USA women open Pan Am Games in water polo with a rout


With Stanford grad Ashley Grossman and current Cardinal standout Maggie Steffens each scoring four goals, the U.S. Pan American Women's Water Polo Team opened up the competition at the Atos Markham Pan Am Centre in strong fashion with a 25-3 victory over Mexico on Tuesday.

While Grossman and Steffens paced the offense, goalie Sami Hill went the distance in net and stopped nine shots.

Stanford grad Ashley Grossman scored four goals in a 25-3 dunking of Mexico to open water polo play at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. Photo courtesy of USA Water Polo.
Team USA returns to competition on Wednesday when it meets Cuba. The Americans close out group play on Saturday when they take on Argentina.

Team USA wasted little time getting on the board against Mexico as Courtney Mathewson found the back of the net just 30 seconds into the contest. Recent Stanford grad Kiley Neushul followed on a power-play goal and Team USA was off to the races.

Steffens got free on the counter attack while Grossman scored the first of her four goals on the day to build a 5-0 lead with 41 seconds left in the first.

Holding a 6-0 lead, the Team USA offense found another level in the second quarter as it scored a goal on the first six possessions -- including one from Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann that made it 12-0. At halftime, it was 16-1.

Neushul ended up with three goals with Seidemann and Menlo Park's KK Clark adding two apiece. Incoming Stanford freshman Mackenzie Fischer tallied once.

All 11 field players for Team USA scored at least one goal.

Men's water polo

Stanford senior Bret Bonanni scored nine times as Team USA beat Ecuador, 27-0, in its opening match at the Pan American Games.

Stanford grad Alex Bowen added three goals and junior Jackson Kimbell scored twice.


Four local players earned All-American honors while helping win team titles at the recent Masters National Championships last month in Huntington Beach.

In the men's 30s, first-place Olympic Club had Menlo School grad Thomas Foley, Stanford grad Brian Heifferon and Palo Alto High grad Sean Nolan all honored with All-American status.

In the women's 20s, Stanford grad Kim Krueger earn All-American recognition while helping the Olympic Club win the team title.

For second-place teams, Stanford grad Sage Wright was honored in men's 20s; Stanford grad and Castilleja head coach Brenda Villa played for the Olympic Club's 30-over women's team while the runner-up Menlo Mavens had Megan Ancker, Barbara Jones, Rebecca Pinto and Diane Whitty all honored with All-American status in the women's 55-over bracket.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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