Stanford's Bonanni scores four times in Team USA victory


The USA men's national men's water polo team needed a late goal for the second straight match to beat Serbia, this time a power-play goal from Alex Obert with one second remaining to lift the Americans past the Serbians, 14-13, at Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night.

Stanford senior Bret Bonanni scored four times to lead Team USA, which swept all four of its exhibition series matches with Serbia.

Bret Bonanni. Photo by Kelley L Cox/KLC fotos
The Americans head to Bergamo, Italy to open FINA World League Super Final competition on June 23. The U.S. take on Serbia on the first day of preliminary play. The Americans also meet Australia and Italy in pool play.

Stanford grad Alex Bowen, who had a steal, also scored for the U.S., while Cardinal grad Tony Azevedo recorded the only two assists of the contest.

The fourth period featured a pair of lead changes and three ties before it was all over. Serbia scored with 31 seconds remaining to tie it at 13.

A Serbian player was hit with an exclusion with 12 seconds remaining to play. A Serbia assistant coach objected and was hit with a red card. Obert took advantage of the extra man to give the Americans the victory.

Serbia's Duško Pijetlovi also received a red card and was ejected with 1:30 left in the third period.

The U.S. was out-shot, 33-30, but was 4 of 13 in power plays, while Serbia went 1 for 10.

Also on the roster for the Serbia series was Stanford grad Janson Wigo and current Cardinal player Jackson Kimbell. Menlo School grad Nick Bisconti is on the national team roster, but was not selected for the exhibition series.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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