Women of Troy look to finish year undefeated

first_imgThe women’s water polo team looks to put a cap on its undefeated regular season when they host Cal in their final home game Friday. USC is 20-0 this season including 5-0 in MPSF play. Cal is 19-7 and 1-3 in conference play.During the season, USC has outscored their opponents 253-85. The team leads the MPSF in both offense and defense scoring an average of 12.65 goals per game while only allowing 4.25.No. 6 Cal’s most recent game was a 13-5 loss at the hands of No. 3 Stanford last week. USC has already beaten Cal twice this season, once in a 12-6 victory in the UC Irvine Invitational and again 6-5 in Berkeley. The focus for the Women of Troy will be on stopping the Golden Bears’ top goal-scorer sophomore Carla Carrega who has scored 53 times this season.There are two possible goaltenders for the Golden Bears. One is junior Madeline Trabucco and the other is freshman Madison Tagg who are both averaging 5.6 saves per game.On the offensive, USC is led by junior driver Stephania Haralabidis who has scored 50 goals to date which puts her at No. 8 on the career goals scored list with 172. Two other Trojans have scored more than 30 goals this season — junior driver Ioanna Haralabidis and junior 2-meter Brigitta Games with 33 and 32 goals, respectively.In the cage is freshman Amanda Longan who has appeared in 40 periods and is averaging 9.9 saves. She is joined by sophomore All-American goalie Victória Chamorro who is averaging 6.9 saves through her 32 periods of work.Friday’s game will not only mark the end of the regular season, but also the end of a career for the three seniors on the team. Goalie Alegra Hueso, driver Melissa Bergesen and driver Nicola Welch will be honored before the game begins.Looking ahead, regardless of Friday’s outcome, USC has already clinched the top-seed in the MPSF tournament which is set to begin for the Women of Troy on April 30.last_img read more

Angels 2018 spring training primer: Infield

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error MOVES THEY COULD MAKEThe Angels’ infield is overcrowded, if anything. Adding a player doesn’t seem to make sense. However, Cron could be expendable because he’s the most tradeable of their three first basemen. If the Angels decide to move him before the start of the season, they could probably get a young major league reliever or a minor league starting pitcher. Cron didn’t figure to get much playing time last year, when the Angels signed Valbuena, but he ended up playing 100 games because of injuries to Valbuena and Escobar. Expect the Angels to hang on to Cron for depth. The Angels are also generally thinner in the minors among infielders than pitchers or outfielders, so they could stand to supplement this, either in trades or the draft. As the Angels head toward the first workout of spring training on Feb. 14, we are providing a breakdown of how they stand with their roster. (We’ve done the rotation and bullpen so far.) Players acquired this winter include the method of their acquisition in parentheses. This week, the infield:2017 RECAPThe plan was for Luis Valbuena and C.J. Cron to split first base, Danny Espinosa to play second, Andrelton Simmons at shortstop and Yunel Escobar at third. However, injuries and poor seasons scuttled that. Simmons was the lone mainstay, spending the entire season at shortstop, producing a season that earned him an eighth-place finish in the MVP race. Espinosa hit .162 and was released midseason. The Angels then went through Nick Franklin, Kaleb Cowart and Brandon Phillips at second over the final three months. Valbuena hit .199, although with a less egregious .727 OPS. Escobar was limited to 89 games because of injury.HOW IT LOOKS RIGHT NOWWithin a 48-hour span in December, the Angels changed half of their infield. They picked up Ian Kinsler (trade with Tigers) to play second and Zack Cozart (free agent) to play third. The Angels actually agreed to terms with Cozart, a longtime shortstop, and asked him to play second. Between the agreement and the physical, the Angels asked Cozart if he’d instead switch to third, because they had a chance to get Kinsler to play second. Kinsler, 35, is coming off one of his worst offensive seasons, but the Angels believe he can rebound. His defense is still well above average. Cozart, 32, is coming off the best offensive season of his career. An outstanding defensive shortstop, Cozart will have to make an adjustment to third, a position he’s never played in the majors. At first, the Angels currently have a jumble of Valbuena, Cron and Albert Pujols, who is expected to get significant playing time in the field to make room for Shohei Ohtani at DH. How the Angels manage that will be one of most intriguing storylines this season. The only question with Simmons is whether he can repeat the improved offensive numbers, to go with Gold Glove defense.THE NEXT LAYERBecause Cozart can serve as the backup shortstop and second baseman, and Valbuena can play first and third, the Angels might not need the traditional backup infielder they’ve had. It means that Cowart might still be struggling to find a spot in the majors, despite a breakout offensive season at Triple-A last year. With Valbuena and Kinsler both signed only through 2018, there could be a couple infield openings in 2019. The top candidates for those could be second baseman David Fletcher and first baseman Matt Thaiss.last_img read more