Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Edged By Croatia 6-5 In Westlake Village, CA

McQuin Baron piled up 16 saves in the loss to Croatia
June 13, 2017

Westlake Village, CA - June 13 - In front of an overflow crowd at Oaks Christian School the USA Men's National Team fell just short against Croatia, losing 6-5. The defeat marked the third straight loss to Croatia for Team USA with one game left to play in the series. The United States had five different players score goals while McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) was stellar in net posting 16 saves. The two teams meet on Wednesday night at Long Beach State at 7pm pt and live streaming is available at and live stats will be available at 

Croatia started off strongly opening up a 3-1 lead after the first quarter combined with a host of strong saves by Croatian keeper Ivan Marcelic. In the second quarter the United States rallied outscoring Croatia 2-1 on goals from Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/Shore Aquatics). 

Leading 4-3 at halftime, Croatia added a goal from Antonio Petkovic with 4:49 to play in the third to go ahead 5-3. Thomas Dunstan (New Canaan, CT/USC/Regency) followed with a goal to make it 5-4 and Baron blocked a penalty try not long after to keep the margin at one goal going to the fourth. 

Loren Fatovic scored one his two goals on the day midway through the fourth to put Croatia back in front by two at 6-4. Physical play boiled over moments later as Ivan Krapic butted heads with Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/NYAC). Ramirez left the match with a laceration above his right eye while Krapic was given a brutality penalty and sent from the match. 

Team USA was awarded a penalty shot, but Bowen's attempt was blocked by Marcelic. The United States was also awarded a four minute exclusion which covered the remainder of regulation. Nolan McConnell (Laguna Beach, CA/Long Beach State/SET) followed with a goal on a deflection with 1:21 to play in the fourth. Team USA woud get no closer after that, failing to convert on their final possession as Croatia one by one goal.

The United States struggled on the advantage going 1/6 on power plays and 0/1 on penalties while Croatia was 3/7 on power plays and 0/1 on penalty shots. 

USA 5 (1, 2, 1, 1) A. Bowen 1, N. Carniglia 1, N. McConnell 1, T. Dunstan 1, M. Irving 1
CRO 6 (3, 1, 1, 1) L. Fatovic 2, A. Petkovic 1, A. Vukeievic 1, A. Setka 1, J. Garcia 1
Saves - USA - M. Baron 16 - CRO - I. Marcelic 14
6x5 - USA - 1/6 - CRO - 3/7
Penalties - USA 0/1 - CRO 0/1




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