Press release courtesy of USA Water Polo.
Szolnok, Hungary – February 9 – The USA Men’s Senior National Team finished the Volvo Cup 0-3 after losing to Hungary 12-5 earlier today. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored three goals and Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda) posted eight saves in the loss.
Hungary got off to a fast start posting a 4-0 lead after the first period. Bonanni broke through for the United States in the second period to cut the deficit to 4-1, but Hungary would go on to build a 7-1 advantage at halftime. The two teams were even in the third period scoring two goals apiece leaving Hungary ahead 9-3 after three periods. In the fourth Hungary added three more goals to just two from the United States to take the match 12-5.
A day after allowing Germany to go 12/13 on the power play, the USA defense was better in this match holding Hungary to a 3/7 conversion. Conversely the United States struggled on their power play attempts going 0/6. In addition to Bonanni’s goals the rest of the scoring came from Danny McClintick (Agoura Hills, CA/UCLA/Bruin) and Nolan McConnell (Laguna Beach, CA/Long Beach State/SET) who each scored one goal apiece.
USA 5 (0, 1, 2, 2) B. Bonanni 3, D. McClintick 1, N. McConnell 1
HUN 12 (4, 3, 2, 3)
Saves – USA – D. Holland 8
6×5 – USA – 0/6 – HUN 3/7