With current or former players Stanford water polo players accounting for eight goals, the USA Women's National Team advanced to the final eight at the 2013 FINA World Championships with a 14-3 victory over Brazil on Saturday in Barcelona, Spain.
Lolo Silver, Melissa Seidemann and Kiley Neushul all scored twice with Annika Dries and Maggie Steffens each tallying once as the U.S. remained unbeaten.
The USA now moves on to the quarterfinal round where it will meet host Spain, which will be a rematch of the 2012 Olympic Games final. That match is set for Monday.
"Our next game is against Spain and a lot of people say that is a rematch, but I don't like that word," said U.S. head coach Adam Krikorian. "What happened one year ago is not important now. There have been a lot of changes, different players, and also, now we are playing in Spain. The most important thing is to move on to the next round, no matter who we are playing."
The win over Brazil was never in doubt as the United States led wire to wire, starting with a 3-0 advantage after the first period. Kelly Rulon and Neushul opened the scoring for a 2-0 lead with 3:53 left. Neushul faltered moments later, losing the handle on a penalty-shot attempt, but Seidemann made up for the miscue with a power play goal shortly after.
In the second period, Seidemann kept up the attack with a goal from the perimeter and Silver connected on the weakside for a 7-0 lead with 4:35 remaining. Dries powered her way inside for a score that capped an eight-goal run to start the match. Brazil finally broke through on their next possession to close within 8-1. The United States led at halftime, 10-1.
Steffens beat the keeper in close and Silver connected from the outside for a 14-3 advantage.
Women's field hockey
Stanford's Kelsey Harbin and her United States teammates opened the Ergo Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, Germany with a 4-1 victory over Korea Republic on Saturday.
"I'm really proud of how our team played, particularly in the second half where we scored a lot of goals," U.S. coach Steve Jennings said. "It feels really good to start up the tournament this way. It's phenomenal to be here, we're really excited to be here and to start right up with this win. We think game by game and always want to win. We're just trying to do our best in every match."
The Americans will be tested Sunday when they take on The Netherlands, a perennially strong nation in the sport.
The Dutch senior national team are the defending Olympic champions. The junior team opened the tournament with a 10-0 win over Ghana.
Stanford's Maddie Secco was not as fortunate, as she and her Canadian teammates fell to Argentina, 4-0 in pool play action.
"Aside from the result, the performance was solid," Canada coach Ian Rutledge said. "The girls worked honestly, and their work was the most impressive aspect. I think it will be better tomorrow. Germany always has good tournaments and it's great to be here."
Canada meets China on Saturday. The Chinese and Russia tied, 3-3, on Saturday.
Stanford grad Bradley Klahn and teammate Michael Venus of New Zealand dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to Canada's Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic in the men's doubles finals at the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships Presented by the Lexus Store of Lexington on Saturday night.
Klahn lost in the singles semifinal earlier in the day, 6-4, 7-5, to Australian James Duckworth.
Canadians defeated Bradley Klahn of the United States and New Zealand's Michael Venus 7-5, 6-3.
Carlsbad High senior Jordan Perez, a 6-2, 220-pound inside linebacker, verbally committed to Stanford on Friday.
Stanford senior Wil Robins and his teammate Justin Volpe finished fifth in the men's lightweight pair C Final on Saturday at the Junior World Rowing Championship in Lynz, Austria.