Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Fall To Croatia 10-7, Will Play For 7th Place At FINA World League Super Final


Max Irving scored twice in the loss to Croatia
Max Irving scored twice in the loss to Croatia
June 22, 2018

Budapest, Hungary - June 22 - The USA Men's National Team dropped their second straight match at the FINA World League Super Final, falling to Croatia 10-7. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/NYAC), Max Irving (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/LA Premier) and Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Olympic Club) all scored two goals in the loss. Alex Wolf (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Bruin) added 11 saves in net. Team USA returns to action on Saturday in the seventh place match where they will meet Kazakhstan at 9:15am et/6:15am pt. The match will stream LIVE on FINA TV, click here to watch (subscription required). Click here to watch a replay of the USA-Croatia match. For more information on the FINA World League Super Final, click here. 

Just two days after Team USA defeated Croatia 11-10, the two met back up once and things were close after one quarter with Croatia holding a 3-2 lead. Team USA held Croatia scoreless in the second as they tied the game at 3-3 going into halftime. The third quarter proved to be the difference maker as Croatia built a three goal lead at 6-3. Irving helped Team USA chip away with a goal with 1:25 to play in the third making it a 6-4 game going to the fourth. 

Croatia went ahead 8-5 with a little more than five minutes to play in the fourth when Irving hit again to make it 8-6. Croatia rebuilt their three-goal lead but then Cupido connected for a power play score with 2:49 to go in the game making it 9-7. Things would get no closer as Croatia added another goal to secure the three goal win.

Frustration mounted late in the match with Croatia Head Coach Ivica Tucak and Team USA Assistant Coach Alex Rodriguez both receiving red cards. Neither will be allowed to coach in tomorrow's final contests. Team USA went 4/10 on power plays while Croatia was 3/13 with no penalty shots attempted on either side. 

Scoring
USA - 7 (2, 1, 1, 3) L. Cupido 2, A. Bowen 2, M. Irving 2, B. Hallock 1
CRO - 10 (3, 0, 3, 4) L. Milos 2, J. Garcia 2, A. Setka 1, J. Vrlic 1, A. Buslje 1, I. Buljubasic 1, H. Benic 1, I. Krapic 1
Saves - USA - A. Wolf 11 - CRO - I. Marcelic 8
6x5 - USA - 4/10 - CRO - 3/13 

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