Stanford grad Lolo Silver scored four goals but the United States women's national water polo team dropped a 12-11 decision to Russia on the final day of the Kirishi Cup in Kirishi, Russia on Saturday.
Team USA completed the tournament with a 2-2-1 record and will next play in the FINA World League Super Final in Tianjin, China beginning June 14.
Russia took a three-goal lead into the intermission and the Americans never recovered, though the U.S. scored in the final minute to make it close.
Stanford grads Brenda Villa and Jessica Steffens each added a goal for the U.S., while Stanford recruit Maggie Steffens also scored. Current Stanford players Melissa Seidemann and Annika Dries also are on the team. Dries scored three goals in a 15-5 win over Kazakstan on Friday. Villa and Silver scored two goals each.
The U.S. opens with Italy at the Super Final and will also play host China and Greece in pool play.
Men's water polo
The U.S. National Team opens play at the FINA World Super Final in Florence, Italy on June 21, meeting the host country on the first day.
The Americans are also in a group with Serbia and a team from Asia.
Lauren Cheney scored during extra time to give the United States National Team a 1-0 victory over Mexico in a World Cup Send-Off match Sunday at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.
Stanford grad Rachel Buehler, a defender, played for the Americans while Stanford junior Teresa Loyola and Cardinal sophomore Alina Garciamendez played for Mexico.
Stanford grads Kelley O'Hara and Nicole Barnhart did not participate on the American side.
The U.S. opens play at the FIFA Women's World Cup against Korea DPR on June 28 in Dresden, Germany