Stanford grad helps U.S. beat Canada in FINA water polo


Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann scored three times to help the United States women's senior national water polo team beat Canada, 11-8, Wednesday on the second day of the FINA World League Super Final in Shanghai, China.

Sami Hill celebrated her birthday in net with 12 saves for the Americans, who complete pool play on Thursday with a match against Spain, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists.

"It seems we lost interest in playing the game," USA coach Adam Krikorian said. "Hopefully we will come out a bit sharper against Spain."

Team USA opened up a 4-2 lead after the first period and built an 8-5 lead at intermission. In the third quarter Canada outscored Team USA 2-1 to close within two goals at 9-7 going to the fourth. In the final eight minutes the United States was able to turn the tables outscoring Canada 2-1 to pull away for the 11-8 win.

"We'll take 11 goals every game," Krikorian said. "That meant our offense was OK. But our defense had some problems. We are concerned about how we played. We need to improve our defense.

The United States went 2-of-6 on power plays while Canada was 1-of-7 on power plays with neither side attempting a penalty shot.

Maddie Musselman and Courtney Mathewson each added a pair of goals while Stanford's Maggie Steffens and Mackenzie Fischer each added one.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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