Sacred Heart Prep grad Alex Tsotadze and U.S. teammate Nicholas Tierny each scored in the final minute of play to bring the United States men's junior national water polo team into a 10-10 draw with Brazil on first day of the UANA Junior Pan American Championship in Clearwater, Fla. on Tuesday.
Tsotadze and Tierny shared the team lead, each with three goals for the Americans, who play Argentina at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Argentina dropped a 7-5 decision to Puerto Rico on Tuesday.
The U.S. women's junior national team opens Junior Pan Am play on Wednesday with a game against Puerto Rico at 8:20 a.m.
Brazil scored the game's first two goals before Tsotadze got the Americans on the scoreboard with 1:19 left in the first period.
Tsotadze scored again, on a power-play goal, to make it 4-3 Brazil with 5:06 left in the second period. Tierny scored with 1:18 left to tie it but Brazil scored twice in the final 48 seconds to take a 6-4 edge into halftime.
Garrett Zaan scored late in the third period to bring the U.S. within 7-6 entering the fourth period.
The Americans never let Brazil get too far ahead though they never led in the contest. The Brazilians went up 10-8 with 1:06 remaining to play, setting up Tsotadze's and Tierny's heroics.