Steffens leads U.S. women to water polo win over Hungary


Stanford senior Maggie Steffens scored three times and the U.S. Olympic women's water polo team completed a three-game sweep of Hungary on its East Coast swing, recording a 10-7 victory Saturday at Fordham University's Messmore Aquatic Center.

Princeton's Ashleigh Johnson posted eight saves in net while Menlo Park resident KK Clark and Stanford grad Kiley Neushul each added a goal.

Maggie Steffens
Hungary started strong in this match, taking the lead in the opening minutes on the first of two goals from Rita Keszthelyi with 6:17 to play in the first quarter.

Steffens responded soon after to even the match.

Hungary went up 2-1 only to have Clark answer with a score at the 3:17 mark to tie the game after one quarter.

Neushul and Steffens scored to spark a 3-0 run to help the Americans take the lead for good.

Steffens came out firing in the third quarter with her third goal of the day followed by a tally from Courtney Mathewson for a 6-3 advantage with 5:12 to play in the period.

Hungary scored three of the next five goals to keep pace, drawing within 8-6 going into the final eight minutes.

The United States closed the game in strong fashion starting with a Maddie Musselman power play strike with 6:36 left in the match leaving Team USA up 9-6.

After Hungary's Dora Antal scored to make it 9-7, Kami Craig put a cap on the match with a goal from in close for a 10-7 advantage with 2:31 to play.

Team USA went 3-of-11 on power plays and 2-of-2 on penalty shots while Hungary went 1-of-8 on power plays and 1-1 on penalty shots.

Team USA opens a three-game series with Russia starting July 21 at Cathedral Catholic. The series ends with a match at Stanford on July 27.

— USA water polo


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