USA Women’s Water Polo Leads the Way in Goals En Route to Pan Am Games Gold

Pan American Games – Women’s Water Polo

The United States women secured their fifth straight Pan American Games title, downing Canada for the gold with help from the top goal-scoring effort, both team-wise and individually.

Canada punched its ticket to the 2020 Olympics by virtue of making the final as the Americans had already earned their Olympic berth by taking the gold medal at the Super League Final.

Brazil rounded out the podium with a bronze medal victory over Cuba.

Final Standings

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Brazil
  4. Cuba
  5. Puerto Rico
  6. Mexico
  7. Venezuela
  8. Peru

Statistical Leaders

The gold medalists from the United States were the top goal scoring team with 142 scores, followed by Canada (120), Cuba (65), Mexico (58) and Brazil (57).

The Americans were the most efficient goal scoring team as well, making good on 67.3 percent of their shot attempts (142/211). Canada was next, converting at a 52.4 percent rate (120/229). Cuba (43 percent), Brazil (34.8 percent) and Mexico (30.2 percent) followed.

Team Preliminary Rd. Goals Finals Goals Total % of Shots Made
United States 66/97 76/114 142/211 67.3
Canada 75/126 45/103 120/229 52.4
Cuba 37/82 28/69 65/151 43
Mexico 32/107 26/85 58/192 30.2
Brazil 31/78 26/86 57/164 34.8
Puerto Rico 20/82 30/87 50/169 29.6
Venezuela 12/54. 23/81 35/135 25.9
Peru 8/70. 14/68 22/138 15.9

The United States’ Stephanie Haralabidis led the competition with 22 goals and an 81.5 percent scoring efficiency (22/27). Fellow American Makenzie Fischer followed with 21 goals, while Cuba’s Mayelin Bernal Villa and Canada’s Axelle Crevier added 18 apiece. Canadians Shae Fournier and Emma Wright each put in 17 goals to round out the Top 5.

Name Goals/Shots Efficiency (%)
Stephanie Haralabidis, USA 22/27 81.5
Makenzie Fischer, USA 21/26 80.8
Mayelin Bernal Villa, Cuba 18/34 52.9
Axelle Crevier, Canada 18/26 69.2
Shae Fournier, Canada 17/32 53.1
Emma Wright, Canada 17/32 53.1
Joelle Bekhazi, Canada 14/25 56
Aria Fischer, USA 14/21 66.7
Maggie Steffens, USA 14/18 77.8
4 players with 13 goals

Haralabidis (81.5 percent) and Makenzie Fischer (80.8 percent) led all players in scoring efficiency. Teammates Maggie Steffens (77.8 percent) and Alys Williams (75 percent) and Crevier (69.2 percent) followed.

Name Goals/Shots Efficiency (%)
Stephanie Haralabidis, USA 22/27 81.5
Makenzie Fischer, USA 21/26 80.8
Maggie Steffens, USA 14/18 77.8
Alys Williams, USA 12/16. 75
Axelle Crevier, Canada 18/26 69.2
Aria Fischer, USA 14/21 66.7
Maddie Musselman, USA 13/21 61.9
Joelle Bekhazi, Canada 14/25 56
Melissa Seidemann, USA 11/19. 57.9
Krystina Alogbo, Canada 12/21. 57.1

Makenzie Fischer made a tournament-best eight extra-player goals (8 of 8), while Canada’s Joelle Bekhazi was 6 for 6. Bernal Villa led the way in penalties, putting in 5 of 7, while Puerto Rico’s Paola Medina Montero added four (of 5).

Haralabidis scored 17 of her 22 goals in action shot situations (on 21 attempts), while Makenzie Fischer converted 12 of her 17 action shots. Seidemann was tops in center shot goals with 7 (of 10), while four players registered six center shot scores.

In terms of goal defense, Cuba’s Mairelis Zunzunegui led all goalkeepers in saves with 67. Brazil’s Victoria Chamorro (50) and American Ashleigh Johnson (48) followed.

Name Saves/Shots Faced Save Percentage
Mairelis Zunzunegui, Cuba 67/140 47.9
Victoria Chamorro, Brazil 50/111 45
Ashleigh Johnson, USA 48/68 70.6
Lizil Patino Bueno, Mexico 44/114 38.6
Solelmar Martinez, Venezuela 39/128 30.5

American Ashleigh Johnson was tops in terms of efficiency in goal, saving 70.6 percent of the shots she faced (48 of 68). Zunzunegui was next with 47.9 percent (67/140), while Chamorro was third with 45 percent (50/111).

NOTE: American Makenzie Fischer saw action in goal in just one game, but saved all five of the shots she faced (5/5, 100 percent), while sister and countrywoman Aria Fischer saved 2 of 3 (66.7 percent).

Name Saves/Shots Faced Save Percentage
Ashleigh Johnson, USA 48/68 70.6
Mairelis Zunzunegui, Cuba 67/140 47.9
Victoria Chamorro, Brazil 50/111 45
Jessica Gaudrealt, Canada 34/79 43
Lizil Patino Bueno, Mexico 44/114 38.6

 

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