Mens Water Polo

United States 9, Italy 8

Date of competition: Monday, July 20, 2009

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It was almost an all-Stanford scoring effort as the U.S. Men's Senior National water polo team battled its way to a 9-8 victory over Italy on Monday at the opening day of competition at the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy.

Stanford grads and 2008 Olympians Tony Azevedo (four), Layne Beaubein (three) and Peter Varellas (one) accounted for eight of the USA's nine goals in the victory over the Italians, who have fallen to the U.S. in most of the recent major tournaments -- including the FINA World League Super Final in June and the Olympic Games in 2008.

Italy had a raucous crowd on its side, but the United States came through time and again to preserve the triumph while advancing to Round 2 on Wednesday against Macedonia, a 6-4 loser to Romania earlier Monday.

Beaubien made it a 7-6 game as the beneficiary of some solid passing. A minute later and with the shot clock winding down, Beaubien unloaded another solid shot, this one skipping its way into the cage for an 8-6 lead. Italy hung around to find the net with 2:36 remaining for an 8-7 game. The eventual winning goal came at the 1:23 mark when Azevedo, on a man advantage, scored from outside off a solid pass to put the lead back up at 9-7.

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