USA wins junior opener, Cardinal wins water polo finale


Stanford incoming freshman Tyler Abramson scored three goals to help the United States' men's junior national water polo team down Russia, 12-9, to open the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on Sunday.

Johnny Hooper, who played with the senior team at the world championships in Budapest, led the Americans with six goals on seven shots. The U.S. scored on .632 of its shots.

Dylan Woodward

Reid Chase
Goalie Alexander Wolf recorded 10 saves for the Americans, who also received a goal from Cardinal sophomore Dylan Woodland.

Hooper opened the match by converting a penalty shot 19 seconds into the contest. Woodhead's goal gave Team USA a 4-2 advantage early in the second quarter.

Russia drew within 7-6 with 3:47 remaining in the third period. The U.S. responded with four straight goals to open an 11-6 edge with 4:51 left in the game.

The Americans were 2-of-7 on the power play while Russia was 3-of-16. Russia outshot the U.S., 25-19.

Team USA meets Greece on Monday in the preliminary round. Greece won its first two games and leads Group A.


At the Senior Nationals in Berkeley, Stanford grads Peter Sefton, Sage Wright and Paul Rudolph, also a Sacred Heart Prep grad, played for the Olympic Club, which won Group B by beating the Cardinal, 8-7, on Saturday. Rudolph scored for the Olympic Club.

The Cardinal won three straight after falling to the Olympic Club and essentially finished fourth in the nationals, out of nine teams.

The Cardinal finished the tournament with a 13-5 victory over Long Beach as Bennett Williams scored three times.

Cody Smith scored three times in the Cardinal's 17-8 victory over NYAC 'B' and Jackson Kimbell, Reid Chase, Connor Stapleton, Blake Parrish and Williams each added a pair of goals.

Parrish had three goals in the Cardinal's 10-6 win over Golden Bear in the first game Sunday. Chase and Harrison Enright each scored twice.

Stanford grad Wolf Wigo coached the Santa Barbara Premiere and Menlo School grad Tiago Bonchristiano got his first taste of collegiate action, making a pair of saves on three shots in a 9-6 loss to Newport Beach.

Alumni, featuring MVP Chay Lapin, formerly of the U.S. national team, clinched the tournament title with wins over group leaders NYAC 'A' and the Olympic Club.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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