Azevedo's lob shot lifts U.S. men to water polo victory


Thomas Dunstan scored the tying goal and Stanford grad Tony Azevedo scored the go-ahead goal, both in the final two minutes, to help the United States men's Olympic water polo team beat Montenegro, 10-9, in an exhibition match at the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium on Saturday.

The match was the Americans (16-3) final game on home soil before opening the Olympics against Croatia next Saturday.

Tony Azevedo. Photo by Kelley L Cox/KLC fotos
Azevedo scored three times, matching Cal's Luca Cupido for team lead. Cardinal grad Bret Bonanni added a pair of scores.

The United States is coming off a silver medal at the 2016 FINA World League Super Final, their best finish at a major FINA competition since winning silver at the 2008 Olympic Games.

McQuin Baron, who played the second half in the goal in place of Merrill Moses, made a key save in the final 22 seconds with Montenegro on a power play.

Team USA went 4-of-11 on power plays while Montenegro was 6-of-14, with neither side attempting a penalty.

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