Neushul's hat trick helps U.S. women top Russia in water polo


Stanford grad Kiely Neushul recorded a hat trick and Maddie Musselman added three goals as the United States women's water polo team thumped Russia, 15-7, Sunday at UCLA as part of the Send-off to Rio series.

The two teams meet one final time, Wednesday night at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center, in match that has sold out. The teams travel to Rio afterward.

Kiley Neushul/USA water polo
Stanford incoming freshman Mackenzie Fischer scored the game's first goal, though Russia opened a 2-1 lead before the Americans rallied.

Cardinal grad Melissa Seidemann, who drew two exclusions for the Americans, scored to make it 6-2 in the second period.

The U.S. outscored the Russians, 10-1, after falling behind early. Neushul scored twice in the second period and then added a third goal in the third period.

Menlo Park resident and Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark also scored. Musselman's goal in the final 30 seconds of the third period was assisted by Stanford senior Maggie Steffens, who recorded three assists and drew two exclusions.

The U.S. went 6-of-9 on the power play and converted both penalty shots. Russia was 1-of-6 on the power play and 1-of-1 on penalty shots.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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