USA junior women are headed to title match

NorCal 18U team repeats as Hawaiian Invitational champion

Stanford incoming freshman Kelsey Suggs scored three goals and the United States women's junior national water polo team knocked off Mexico, 16-2, in the semifinals of the UANA Junior Pan American Championships in Pinecrest, Fla. on Sunday.

The Americans meet Canada for the championship on Monday. The Canadians beat Brazil, 11-3, in the other semifinal.

The U.S. took a 4-0 lead in the first period against Mexico and never looked back. Cory Dodson, whose older sister Kaley will be joining Suggs at Stanford in the fall, led the Americans with four goals.

The U.S. and Canada played to a 9-9 deadlock in the preliminary round on Friday, and both teams remain unbeaten entering the gold medal contest. The U.S. scored in the final minute to create the tie.

The Americans (6-0-1) are averaging 16.7 goals a game while Canada (7-0-1) averages 19.9.

The U.S. advanced directly into the semifinals while Canada played in the quarterfinal round.

In their first meeting, the Americans limited Canada to 1-of-9 on power plays while going 2-for-4. The Canadians converted their only penalty shot. Suggs scored once in the contest.

Suggs and Stanford Water Polo Club's Julia Peters each scored twice in Team USA's first meeting with Mexico.

The U.S. junior national team is comprised of a training roster of three groups. Kaley Dodson, Stanford sophomore Kate Baldoni, M-A's Emily Dorst and Castilleja's Evan Cranston are also part of the junior national program.

Suggs, with fellow Cardinal recruit Lexie Ross, were members of the Junior Olympic 2009 championship SET Water Polo Club team.

Peters, a senior at San Jose's Presentation High, is a two-time first team all-West Catholic Athletic League pick. She also played with the U.S. at the Junior Pan American Championships held in Brazil two years ago.

Hawaiian Invitational

The NorCal 18U girls team successfully defended its title at the Hawaiian Invitational, beating Agoura, 8-3, on Sunday at the University of Hawaii.

Atherton resident Hathaway Moore, who is headed to Michigan in the fall, was named the tournament MVP.

In the men's open division, The Olympic Club downed La Canada, 11-6, in the championship game.

Menlo School and Stanford grad Jimmie Sandman was named the MVP of the division.

Stanford grads Thomas Hopkins and Peter Varellas also play for the Olympic Club.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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