Stanford junior Jamie Nueshul scored twice and Cardinal sophomore Jordan Raney added a goal as the USA Women's Junior National Water Polo Team beat Russia, 13-11, Saturday to advance into the gold medal match of the FINA Women's Junior World Championship in Volos, Greece.
Mary Brooks scored four goals to lead the defending world champions. Makenzie Barr added a pair of goals.
Russia took early leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before Team USA rallied. Brooks scored two of her goals in the first period and the United States grabbed a 4-3 edge heading into the second period.
Brooks remained hot in the second period, scoring two more goals as the Americans built a 7-4 halftime lead.
Russia scored the first two goals of the third period before a barrage of goals, from Barr, Neushul, Aria Fischer and Raney helped the U.S. rebuild its three-goal advantage after three periods.
Barr and Stephanie Mutafayan each scored in the first three minutes of the final period and rode that margin to the final horn.