Americans reach Elite Eight at Junior World championships


The USA men's junior national water polo team advanced to the final eight at the FINA Junior World Championships in Belgrade following its 14-4 win over Canada on Thursday. Johnny Hooper scored four goals and Alex Wolf recorded 10 saves in the victory.

Stanford incoming freshman Tyler Abramson scored twice for Team USA, which meets Croatia in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Dylan Woodhead
Team USA took control early, opening a 4-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to goals from Ash Molthen, Abramson and two from Hannes Daube. Canada struck late in the period to get on the board but the United States held a 4-1 lead after eight minutes.

Daube scored to open the second quarter and Canada answered moments later for a 5-2 game with 6:03 left in the first half. Hooper and Jacob Cavano returned fire with consecutive goals and Team USA's lead ballooned to 7-2 at halftime.

The United States put the match away in the third quarter, outscoring Canada 3-0, behind goals from Quinten Osborne, Abramson and Cardinal sophomore Dylan Woodhead.

Hooper started the scoring in the fourth quarter to put Team USA ahead 11-2 with 6:32 to play in the match. Canada scored two of the next three goals to make it 12-4 with 1:44 to play but Hooper finished things off strong with two straight goals to make it a final score of 14-4.

Team USA went 4-of-11 on power plays and converted a penalty shot while Canada went 3-of-6 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot.

Serbia is the defending junior world champion. The U.S. finished seventh.

— USA Water Polo

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