After having its NCAA-record winning streak snapped against Stanford earlier this month, the second-ranked women’s water polo team fell for the second time in three games on Saturday, losing to No. 1 UCLA 11-7 in Westwood. The top-two clash began in predictably neck-and-neck fashion. The Bruins struck first thanks to Maddie Musselman, but USC struck back within minutes. Set up with a six-on-five advantage, freshman driver Denise Mammolito cannoned a shot off the crossbar before junior utility Hayley McKelvey pounced on the rebound to tie the game.UCLA pulled ahead once more with 30 seconds left in the first quarter, but the Trojans responded promptly again with a goal from senior driver Stephania Haralabidis.It appeared the back-and-forth would continue throughout the game, but the Bruins then scored four unanswered goals to put USC in a 6-2 hole at the half. Alexa Tielmann added UCLA’s seventh less than a minute into the third quarter to extend the lead even further before senior 2-meter Brigitta Games ended the Trojan drought with her first goal of the game.Games’ effort would kick off a streak of three unanswered USC goals. Haralabidis added her second of the game after the Trojans killed ashorthanded six-on-five, and freshman utility Maud Megens pulled her team within two with three minutes left in the third quarter. It was as close as USC would come, however, as UCLA responded with a goal of its own just 20 seconds later. The Bruins then converted a power play to extend their lead back to four scores. The Trojans narrowed the margin to two in the final period thanks to second goals from Megens and Games, but the comeback bid ultimately fell short. USC was unable to cash in on twosix-on-five opportunities in the fourth quarter while the Bruins padded their lead en route to the 11-7 victory. USC had won three in a row against the Bruins before the weekend, but the Trojans’ first defeat to their archrivals since 2015 locked UCLA into the top seed and a first-round bye at this week’s MPSF Tournament, which the Bruins will also host at the Spieker Aquatics Center. USC will enter the bracket on Friday as the third seed, taking onsixth-seeded San Jose State at 12:45 p.m.
The refurbished Senate and House library at Capital Hill.Members of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives as of yesterday began using the newly refurbished joint library section of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) after a three-year closure of the facility owing to a fire disaster.The re-opening of the library section coincides with the celebration of LIS’ 6th anniversary.The bicameral department is charged with the responsibility of providing research and information services to members of the House and Senate to enhance their capacity in making informed decisions and for better public policy formulation.Activities marking the anniversary began yesterday April 26 and will end on the 28th.The theme for this year’s anniversary is, “New Legislative Beginning: A More Effective 54th Legislature,” highlighting the effectiveness and growth of the first branch of government.According to LIS Director B. McCarthy Weh, the events will put a spotlight on the need for a more effective, functional and efficient 21st century compliant Legislature. The occasion will also mark the official resumption of services of the Library to members of the House and Senate, their staff, and the general public.The opening ceremony yesterday was held in the rotunda of the Capitol building, where the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, gave a statement, and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, will delivered the keynote address.Also, there will be a launch of the Parliamentary/Legislative Democracy Outreach Program, dubbed “Taking the Legislature to the People.”On the second day today, Thursday April 27, there will be a roundtable session focusing on a project, writing Liberia’s legislative history, to be led by Dr. Joseph Saye Guanu and Rev. Emmanuel Bowier. Today’s event will climax with training sessions to be facilitated by Atty. Larmii Kpargo of the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and McAnthony Keah/Thomas Du of the National Democratic Institute (NDI).Tomorrow, the last day of the anniversary celebrations, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai will give a statement at the closing ceremony and thereafter the first phase of ‘Taking the Legislature to the People’ will be held in Kakata, Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)