Stanford sophomore Tyler Abramson scored five goals, including the game-winner with 51 seconds remaining to play, as the United States men’s college national water polo team beat Croatia, 12-11, in the quarterfinals of the World University Games on Wednesday in Naples, Italy.
Cardinal junior Bennett Williams added three goals for the Americans.
Abramson scored the tying goal on a power play midway through the fourth period as the U.S. rallied from two goals down.
Williams scored earlier in the final quarter to make it 11-10. Croatia held a 10-8 lead early in the final period.
The U.S. will meet Hungary in Saturday’s semifinal match.
In track and field, Menlo School grad Maddy Price, representing Canada, finished sixth in the finals of the women's 400 meters, racing 52.08. She entered with the eighth fastest qualifying time out of the semifinals.
In women’s water polo, incoming Stanford freshman Floranne Carroll recorded a goal and an assist as Canada defeated the U.S. 10-9 on penalty shots in the quarterfinals. The Canadians meet Italy in Friday’s semifinal.
In women’s tennis, Stanford junior Emily Arbuthnott and teammate Holly Hutchinson, representing Great Britain, dropped a 2-1 decision to a team from Hong Kong in the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament.
Arbuthnott remains alive in the singles tournament and will play Japan’s Kanako Morisaki in Thursday’s quarterfinal. USA’s Helen Altick, from UCLA, also plays in the quarterfinals.
In women’s volleyball, Stanford senior Audriana Fitzmorris recorded 13 points, 11 on kills, and the United States beat Argentina 26-28, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 and will play Switzerland for ninth place on Thursday.
All four sets saw at least one lead change and tie score, and there were 16 ties alone in the first set. That one went to Argentina in extra points, but the U.S. claimed the second and the third by taking permanent leads near the middle of each frame.
The fourth was also a back-and-forth contest, one with 16 ties and six lead changes. In fact, that set was tied at 22 before the U.S. won the next three points to clinch the match.
Fitzmorris also recorded a hitting percentage of .556 while Stanford junior Meghan McClure added to the passing game. McClure received 24 serves without a fault.
“Really nice job in serve receive by Meghan McClure, Adanna Rollins and Lauren Barnes to keep us in a lot of rallies,” U.S. coach Keegan Cook said. “A lot of hitters took a lot of good swings; we got a lot of help from a lot of different people. It was nice to see a balanced offense again.”