Steffens scores three times in Team USA's win over Brazil


Stanford senior Maggie Steffens scored three times, Cardinal grad Kiley Neushul and incoming Stanford freshman Makenzie Fischer each added a pair of goals and the United States senior women's water polo team opened the FINA World Championships with a 13-2 victory over Brazil on Sunday in Kazan, Russia.

The Americans (22-1 overall) meet Italy in group play on Tuesday. The U.S. men, coming off its gold-medal performance at the Pan Am Games, open play Monday with a contest against host Russia.

Ashleigh Johnson recorded 14 saves while the U.S., which converted 42 percent (13-for-31) of its attempts, scored the game's first 11 goals and held a 9-0 advantage at halftime.

Steffens, who was 3-of-4 on her shot attempts, and U.S. veteran Kami Craig each scored before the contest was two minutes old, with Rachel Fattal, Fischer, on a penalty shot, and Mathewson also scoring in the first period.

The United States went 3-of-5 on power plays while Brazil was 0-for-5 on power plays.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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