Stanford grad Tony Azevedo and Stanford senior Bret Bonanni each scored twice, Cardinal junior Jackson Kimbell scored a go-ahead goal and the United States men's senior national water polo team downed Italy, 11-9, on the final day of group play at the FINA World Championships on Friday in Kazan, Russia.
The Americans (2-1, 17-17-1) finished second in the group and advance to meet Brazil in the qualification round Sunday.
Italy got off to a 3-1 lead midway through the first period but Team USA rallied to tie the match at 4, behind goals from Bonanni and Azevedo.
Kimbell scored with 6:23 remaining in the second period to give the Americans their first lead of the game and help give them a 7-6 halftime advantage.
Bonanni and Azevedo scored the first two goals of the third period to build a 9-6 lead. Italy eventually rallied to within 9-8 before the U.S. tacked on a pair of goals to secure the win.
The United States went 3-for-4 on the power play and did not attempt a penalty shot while Italy went 1-for-5 on power plays and converted both of its penalty shots.