USA women roll to 18-3 water polo win at Pan Am Games


Maggie Steffens and Makenzie Fischer won't be teammates at Stanford until the fall, but they should be close friends by then after teaming to help the U.S. Women's Senior National Water Polo Team at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada.

Steffens, who'll be a senior and Fischer, an incoming freshman, each tallied three goals on Wednesday to lead Team USA to an 18-3 romp over Cuba in the second round of the Pan Am Games.

The Americans, who have scored 43 goals in two victories, will have two days off from competition before returning to action on Saturday against Argentina to close out group play.

Cuba was the aggressor early in this one, striking first on its opening possession with a power-play goal. That lead was short-lived as Team USA came back with four straight goals to close out the period. Steffens got things started followed by scores from Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann, Rachel Fattal and Cardinal grad Kiley Neushul.

The second quarter was more of the same as Courtney Mathewson found the net just nine seconds into the period for a 5-1 lead. The well-balanced attack continued with goals from Kami Craig, Kaleigh Gilchrist and Stanford grad Ashley Grossman to build an 8-1 halftime lead.

After Cuba scored in the third period, Team USA ran off five straight goals to close the quarter.

Fischer capped the game with a hat trick in the final 3:30. Seidemann finished with two goals and Menlo Park's KK Clark added one tally.

Team USA went 7 for 9 on power plays while Cuba was 2 of 8 with neither team attempting a penalty shot.

Men's water polo

Stanford grad Tony Azevedo and Cardinal senior Bret Bonanni each scored three times to lead Team USA past Cuba, 21-4, on Day 2 of the Pan American Games.

Stanford grad Alex Bowen and current Cardinal Jackson Kimbell each added a pair of goals.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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