Stanford's Bowen helps USA men to big water polo victory


Stanford's Alex Bowen scored three goals to pace the U.S. Men's Senior National Team to a come-from-behind 12-9 water polo victory over Canada to open the FINA World League Super Final on Monday in Dubai, UAE.

The Americans rallied from five goals down in the second half to pull off the stunning triumph. Team USA next will play Australia.

After an even 1-1 start to the match, Canada scored four goals in the second to take a 5-2 lead at intermission. Canada appeared in control as it moved in front, 7-2, in the third and then again 8-4 before Team USA began to chip away.

Despite Bowen's departure due to fouls, the U.S. found offense in other areas. Trailing 8-5 at the end of the third, the USA exploded for seven goals in the fourth quarter.

When the dust settled, the Americans had gone from down 7-2 to ahead, 12-8. Canada scored a goal late but it did not factor in the decision. Team USA went 4-for-11 on power plays.

"It was a bad start. We were basically sleeping in the first two quarters," said USA head coach Dejan Udovicic. "They weren't in the game and they had to adjust to the refereeing. They are a young team. The average age is 20.4 (years), but they showed the will and motivation to succeed. They wasted opportunities in the first period, turned that around and took all the opportunities in the second half. They need more international experience. The goalie (recent high school grad McQuin Baron) was born in 1995!"

Also playing for the U.S. was Stanford's Conner Cleary, Bret Bonanni and Jackson Kimbell.

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