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Silver gives U.S. a chance for gold at FINA Super Final

Stanford grad scores game winning goal for national water polo team

Stanford grad Lauren (Lolo) Silver put the finishing touches of the United States women's national water polo team's 15-14 shootout victory over Australia pool play of the FINA World League Super Final in La Jolla on Tuesday night.

Silver, who scored twice in the contest, found the back lower half of the net wide open in skipping the ball past an Aussie goalkeeper who guessed wrong.

American goalie Emily Feher made three saves during the shootout phase, allowing the U.S. to record the come-from-behind victory.

"The game flip-flopped back and forth right up to the final seconds," Feher said. "I got lit up a few times but I was able to pull off a couple of bug stops to help my team win."

The U.S. (2-0 in Pool B) meets Russia (0-2) on the final day of pool play Wednesday at 7 p.m., with quarterfinals beginning Thursday. A live feed of the tournament can found through the official site of USA water polo.

"This team has grown a lot in four weeks," U.S. coach Adam Krikorian said. "We've only been training together for four weeks and I've seen a lot of growth. This game was a good example of that."

Stanford junior Melissa Seidemann also scored a goal in the shootout as the U.S. rallied after Australia took the lead at 12-11 with 48 seconds remaining to play in regulation.

Kami Craig scored with nine seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 12 and send it to a shootout.

"A lot of goals were scored in the last couple of minutes," Krikorian said. "I think it was an exciting game and I think the fans enjoyed it."

Seidemann's goal put the U.S. up, 14-13, and after the Aussies tied it again, Silver delivered the game winner.

China, which beat the U.S. two out of three in a recent exhibition series, leads Pool A at 2-0 heading into its final game against Hungary on Wednesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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