USA Women Take Silver At ‘Water Polo In Rio’ Event

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – November 18 – The USA Women’s Senior National Team won two of their last three games at the ‘Water Polo In Rio’ event in Brazil. Team USA earned second place today after losing to Australia 13-10 in a shootout. Prior to that match, the United States defeated Brazil 18-4 and Canada 13-4. Team USA returns to action on Monday to start a three game series with Australia in La Jolla. The two will also meet in in Los Alamitos, CA on Tuesday evening and in Goleta on Friday afternoon. To purchase tickets, click here.

Australia 13 USA 10 Shootout 11/18/15

Australia opened up with a 3-2 lead after the first period and led 4-3 at halftime. In the third quarter Team USA outscored Australia 2-1 to even the game at 5-5 after three quarters. The two teams were even in a high scoring fourth quarter adding four goals each to go into the shootout even at 9-9. Australia was in command in the shootout outscoring the United States 4-1 to win the shootout.

Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET) scored three goals in the loss and was named the tourney’s top goal scorer. Ashleigh Johnson (Miami, FL/Princeton/NYAC) recorded eight saves in goal in the loss. The United States went 3/9 on the power play while Australia went 5/6.

USA 10 (2, 2, 2, 4) (1) M. Fischer 3, K. Neushul 2, R. Fattal 2, M. Seidemann 1, K. Hill 1, K. Clark 1
AUS 13 (3, 1, 1, 4) (4)
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 8
6×5 – USA – 3/9 – AUS – 5/6

USA 13 Canada 4 – 11/17/15

Team USA dominated from the start in their win over Canada opening up a 4-1 lead in the first quarter and a 6-1 lead at halftime. The offensive onslaught continued in the third as the United States blanked Canada 4-0 for a 10-1 lead going to the fourth. In the final period the two teams were even with three goals each leaving the United States comfortable winners at 13-4.

Johnson and Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/Santa Barbara) combined for 11 saves in net in the win. Nine different players scored goals on offense for the United States in a balanced effort. Team USA went 5/9 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Canada was 3/7 on power plays and 1/2 on penalty shots.

USA 13 (4, 2, 4, 3) M. Seidemann 2, R. Fattal 2, M. Steffens 2, M. Fischer, M. Musselman, K. Clark, K. Neushul 1, A. Grossman 1, C. Mathewson 1
CAN 4 (1, 0, 0, 3)
Saves – USA – A. Johnson 8 S. Hill 3
6×5 – USA – 5/9 – CAN – 3/7
Penalties – USA – 1/1 – CAN – 1/2

USA 18 Brazil 4 – 11/16/15

The United States piled up 18 goals in a big win over Brazil behind four goals each from Fischer and Maggie Steffens(Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC). Team USA went up 4-1 in the first quarter and 10-3 at halftime. The United States added two goals in the third quarter to grab a 12-4 lead. Team USA put the match away in the fourth with six unanswered goals on the way to the 18-4 lead.

Hill recorded 11 saves in net for the United States. Team USA went 4/10 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Brazil was 1/8 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot.

USA 18 (4, 6, 2, 6) M. Fischer 4, M. Steffens 4, K. Gilchrist 2, A. Grossman 2, M. Mussselman 2, R. Fattal 2, K. Clark 1, K. Neushul 1
BRA 4 (1, 2, 1, 0)
Saves – USA – S. Hill 11
6×5 – USA 4/10 – BRA – 1/8
Penalties – USA – 1/1 – BRA – 0/0

Swimming news courtesy of USA Water Polo.

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