Current and former Stanford water polo players accounted for seven goals as the USA Men's National Team picked up its first victory at the FINA World Championships with a convincing 16-3 victory over South Africa on Wednesday in Barcelona, Spain.
Current Cardinal Alex Bowen tallied three times while Stanford grads Tony Azevedo and Janson Wigo each added two goals for the Americans.
John Mann paced the U.S. offensive attack with five goals while Andy Stevens went the distance in net, turning aside eight shots.
Team USA now moves to 1-1 in group play with Canada remaining on Friday evening to close out preliminary play. USA matches stream live on UniversalSports.com.
Team USA got off to a blazing start on the offensive end building a 4-0 lead in the first period. Bowen connected from the outside less than thirty seconds into the match for a 1-0 lead. Mann followed moments later with two straight goals, the latter coming on a power play, for a 3-0 lead. Wigo closed out the scoring in the first period with a power-play strike from the perimeter for a 4-0 lead.
Mann posted his third goal on the first possession of the second period as he got free on the counter attack for a 5-0 lead. South Africa broke through with its first goal a minute later to draw within 5-1. The United States responded in a hurry by rattling off seven straight goals in a run that spanned the end of the second period and start of the third. Another goal by Wigo pushed the lead to 9-1.
The onslaught continued in the third period with Mann scoring from the inside followed by two straight Azevedo goals to grab a 12-1 lead with 5:02 remaining. Bowen found the cage on a counter attack for a 14-3 lead after three periods.