Stanford grads Tony Azevedo and Bret Bonanni each scored twice and the United States men's Olympic water polo team completed play at the Rio Olympics with a 10-7 victory over Italy on Sunday.
Azevedo, Jesse Smith and Merrill Moses likely played their final game for the U.S.
Bret Bonanni.Photo by Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos
Alex Bowen. Photo by Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos
Italy started strong in the first quarter going up on goals from Francesco di Fulvio and Pietro Figlioli. Azevedo got the United States on the board on the next possession and Josh Samuels tied the match with 1:31 to play in the quarter.
The Italians closed strong adding two more goals in the final 56 seconds to lead 4-2 after the opening period.
Team USA started to chip away at the deficit in the second quarter on a Bret Bonanni goal with 6:13 to play. Luca Cupido followed with a power play goal with 3:51 left in the first half to tie the game at 4-4.
After Italy went ahead 5-4, Thomas Dunstan connected to tie the game again, this time at 5-5, with 1:59 to play in the half. Italy again found last second magic, scoring with four seconds to play in the quarter on a tally from Michael Bodegas to lead 6-5.
Alex Obert came up big in the third quarter scoring with 6:47 to play to tie the game at 6-6. After Italy went back in front, Samuels scored his second goal for a 7-7 game with 4:14 to play. The period ended the way it started with the ball back in Obert's hand as he powered home a shot with just 15 seconds to play to give the United States their first lead at 8-7.
From there it was all Team USA. In the fourth they held Italy scoreless while the offense did the rest. Azevedo, the five-time Olympian and team captain, buried a shot to go up 9-7 with 5:57 to play. Then Bonanni put the game away with a goal with 2:41 to go in the match sending the United States out of Rio with a 10-7 win.
"It was good we finished strong," Azevedo said. “We had a couple of guys who hadn't scored a goal all tournament and they finally did. We came out and we played together and we came out with a win. Unfortunately we aren't where we wanted to be, but when you are in the Olympic Games you are representing your country and you are representing a lot more than your individual self."
Team USA went 4-of-6 on the power player and missed its lone penalty shot, while Italy was was 2-of-6 and did not attempt a penalty shot.
Stanford grad Mariya Koroleva, with teammate Anita Alvarez, placed ninth in the preliminary round of
the duets free routine on Sunday at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center.
The American duo scored 86.4333, while the Russian pair of Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romanshina topped the leaderboard with a 98.0667.
Koroleva and Alvaraez compete in the duets technical routine on Monday.
Stanford grad Lucy Davis opened competition in the qualifier for mixed jumping team on Sunday. Riding on Barron, she helped the Americans to an eighth-place finish among the 15 teams in competition.
Her teammates were Kent Farrington (Voyeur), McLain Ward (Azur) and Elizabeth Madden (Cortes'c').
Brazil and Germany topped the competition.
Davis and her teammates are scheduled to compete in the first round of team jumping on Tuesday at the Olympic Equestrian Center.