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
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.