Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Pick Up First Win At FINA World Championships with 16-3 Defeat Of South Africa

John Mann scored a game high five goals in the win over South Africa

July 24, 2013

Barcelona, Spain - July 24 - The USA Men's National Team picked up their first victory at the FINA World Championships with a convincing 16-3 victory over South Africa earlier today. John Mann (Newport Beach, CA/California/NYAC) paced the offensive attack with five goals while Andy Stevens (Villa Park, CA/LMU/NYAC) went the distance in net, turning aside eight shots. Team USA now moves to 1-1 in group play with Canada remaining on Friday evening to close out preliminary play. Today's match will air on delay on Universal Sports at 6pm et/3pm pt. USA matches stream live on

Team USA got off to a blazing start on the offensive end building a 4-0 lead in the first period. Alex Bowen (Santee, CA/Stanford/Stanford) connected from the outside less than thirty seconds into the match for a 1-0 lead. Mann followed moments later with two straight goals, the latter coming on a power play, for a 3-0 lead. Janson Wigo (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Stanford/NYAC) closed out the scoring in the first period with a power play strike from the perimiter for a 4-0 lead.

Mann posted his third goal on the first possession of the second period as he got free on the counter attack for a 5-0 lead. South Africa broke through with their first goal a minute later to draw within 5-1. The United States responded in a hurry rattling off seven straight goals in a run that spanned the end of the second period and start of the third. Tim Hutten (Seal Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/NWPF) hit on player advantage goal on nifty pass from Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) for a 6-1 lead. Three minutes later JW Krumpholz (Santa Ana, CA/USC/NYAC) worked free inside for a goal. With less than a minute left, Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA/Rose Bowl) and Wigo hit for goals and the United States went ahead 9-1 at halftime.

The onslaught continued in the third period with Mann scoring from the inside followed by two straight Azevedo goals to grab a 12-1 lead with 5:02 remaining. South Africa halted the run with two straight goals, drawing to within 12-3. All that did was reignite the USA offense as again with less than a minute to play two more goals were scored for the red, white, and blue. Ramirez tallied his second of the day and Bowen found the cage on the counter attack for a 14-3 lead after three periods.

In the fourth, with the outcome decided, neither side could find the cage until late in the period. With the USA defense blanking South Africa, the USA offense added two more goals with less than two minutes to play. Mann got loose inside for his fifth goal and Bowen added another power play strike for a 16-3 lead.

Team USA went 2/7 on power plays while South Africa was 0/2. Neither side attempted a penalty shot. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 16 (4, 5, 5, 2) J. Mann 5, A. Bowen 3, T. Azevedo 2, C. Ramirez 2, J. Wigo 2, J. Krumpholz 1, T. Hutten 1
RSA 3 (0, 1, 2, 0)
Saves - USA - A. Stevens 8
6x5 - USA 2/7 - RSA - 0/2
Penalties - USA 0/0 - RSA - 0/0

Flash Quotes

"We are not afraid of anyone, for sure we are not in the favorite group but if someone was to beat us they must put in 120 percent effort. This is our goal. Our main goal is qualification for the Olympic Games in Rio, this is our target." Dejan Udovicic, USA Men's Head Coach

"We go into every game approaching every team the same way, we expect to play good defense. We expect to execute and not turn the ball over on offense. We had a couple of miscues that resulted in goals but overall I think we did a better job in controlling the ball, playing team defense and helping each other. That's what we try and do each game." John Mann, USA Center  




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