June 6, 2013
Beijing, China - June 6 - The USA Water Polo Women's Senior National Team took home the bronze medal from the 2013 FINA World League Super Final with a 10-9 victory over Hungary. Lolo Silver (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC), Annika Dries (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET), and Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) each scored twice in the win while Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC) posted eight saves in goal. Next up for Team USA will be the FINA World Championships starting in late July in Barcelona, Spain.
Hungary started off the match strong leading 4-1 after the first period and 5-3 at halftime. In the third the United States offense came to life, outscoring Hungary 5-1 to take an 8-6 lead headed to the fourth. Hungary outscored Team USA 3-2 in the final period but the damage had been done and the United States was able to come away winners at 10-9. The United States picked up the win despite going 1/7 on power plays while Hungary was 5/9.
"I'm pleased with the way we battled back after a poor start," said USA Head Coach Adam Krikorian. "Overall, we leave China with a ton of work to do when we return home."
USA 10 (1, 2, 5, 2) A. Dries 2, L. Silver 2, M. Steffens 2, K. Neushul 1, K. Rulon 1, K. Craig 1, C. Mathewson 1
HUN 9 (4, 1, 1, 3)
Saves - USA - B. Armstrong 8
6x5 - USA - 1/7 - HUN - 5/9