Azevedo helps USA men beat Australia at FINA World Championships


Stanford grad and four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo scored four goals and the United States men's senior water polo team team ended the year on a good note, beating Australia, 10-6, to finish seventh at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia on Saturday.

Azevedo, Stanford's all-time scoring leader, celebrated his record eighth appearance at the world championships by helping the Americans complete the season 4-3 in their event, and 19-19-1 overall.

The Aussies took an early 2-0 lead before Azevedo got the U.S. on the board. It was 3-1 when Cardinal senior Bret Bonanni, second all-time to Azevedo on the scoring list, scored.

Azevedo tied the match early in the second period and USC's Nikola Vavic put the Americans ahead to stay. The U.S. led, 4-3, at halftime.

Azevedo, Bonanni and Stanford grad Alex Bowen scored successive goals opening the third quarter and the Americans, who were 5-for-12 on power plays, eventually built an 8-3 advantage en route to the victory.

"We obviously wanted to get a gold medal, but we ended on a high note at the end of the summer with Rio looming," USA goalie McQuin Baron said. "Just one more year. I'm somewhat disappointed we didn't do better. We have been playing as a team and working a lot on defense."

Serbia beat Croatia, 11-4, to win the title.

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