Mitch Wise and Bojan Hrlec scored three goals apiece, but eighth-ranked UC Irvine fell to No. 1 USC, 18-7, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game at Anteater Aquatics Complex Thursday night.
Hrlec scored both UCI goals in the first quarter as USC took a 5-2 lead at the end of the first period.
The Trojans (18-0, 4-0 MPSF) outscored UCI 6-1 in the second quarter to build an 11-3 halftime lead.
Kostas Genidounias led the undefeated Trojans with a game-high four goals. Five other USC players scored two goals each in the win.
USC’s Rex Butler opened the third quarter with a goal to give the Trojans a 12-3 lead before Wise and Alan Robertson answered to pull UCI within 12-5 at the 5:08 mark. Stephen Siri and Butler then hit back-to-back goals to extend USC’s lead back to nine.
UCI (14-6, 0-3) travels to fourth-ranked Stanford Saturday for an MPSF game at noon.