Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Finish Croatia Series With 7-5 Victory In Long Beach


Thomas Dunstan scored three goals in the win over Croatia
June 14, 2017

Long Beach, CA - June 14 - The USA Men's National Team saved their best for last, defeating Croatia 7-5 to conclude a four game series that saw three victories from the visitors. Thomas Dunstan (New Canaan, CT/USC/Regency) scored three goals to pace the USA attack while Drew Holland (Orinda, CA/Stanford/Lamorinda) and Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) split time in net with 10 combined saves. Next up for Team USA is the FINA World League Super Final starting next week in Russia. A full replay of this match is available at Facebook.com/USAWP

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead in front of a sold out crowd at the Ken Lindgren Aquatics Center as Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored first. Croatia returned fire with a goal only to see Dunstan respond with his first tally for a 2-1 lead after the first. Loren Fatovic tied the game for Croatia in the second before Bowen came back with another score to give Team USA a 3-2 lead at halftime. 

The two went back and forth in the third once more with Croatia tying the game at 3-3 followed by Team USA scoring twice in the final two minutes. Dunstan hit again and then Nic Carniglia (Lodi, CA/California/Cal Bears WP) broke free for a score and a 5-3 advantage going to the fourth. The two teams traded goals in the fourth quarter but the United States never relinquished the lead. With 1:56 to go in the fourth Dunstan put the game away with his third and final goal to give the United States a 7-5 lead. 

Team USA went 3/10 on power plays while Croatia was 2/10 with neither side attempting a penalty shot. 

Scoring
USA 7 (2, 1, 2, 2) T. Dunstan 3, A. Bowen 2, N. Carniglia 1, M. Irving 1
CRO 5 (1, 1, 1, 2) A. Vukicevic 2, L. Loncar 1, F. Lazic 1, L. Fatovic 1
Saves - USA - A. Wolf 6, D. Holland 4 - CRO - M. Bijac 4, I. Marcelic 1
6x5 - USA - 3/10 - CRO 2/10
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - CRO 0/0

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