Stanford products help Team USA beat Hungary in Russia


The Stanford women's water polo team -- past, present and future -- helped contribute to the USA Women's National Team's 10-8 victory over Hungary on Day 2 of the Kirishi Cup in Russia on Wednesday.

Stanford grad Lauren (Lolo) Silver scored two goals, current Cardinal Melissa Seidemann scored once as did incoming Stanford freshman Maggie Steffens.

Team USA is back in action Thursday with a match against Greece.

Hungary got off to the great start by going up 2-0 in the first quarter before Team USA broke through with a score from Anne Belden. Hungary came back with a tally at the 1:13 mark and went up 3-1 going to the second quarter. The second period belonged to the United States as it rallied and took the lead. At the 5:58 mark a goal from Courtney Mathewson tied the match at 3 and then Team USA went ahead when Heather Petri found the cage for a 4-3 advantage with a little over three minutes to play.

Up 5-4 with less than two minutes to play in the half the United States worked its lead back up to two goals as Lauren Wenger buried a shot for a 6-4 lead going into halftime. In the third period, Team USA put this one to bed with a flurry of goals to get the period started. Silver connected on two straight goals, the latter a five-meter penalty shot for an 8-4 lead.

Steffens, from Monte Vista (Danville), scored moments later for a 9-4 lead and Team USA was in control. Hungary rallied to score two of the next three goals but the United States was still in command at 10-6 going to the final period.

The USA Women's Senior National Team opened the Kirishi Cup in Russia with a 7-7 tie against Australia. Steffens scored once for Team USA, giving the Americans a 5-4 lead in the third period.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo


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