Stanford's Steffens leads Team USA past Hungary, 15-10

Stanford junior Maggie Steffens scored three goals and the United States women's senior national water polo team beat Hungary, 15-10, Thursday to advance into the quarterfinals of the FINA World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

Maggie Steffens/USA water polo
The Americans (3-0 in World Cup play, 19-2-1 overall) meet Singapore in Friday's quarterfinal with Spain a likely opponent in the semifinals. Singapore, winless in three matches, dropped a 22-1 decision to China, coached by Rick Azevedo, the father of Stanford grad and Olympian Tony Azevedo.

Spain is scheduled to play winless South Africa in the quarterfinal round. China plays Hungary and host Russia meets Australia in other Friday matches.

Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann gave the U.S. a 3-2 lead in the first period, sparking a five-goal rally that put the Americans in control.

Team USA has, in the past two days, recorded victories over the only two teams that beat the U.S. this season.

Stanford senior Kiley Neushul added two goals while USC grad Kami Craig matched Steffens for team-high honors with three goals.

"It was a physical game but our team maintained their composure," USA coach Adam Krikorian said. "Our success on extra player opportunities was a key component toward the win."

The Americans converted seven of their 11 power-play situations while limiting Hungary to three of six.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Cho's Los Altos finally opens
By Elena Kadvany | 21 comments | 4,422 views

College Touring Tips
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 4 comments | 3,810 views

The teenage brain
By Sally Torbey | 14 comments | 3,173 views

Rest When Baby Sleeps
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 2,012 views

Eating v. Exercise: Food Always Wins
By Max Greenberg | 3 comments | 961 views