Bonanni helps American men reach quarters at World championship


Stanford senior Bret Bonanni scored twice and the United States men's senior national water polo team downed Brazil, 7-3, Sunday to advance into the quarterfinals of the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The Americans (3-1, 18-17-1) meet Serbia on Tuesday. Team USA is 4-1 against the Serbs this year.

Bret Bonanni. Photo by Kelley L Cox/KLC fotos
In a rematch of the Pan American Games gold medal final played less than a month ago, the U.S. again gained the upper hand early as Luca Cupido scored the game's first goals.

After Bernardo Gomes got Brazil on the board in the second period, Bonanni followed with an immediate goal to help the United States take a 3-1 advantage into halftime.

Bonanni also opened the third quarter with a goal, connecting on a penalty shot for a 4-1 lead with 5:12 to play in the period. Brazil scored to make it 4-2 heading into the final period.

John Mann scored all three of his goals in the in the fourth quarter. He scored on a power play and a natural goal in the opening two minutes. Brazil's Felipe Perrone broke through for a goal with 2:20 to play but Mann put the cap on the match with 17 seconds left, scoring on the counter attack.

Brazil went 0-for-3 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Team USA was 1-for-3 on power plays and converted its lone penalty shot.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA water polo

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