With recent Stanford grad Annika Dries scoring four goals, the U.S. Women's Senior National Team picked up its second straight water polo win at the Kirishi Cup by topping host Russia, 10-6, on Wednesday.
"I was very proud of our defensive effort today," said U.S. coach Adam Krikorian. "However, our offensive execution needs improvement."
The first period was close with Russia taking an early 1-0 lead. Team USA battled back with goals from Rachel Fattal and Stanford junior Maggie Steffens to take a 2-1 advantage after the first period.
Russia tied the game early in the second, but the Americans grabbed a 4-2 halftime lead following goals from Steffens and Stanford senior Kiley Neushul. Each player scored twice.
Team USA blew the game open in the third, scoring four straight goals to take an 8-4 lead to the fourth period. Dries scored two during that third period and then added two more in the fourth to put the United States ahead 10-4.
The United States went 2 for 2 on power plays and missed its only penalty shot while Russia was just 1 for 8 on power plays and 1 for 1 on penalties.
Team USA is back in action Thursday when it takes on Italy.
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