USA men lose close water polo contest at Junior Worlds


The USA men's junior national water polo team will play for seventh place at the FINA Junior World Championship in Belgrade, Serbia after dropping a 12-10 match to Montenegro on Saturday.

Quentin Osborne scored three goals to lead the U.S. offense and Alex Wolf stopped 14 shots. Team USA will take on Italy on Sunday.

Alex Wolf
Hannes Daube started the scoring for Team USA going ahead 1-0 a little over a minute into the match. The teams proceeded to alternate scoring goals over the rest of the period with Jake Ehrhardt and Osborne scoring to leave the match tied at 3-3 after the first quarter.

Montenegro took their first lead just two minutes into the second period but the United States tied it up a minute later on a Tyler Abramson goal with 5:03 left in the first half. Montenegro started to pull away after, scoring five of the next seven goals to go up 9-6 with one second left in the first half.

Daube scored to open the third period to make it 9-7 but Montenegro added two of the next three goals for an 11-8 lead going to the fourth.

Team USA started to rally in the fourth quarter as Osborne connected for his third goal of the match to make it 11-9. Johnny Hooper scored on the very next possession for Team USA for an 11-10 game with seven minutes to play.

Neither side would find the back of the net for the following five minutes until Montenegro added their first goal of the period for a 12-10 advantage with 2:17 to go in the match. Team USA would get no closer as Montenegro hung on for the two goal win.

Team USA went 3-of-11 on power plays and while Montenegro went 4-of-10 on power plays.

— USA Water Polo


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