American men lose in quarters of FINA World Championships


Stanford senior Bret Bonanni scored twice but the United States men's senior national water polo team dropped a 12-7 decision to Serbia in the quarterfinals of the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Tuesday.

The Americans (3-2, 18-18-1) meet Hungary on Thursday for a chance to play for fifth place. Italy beat the Hungarians, 8-7, in a quarterfinal match.

Bret Bonanni. Photo by Kelley L Cox/KLC fotos
Team USA is 2-1 against Hungary this year, most recently earning an 8-7 victory over the Hungarians in the quarterfinals of the FINA World League Super Final in late June.

Stanford grads Tony Azevedo and Alex Bowen each added a goal for the Americans, who trailed, 7-5, at halftime.

Team USA opened the scoring with Bonanni hitting on a power play goal just minutes into the contest and Josh Samuels connecting from afar for a 2-0 lead. Serbia responded with a flurry of goals to take a 4-2 lead after one quarter.

The teams traded goals in the second quarter, with Azevedo, Jesse Smith and Bonanni scoring for the Americans, who drew within 6-5 before Serbia netted another goal.

Luca Cupido opened the third period with a goal, bringing Team USA to within 7-6. A little over a minute later Team USA drew a penalty but Bonanni missed off the post.

Bowen delivered a sidearm low skipping shot that hit off the post and in for a goal and a 9-7 game. That was as close as it would get the rest of the way.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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