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SHP grad Clark leads USA women to gold medal in Canada

With the 2013 Holiday Cup set to begin this Wednesday at Foothill High School in Santa Ana, USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team head coach Adam Krikorian has announced the Team USA roster.


Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark of Menlo Park had five goals in the Canada Cup finale. Photo by Michael Larsen.
Sixteen athletes were selected, including six from the local area. That group includes Stanford Olympians Annika Dries, Maggie Steffens and graduate Melissa Seidemann.

Joining them are Stanford's Kiley Neushul, Cardinal graduate Lolo Silver and Sacred Heart Prep and UCLA grad KK Clark from Menlo Park.

The Holiday Cup consists of six international women's water polo teams and will run from Wednesday through Sunday. The United States is joined by Australia, Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, and Russia in the competition. Team USA will open with the Netherlands on Wednesday evening at 8:30 p.m.

Team USA just returned home from Canada where they took first place at the Canada Cup, defeating Australia 12-10 in a shootout victory on Sunday.

Clark kept Team USA alive and goalie Sami Hill wrapped things up. Clark's five second-half goals, including three in the fourth quarter, capped a furious rally that left the United States and Australia even at 8-8 after regulation.

Hill then went about blocking two attempts from Australia in the shootout while the U.S. connected on all four of its opportunities to pick up the gold medal.

The Aussies took command in the third, scoring four of the first five goals of the period to grab an 8-4 lead with 1:42 to play. Clark scored her second of the period to stop the Australia run, but the USA still trailed 8-5 going to the fourth.

In the final period it was all Clark. She scored first at the 6:44 mark and then scored again less than a minute later to draw the Americans to within 8-7. Clark finished it up with her third goal of the period at the 4:02 mark setting the stage for the shootout. Clark also made her attempt there.

Also playing for the U.S. was Menlo-Atherton High grad Becca Dorst of Menlo Park and Stanford's Ashley Grossman, who scored three goals in an 11-8 win over Canada in the semifinals. Dorst had solo goals in an earlier 12-10 win over Canada and a 10-8 loss to Australia.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports

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