Stanford grads Tony Azevedo and Peter Varellas did their part by scoring two goals each, but it wasn't close to being enough as the USA Men's Senior National Team dropped a 17-9 water polo decision to Serbia on the second day of the FINA World Cup in Oradea, Romania on Wednesday.
The Americans will take a 1-1 record into their scheduled match Thursday against Croatia.
In addition to Azevedo and Varellas, the U.S. got two goals from Michael Sharf.
Team USA grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Tim Hutten, but after that it was all Serbia. The Serbians ran off three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first. The United States got to within 4-2 in the second quarter on goal by Ryan Bailey, but Serbia again answered with two straight scores for a 6-2 halftime lead.
Serbia put the game away in the third quarter by building a 10-3 lead. The fourth quarter saw a combined 13 goals scored, six by Team USA.
The U.S. converted only four of 14 power-play goals while Serbia made six of seven.
"Defensively, we never got into the game and we cannot beat anyone playing defense like that," USA coach Terry Schroeder said.
Stanford saw its hopes of defending its water polo title at the USAWP Women's 20-under National Championships in Orange County end on Wednesday following a 6-4 loss to SoCal Black at Capistrano Valley High. That came on the heels of an 8-5 victory over Diablo at JSerra High School earlier in the day.
Stanford bounced back Thursday morning to beat San Diego Shores, 10-4, to earn a berth in the fifth-place match later in the day.
Stanford team members include Tara Murao, Alexis Lee, Alyssa Lo, Cassie Churnside, Jillian Garton, Kaitlyn Lo, Kate Baldoni, Lizzie Abbott, Monica Coughlan, Caroline Hansen, Pallavi Menon, Vee Dunlevie, Julia Peters and Victoria Kennedy.