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Four Bruins Help Team USA Defeat Canada, 11-6
By: USA Water Polo

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The USA Men's Senior National Team opened the FINA World Cup Qualification with an 11-6 victory over Canada earlier today at the Santa Ana YMCA. The victory puts Team USA ahead 1-0 in the best of three series with the second game set for tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. (PT).

There are four Bruins on the squad and three of them combined for five of Team USA's 11 goals. The United States used a balanced attack including two goals apiece from Bruins Josh Samuels (Villa Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC) and Danny McClintick (Agoura Hills, CA/UCLA/Bruin). Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) also knotched two goals to lead the USA offense. Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/LMU/NYAC) went the distance in net to secure the victory.

The match was close in the first period with each side trading goals. McClintick, Bowen, and Samuels all scored and after one quarter the game was even at 3-3.

The second period saw the United States use their center game with UCLA's Lucas Reynolds (Newport Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) and Alex Obert (Stockton, CA/Pacific/Sac Polo) each scoring in close to build a 5-4 lead at halftime.

Team USA kept up the attack in the third period, holding a two goal lead to start the period and to finish it. Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/) scored with just 26 seconds left to build an 8-6 lead going to the fourth.

The United States blew the game open in the fourth, scoring three straight goals while keeping Canada scoreless. Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) scored on a power play, John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) hit on a counter attack, and Samuels finished things off with his second goal to provide the 11-6 final.

The fourth Bruin on Team USA is defender Chris Wendt.

The United States went 6-for-8 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot while Canada was 2-for-11 on power plays and 1-for-1 on penalty shots.

For complete FINA World Cup qualification schedule and results, click here. Admission to all matches at the qualification is free.

Canada vs. USA

  1 2 3 4 F
Canada 3 1 2 1 6
USA 3 2 3 3 11

USA Goals: Danny McClintick 2, Josh Samuels 2, Alex Bowen 2, Lucas Reynolds, Alex Obert, Jackson Kimbell, Bret Bonanni, John Mann 

 

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Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
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San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
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San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
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San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
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Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
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Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
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Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
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Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
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Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
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Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
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Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
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Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
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Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
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Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
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San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
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Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
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Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
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