Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Defeated By Japan 15-7 In Second Match At FINA World Championships


Thomas Dunstan scored twice in the loss to Japan
July 19, 2017

Budapest, Hungary - July 19 - The USA Men's National Team dropped their second straight match at the FINA World Championships losing to Japan 15-7 earlier today. Ben Hallock (Westlake Village, CA/Stanford/LA Premier) and Thomas Dunstan (New Canaan, CT/USC/Regency) each scored two goals in the loss while McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) recorded 12 saves in net. Team USA returns to play on Friday against Russia at 6:10am et/3:10am pt. The game will stream live on Olympic Channel by clicking here and air on delay at 3pm et/12pm pt. 

Team USA started off strong going up early on a goal from Johnny Hooper (Los Angeles, CA/California/LA Premier) to go ahead 1-0. After Japan tied the game with 4:20 to play in the quarter Hallock returned fire with a goal with just two seconds left in the period to secure a 2-1 lead after the first. 

Seiya Adachi started the offensive outburst for Japan in the second scoring the first two goals of his seven on the night to give Japan a 3-2 lead. Luca Cupido (Santa Margherita, Italy/California/Newport) came back with a score to tie the game at 3-3 with 6:17 left in the first half and Dunstan followed with a goal to put Team USA in front 4-3. Japan had the last word in the half running off three straight goals before the break to take a 6-4 lead at halftime. 

Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/NYAC) scored in the opening minute of the third to bring Team USA within one at 6-5 but would get no closer. Japan kicked their offense into high gear scoring four of the next five goals in the third to go ahead 10-6 going to the fourth. 

Team USA looked to rally to start the fourth as Hallock scored to make it 10-7 just thirty seconds into the period. From there Japan took control scoring five unanswered goals including two from Adachi for a 15-7 win. 

The United States went 2/9 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot while Japan went 3/7 on power plays and 2/2 on penalty shots. 

For complete World Championships results, click here.

Flash Quotes

Alex Roelse, USA Men's National Team

"In this game we were just unable to complete the things we were aiming for. I definiltey don't think this is a true representation of how strong our team can be. I really hope that we can learn from the mistakes we made today and really apply them and come out with the right fire and intensity and attitude in this next game."

Dejan Udovicic, USA Men's National Team Head Coach

On the loss to Japan:

"It was the same thing that happened after 1-1 against Croatia, it was so many things. Mistakes at this level (that) we can't accept. We did so many things that were the opposite of what we said we should do and the result is because of that."

On Russia next:

"We are going to fight until the end."

Scoring
USA 7 (2, 2, 2, 1) B. Hallock 2, T. Dunstan 2, C. Ramirez 1, L. Cupido 1, J. Hooper 1
JPN 15 (1, 5, 4, 5) S. Adachi 7, M. Shiga 2, Y. Shimizu 2, T. Yoshida 1, A. Arai 1, K. Okawa 1, K. Araki 1
Saves - USA - M. Baron 12 - JPN - K. Tanamura 11
6x5 - USA - 2/9 - JPN 3/7
Penalties - USA 0/0 - JPN 2/2

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