Aug. 21, 2007
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - UCLA sophomore goalkeeper Chay Lapin made 18 stops to lead the U.S. Junior National Team past Croatia, 11-6, Monday evening in the FINA Junior World Men's Water Polo Championships at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, Calif.
"It finally gives us confidence, just because we are USA and we are usually the underdogs," Lapin said. "I came off a hard game and [tonight] I felt really focused and my defense helped."
With the win over Croatia, Team USA improved to 3-0 in pool play. The U.S. Junior National Team takes on Puerto Rico on Tuesday and France on Wednesday - both games slated to begin at 7 p.m. in Los Alamitos.
Lapin is competing for the U.S. Junior National Team along with current Bruin teammate Scott Davidson, a sophomore attacker from Seal Beach, Calif. Both Lapin and Davidson spent two weeks training with the junior national team in Europe over the summer. Lapin was named the outstanding goalkeeper of the Tatras Cup in Slovakia after recording 15 saves in the final match.