Press release courtesy of USA Water Polo.
Szolnok, Hungary – February 8 – The USA Men’s National Team lost their second straight match in Volvo Cup play, falling to Germany 20-12 earlier today. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored four goals in the loss while McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/Mater Dei HS/United) and Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda) combined for six saves in net. Team USA closes out play at the Volvo Cup with a match against Hungary tomorrow at 6am pt. Live scoring is available for the match and can be accessed by clicking here.
The United States struck first on a goal from Thomas Dunstan (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan HS/Greenwich Aquatics) for a 1-0 lead. Germany quickly answered with four straight goals and took a 4-2 lead after the first period. The United States battled back early in the second, closing to within 4-3 on a goal from Michael Rosenthal (Miami, FL/USC/NYAC) but they wouldn’t get much closer. Germany took over from there and built a 9-5 lead at halftime. They continued that pace in the third with four more goals to grab a 13-7 lead going into the final period. In the last frame Germany exploded for seven goals, countering five from the Americans, to take the match 20-12.
Other goal scorers for Team USA included Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) and John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) each adding two goals while Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/Newport WPC) scored once. The United States struggled mightly on power play defense allowing Germany to go 12/13 while Team USA went 5/8.
USA 12 (2, 3, 2, 5) B. Bonanni 4, T. Dunstan 2, J. Mann 2, A. Bowen 2, M. Rosenthal 1, J. Kimbell 1
GER 20 (4, 5, 4, 7)
Saves – USA – M. Baron – 5 – D. Holland – 1
6×5 – USA – 5/8 – GER 12/13