Press Release courtesy of USA Water Polo
The USA Men’s National Team finished preliminary play undefeated at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament after beat China 14-2. Hannes Daube (Long Beach, CA/Orange Lutheran HS/Newport Beach) scored three goals to lead the offense with Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda) and Alex Wolf(Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) combining for 11 saves in net. Team USA returns to action on Sunday in the gold medal match against Australia at 3:40am et/12:40am pt. Live streaming is available by clicking here. For more information on the event, visit FINAAuckland2018.com. Watch a full recap of the USA-China game by clicking here.
Team USA took a 3-0 lead to start the match and went ahead 8-1 at halftime. They secured the victory in the third quarter outscoring China 4-0 to go ahead 12-1. Team USA tacked on two more goals in the final quarter for the 14-2 win. The United States went 5/9 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots with China going 0/6 on power plays and 0/1 on penalty shots.
USA – 14 (3, 5, 4, 2) H. Daube 3, M. Vavic 2, A. Bowen 2, M. Irving 2, J. Hooper 1, N. Carniglia 1, A. Roelse 1
CHN – 2 (0, 1, 0, 1)
Saves – USA – D. Holland 6, A. Wolf 5
6×5 – USA 5/9 – CHN 0/6
Penalties – USA – 1/1 CHN 0/1
Team USA opened up with a strong first quarter taking a 6-2 lead behind four goals from Jamie Neushul. They added six more in the second quarter to go ahead 12-4. Japan battled back in the third outscoring Team USA 4-1 to close the deficit to 13-8. The United States responded with three more goals in the fourth to take the match 16-9.
USA 16 (6, 6, 1, 3) J. Neushul 6, S. Haralabidis 3, A. Williams 2, M. Seidemann 2, R. Fattal 1, B. Weber 1, R. Neushul 1
JPN 9 (2, 2, 4, 1)