USA men's water polo wins gold medal in Pan Am Games


One day after the USA women captured the gold medal, the U.S. men's water polo team duplicated that effort by topping Brazil, 11-9, in the championship match of the Pan Am Games on Wednesday in Toronto, Canada.

The Americans won their sixth straight Pan Am Games crown after clinching a berth for the 2016 Summer Olympics with a semifinal victory.

Josh Samuels and Luca Cupido each scored three goals in the win while goalie Merrill Moses finished with 17 saves. Team USA finished the tournament undefeated with wins over Ecuador, Cuba, Argentina, Canada, and Brazil.

Stanford senior Bret Bonanni added two goals with Cardinal grads Tony Azevedo and Alex Bowen scoring one goal apiece.

In a relatively high-scoring match, the pace started off slow with a first quarter that featured just one goal by Cupido.

In the second quarter, the scoring picked up in a major way with 11 combined goals scored. Azevedo and Bowen scored on back-to-back possessions to give the U.S. a 4-2 lead. Bonanni ended the period with a goal with just 22 seconds to play leaving Team USA up 7-5 at intermission.

In the third quarter, Bonanni seemed to have put Team USA up four only to have his goal waived off after a false start. It was a two- goal swing for Brazil as it delivered on the next possession for a 9-7 game.

The high-scoring pace continued shortly thereafter when Bonanni scored a power play with 1:21 to go in the period for a 10-7 lead.

The United States went 9-for-14 on power plays and made one of three penalty shots while Brazil went 2-for-12 on power plays.


Stanford grad Lindsay Meyer ('12) captured two silver medals at the Pan American Games in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.

Meyer picked up her first medal in the double sculls with Nicole Ritchie on Monday. The U.S. duo finished just over one second behind gold medalist Canada. Meyer and Ritchie clocked a 7:14.65, which was 1.64 seconds back.

On Wednesday, Meyer and Ritchie jumped in the quad along with Victoria Burke and Sarah Giancola. The four USA athletes crossed the finish line with a time of 7:16.26. The host country Canada won the event with a time of 7:07.63.

Meyer's two medals contributed to a total of nine U.S. medals in 14 events. USRowing finished with two gold, five silver and two bronze medals. Only Canada had more with 11 medals. The United States women rowers accounted for six medals, the most by any country.

Meanwhile, Cardinal grad Liz Fenje ('13) helped lead Canada to the highest medal total in rowing at the Games with her gold-medal performance in the lightweight double sculls.

Fenje and teammate Katherine Sauks won the event on Tuesday with a time of 6:57.23, over three seconds faster than silver medalist Cuba.

The gold medal for the LW2x was one of eight gold medals for the host country. No other nation had more than two.

Fenje also raced in the single sculls final on Wednesday, finishing fifth overall.

— USA Water Polo/Palo Alto Online Sports

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