cohen, the junior goalie from Boynton Beach, FL, made several difficult saves. She denied 12 Big Red shots on goal in the period and 29 in the game.SU trailed 2-1 for about 30 minutes of play. Cornell and Syracuse maintained their stalemate through the third period until Cornell’s Pippy Gerace found a loose puck in front of the net and slid it past the goal line. The Big Red scored an empty netter a minute later to seal the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCornell recorded 33 shots on goal to Syracuse’s 24. The Orange resumes play versus Clarkson in a conference matchup on Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Local law enforcement agencies need your help locating an Alpena man on the loose.This is the photo* of 24–year–old Justin Tate Agar.Agar went into hiding after removing his tether while on parole. He is a six foot, 180 pound, white male. Police say Agar has a history of gun violence.Crime Stoppers will award up to $1,000 dollars to anyone who can help them find Agar. Please call 1–800–422–JAIL if you have information on his whereabouts.*Correction: The previous images of Justin Tate Agar published were not him. Police sent us the wrong photos. The new photo is Agar.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan State Police Seeking Information in Break-and-Enter CaseNext NOAA: Captain Kidd and the Golden Age of Piracy