USA Men’s Water Polo Defeats New Zealand, Women Fall To Australia

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April 02nd, 2018 Water Polo

Press Release courtesy of USA Water Polo

The USA Men’s National Team defeated New Zealand 18-3 to open play at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored four goals to lead the USA attack. Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda) and Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) combined for eight saves in net. Team USA returns to play against Saudi Arabia later today at 10:10pm et/7:10pm pt. Live streaming is available by clicking here. For more information on the event, visit FINAAuckland2018.com. Watch a full recap of the game by clicking here.

Team USA jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first quarter and a 7-1 advantage at halftime. They exploded for eight goals in the third quarter to put the match away, adding three goals in the fourth on the way to the 18-3 victory. Team USA went 7/17 on power plays and 1/2 on penalties with New Zealand going 2/10 on power plays and no penalty attempts.

Scoring
USA 18 (4, 3, 8, 3) A. Bowen 4, H. Daube 3, J. Hooper 3, M. Irving 3, M. Vavic 2, B. Hallock 1, N. Carniglia 1, C. Ramirez 1
NZL 3 (0, 1, 1, 1)
Saves – USA – A. Wolf 4, D. Holland 4
6×5 – USA 7/17 – NZL – 2/10
Penalties – USA – 1/2 – NZL – 0/0

USA Women 8 Australia 9
Auckland, New Zealand – April 3 – The USA Women’s National Team fell to Australia 9-8 to start play at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament. Stephania Haralabidis (Athens, Greece/USC/NYAC) scored three goals in the loss with Gabby Stone (La Jolla, CA/Stanford/San Diego Shores) posting six saves. Team USA returns to action later today against New Zealand at 6pm et/3pm pt. Live streaming is available by clicking here. For more information on the event, visit FINAAuckland2018.com. Watch a full recap of the game by clicking here.

Team USA got off to good start grabbing a 3-1 lead after the first quarter. The second quarter was even with each team delivering two goals before Australia surged ahead in the third with a four goal outburst. The Aussies outscored Team USA 2-1 in the fourth quarter to take a one goal victory.

The United States went 7/13 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Australia went 3/6 on power plays and 1/2 on penalties. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/NYAC) drew seven exclusions in the match.

Scoring
USA 8 (3, 2, 2, 1) S. Haralabidis 3, R. Fattal 2, A. Williams 2, J. Neushul 1
AUS 9 (1, 2, 4, 2)
Saves – USA – G. Stone 6
6×5 – USA – 7/13 – AUS – 3/6
Penalties – USA 0/0 – AUS – 1/2

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