In addition, Maggie Steffens scored three times Annika Dries scored twice as Team USA picked up its eighth Super Final gold medal in 11 opportunities. Team USA finished the tournament 6-0. After topping Russia in a shootout the United States went on to beat Canada, Spain, Brazil, Australia, and Italy with no match closer than two goals.
Italy began with a strong start in this match taking a 2-1 lead after the first quarter before the United States was able to rebound with three goals in the second period to even the match at 4-4 at halftime. The tide changed in the third period when Team USA blanked the Italians 4-0 to take a commanding 8-4 lead going into the fourth quarter. Italy looked to rally in the final eight minutes scoring four goals of their own but the United States had the answer with two additional goals to pick up the 10-8 victory.
The United States went three for nine on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Italy was four for eight on power plays and made one of two penalty attempts. USA center Kami Craig left the game early with a laceration on her hand.
"Our youth showed in the beginning but we settled down and played much better in the second and third quarter. Losing Kami early in the game was unfortunate but I was very pleased to see how we handled the adversity," said USA Head Coach Adam Krikorian. "All together, I'm very happy with our defensive effort. We were very consistent over the six games, and the group has grown tremendously in the short amount of time we've been together."Story by Greg Mescall, USA Water Polo
USA 10 (1, 3 4, 2) M. Steffens 3, A. Dries 2, R. Fattal 2, K. Gilchrist 1, M. Seidemann 1, K. Neushul 1
ITA 8 (2, 2, 0, 4)
Saves - USA - S. Hill 7
6x5 - USA 3/9 - ITA 4/8
Penalties - USA 0/0 – ITA 1/2