USA men lose polo lead and fall in shootout for third place


The USA Men's Senior National Team appeared well on its way to a bronze medal at the 2015 FINA World League Super Final only to see Brazil rally for a shootout win, 24-23, on Sunday in Bergamo, Italy.

Team USA held a three-goal lead in the fourth quarter before Brazil charged back with five goals in the fourth period to force the extra sessions. Stanford grad Tony Azevedo scored four goals to lead the USA attack while Merrill Moses turned in a solid performance in net.

Stanford's Bret Bonanni added two goals with Cardinal grad Alex Bowen tallying once.

The United States built a 3-1 lead after the first period and a 6-2 advantage at halftime. Brazil came back with three goals in the third, but Team USA posted two of its own to stay in front, 8-5, headed to the fourth. The final eight minutes saw a furious rally from Brazil, with the game-tying goal coming with seven seconds left.

It appeared the game would end early as Moses came up with a big save early in the shootout, only to see Brazil do likewise. The match advanced to an attempt from Azevedo that missed, followed by a make from Brazil's Jonas Crivello to win the match for Brazil.

Serbia topped Croatia, 9-6, to win gold at the FINA World League Super Final and earn a berth to the 2016 Olympic Games.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports


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