Stanford grad Tony Azevedo and Tim Hutten each scored a goal to open the fourth period, breaking a tie and leading the United States men's national water polo team to a 14-12 victory over host country Romania at the FINA World Cup in Oradea on Friday.
Azevedo scored three goals in the contest to help the Americans even their Cup record at 2-2. Cardinal grad Peter Varellas also scored for the U.S.
Team USA never trailed in the contest and took its biggest lead at 13-10 with 4:02 remaining to play. The game was tied six times before the Americans broke it open in the final period.
The U.S. and Croatia meet Saturday in the semifinals, with the Americans still in the hunt for an overall championship. Croatia won the round robin contest, 9-7, on Thursday.
Serbia and Spain meet in the other semifinal.