Men's Junior National Team

USA Junior Men Rebound With 18-7 Win Over Puerto Rico At Junior World Championships


Aug. 8, 2017

Belgrade, Serbia - August 8 - The USA Men's Junior National Team moved to 2-1 at the FINA Junior World Championships after defeating Puerto Rico 18-7 earlier today. Tyler Abramson powered the offense with a game high six goals with Alex Wolf and Sam Murphy combining for 10 saves in net. The match streamed live on the Water Polo Serbia Facebook page and can be viewed on demand by clicking here. Team USA closes out group play on Wednesday when they meet Iran at 4:20am et/1:20am pt. The match will stream live and is available by clicking here. For more information on the tournament, click here

Team USA took charge early a day after a one goal loss to Greece by jumping out a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Goals from Quinten Osborne, Hannes Daube, Jacob Cavano and Abramson fueled the start. Puerto Rico's offense came to life to start the second quarter as they scored the first two goals to make it a 4-2 game with 4:54 left in the first half. The United States answered with three straight goals, two from Ash Molthen, to build a 7-2 lead. Cavano added another goal with less than a minute to play and Team took an 8-3 advantage into halftime.

The two sides traded goals throughout the third period each finding the back of the net three times. Johnny Hooper scored two of the goals for the United States and they maintained a five goals advantage at 11-6 with play moving to the fourth quarter. Team USA silenced any thoughts of a comeback from Puerto Rico in the fourth exploding for seven straight goals to put the match out of reach. By the time the dust settled the United States held an 18-6 lead with 2:38 to go in the game. Abramson started and finished that barrage of goals and added one more in the middle on the way to securing the victory.

The United States went 5/7 on the power play and did not attempt a penalty while Puerto Rico went 2/11 on the power play and 1/1 on penalty shots.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA  18 (4, 4, 3, 7) T. Abramson 6, J. Hooper 2, H. Daube 2, J. Cavano 2, A. Molthen 2, Q. Osborne 2, D. Woodhead 1, N. Bisconti 1
PUR 7 (0, 3, 3, 1)
Saves - USA - A. Wolf 8, S. Murphy 2
6x5 - USA - 5/7 - PUR - 2/11
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - PUR - 1/1

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