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Late steal leads to winning goal for U.S. men's water polo

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California freshman Luca Cupido scored two power-play goals in the final 45 seconds to lift the United States men's national water polo team past Serbia, 11-10, in the third of a four-game exhibition series Sunday at El Toro High in Lake Forest.

The Serbians scored three unanswered goals to take a 10-9 lead with 1:13 remaining to play. Following a timeout, the Americans capitalized on an extra-man advantage to score the tying goal.

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Stanford sophomore Jackson Kimbell came up with a steal with six seconds left and Cupido fired from long range to net the game winner.

The final match of the series takes place Tuesday at the University of Illinois-Chicago at 5:45 p.m. (PT) and will be livecast at USA water polo.

Stanford grad and four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo scored twice for the Americans, while Cardinal senior Jack Bowen and Kimbell also scored.

Following the exhibition series, both teams head to Bergamo, Italy for the FINA World League Super Final, which begins June 23.

The U.S. plays Serbia, Australia and Italy in pool play.

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