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USA men suffer first loss in World League Super Final polo

The U.S. Men's Senior National Team will have its work cut out for them after dropping an 8-4 decision to Australia in the second round of the FINA World League Super Final water polo tournament on Tuesday in Dubai, UAE.

The Americans next will face Hungary on Wednesday.

"Our man-up (attack) was terrible," said USA coach Dejan Udovicic. "This cost us the result. I cannot be satisfied with our performance.

"You are always disappointed when you lose. You don't play sports to lose. We are working on a lot of things in the team and building until the end of the summer."

John Mann scored two goals and McQuin Baron posted nine saves in the loss. Alex Obert and Michael Rosenthal each scored a goal in the second quarter to tie the game, but Australia went on to build a three-goal lead by the end of the third quarter.

Stanford's Conner Cleary, Bret Bonanni, Alex Bowen, and Jackson Kimbell all saw action but did not score.

The Americans were 0-for-10 on power plays.

"Being young is not an excuse and we have to come out and win games and have to execute," said Mann. "We have a ton of skill and a lot of kids and the young men are exceptional players and I actually believe in our future. It's always good to play and battle against teams you know and set a benchmark with . . . We came here to win as many games as we can and finish in the top two."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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