Stanford senior Maggie Steffens scored three times, Cardinal grads Melissa Seidemann and Ashley Grossman also scored and the USA senior women's water polo team downed Hungary, 12-7, at the FINA World Championships on Saturday in Kazan, Russia.
The Americans (3-1, 24-2) advance into Monday's quarterfinal round, meeting Spain, their opponent in the gold medal match of the 2012 London Olympics.
Team USA took it to Hungary from the start as Rachel Fattal, Courtney Mathewson and Steffens each scored in the first six minutes of the contest. The Americans never looked back, opening a 7-1 advantage en route to a 7-2 halftime lead.
In the third, Mathewson, Steffens and Fattal scored to make it 10-2. Seidemann and Grossman added the final two goals. Incoming Stanford freshman Makenzie Fischer had her 5-game scoring streak snapped.
The United States went 4-for-7 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Hungary was 3-for-6 on power plays and converted its lone penalty shot.