Men’s Water Polo Medals for first time since 1993 with Bronze victory over Serbia

Men’s Water Polo Medals for first time since 1993 with Bronze victory over Serbia

Courtesy UCLA Athletics

GWANGJU, South Korea -July 13, 2015- Team USA (6-2) won its first medal of any kind at the World University Games since winning gold in 1993 with a thrilling 5-4 victory over Serbia (3-1-4) in the bronze medal match of the 2015 World University Games on July 14 at the Yeomju Indoor Aquatics Center.

Maxwell Irving scored a game-high two goals, including the game-winner at the 5:40 mark of the fourth period.

After both teams put forth a strong defensive effort, holding each other scoreless in the first period, Serbia’s Nemanja Vico scored a goal at two meters for a 1-0 lead at the 7:07 mark of the second. Then Ryder Roberts got a steal and scored off a Kent Inoue assist on a 6-on-5 opportunity to tie it at 1-1 (5:45). Anthony Daboub then set up Jack Fellner as Team USA took a 2-1 lead (4:58). Chancellor Ramirez continued the great passing for the Americans, setting up a goal by Austin Rone as the lead was extended to 3-1 (1:49). Roberts then picked up an assist on a goal by Irving (1:04) to end the scoring in the first half with the U.S. leading 4-1.

Mateja Asanovic snapped Team USA’s four consecutive goals with a score from the front court to make it 4-2 at the 7:12 mark of the third period. Vico scored another goal from two meters to cut the lead to 4-3 (5:10) to end the scoring in the third.

Irving scored his second and the ultimate game-winner off another assist by Roberts to stop Serbia’s momentum to push the lead to 5-3 with 5:40 remaining in the match. Drasko Gogov scored on a power play for Serbia to cut the lead to 5-4 with 0:52 to go. After Matt Farmer‘s shot at two meters missed, the Americans got a huge steal from goalie Alex Wolf, that capped his stellar play all match long.

Wolf had a tournament-high 15 saves, stopping 15-of-19 shots by Serbia (79.0%). Serbia’s goalkeeper, Lazar Dobozanov, was credited with stopping 12 of America’s 17 shots (70.6%).

The United States was again let down by its power play offense, scoring on just 1-of-4 opportunities. But that was better than Serbia’s execution, which was just 1-for-6. Neither team attempted a penalty shot.

USA vs. Serbia (World University Games – Bronze Medal Match)

 

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Serbia Goals: Nemanja Vico 2, Mateja Asanovic 1, Drasko Gogov 1
Serbia Saves: Lazar Dobozanov 12

USA Goals: Maxwell Irving 2, Ryder Roberts 1, Jack Fellner 1, Austin Rone 1
USA Saves: Alex Wolf 15

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