Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Fall To Croatia 12-10 In First Match Of Four Game Series


Alex Bowen scored five goals in the loss to Croatia
June 9, 2017

Riverside, CA - June 9 - Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored five goals and McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) added seven saves in net but it wasn't enough to outlast Croatia in a high scoring affair tonight in Riverside, CA. Team USA dropped a 12-10 decision in the first match of a four game set. Team USA returns to action on Sunday when they meet Croatia at Stanford University at 3:30pm pt. The match will be the final game for longtime team captain Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC). Tickets for the match are on sale and can be purchased here. The match will also be streamed LIVE at Facebook.com/USAWP. 

Croatia went ahead 3-1 in the first quarter on a score from Andro Buslje but Team USA responded with two straight goals to tie the game at 3-3 after the first quarter. The last tally came from Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Newport) with six seconds left in the period. Bowen scored goals at the 3:46 and 1:02 mark of the second quarter, each time giving Team USA a one goal lead but the advantage was short lived. 

Cupido put Team USA ahead 7-6 early in the third quarter but after that Croatia took over building a three goal lead at 11-8 on an Ante Vukicevic goal with 57 seconds left in the period. Croatia would keep the lead at three throughout the majority of the fourth quarter. A Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier) goal with time running out brought the deficit to two goals but did not factor in the outcome. 

Team USA went 3/9 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty while Croatia went 5/8 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots. 

Scoring
USA 10 (3, 3, 3, 1) A. Bowen 5, L. Cupido 2, T. Dunstan 1, C. Ramirez 1, J. Hooper 1
CRO 12 (3, 3, 5, 1) A. Buslje 3, A. Vukicevic 3, I. Krapic 2, M. Jokovic 2, J. Garcia 1, L. Loncar 1
Saves - USA - M. Baron 7 - CRO - M. Bijac 6, I. Marcelic 1
6x5 - USA - 3/9 - CRO - 5/8
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - CRO 1/1

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