Men's Senior National Team

USA Men Claim Ninth Place At World University Games With 18-8 Win Over Canada


Aug. 29, 2017

Taipei, Taiwan - August 29 - The USA Men's National Team finished play at the World University Games, claiming ninth place after an 18-8 win over Canada. Ben Stevenson (Reno, NV/Pacific) scored five goals in the victory with Chris Whitelegge (Costa Mesa, CA/Coastline CC) adding six saves. Team USA finishes play at the World University Games at 4-2-1, winning their last three matches in a row. For more information on the tournament visit 2017.taipei

Canada took an early lead going up 1-0 before the United States responded with three straight goals from Chancellor Ramirez (Pasadena, CA/UCLA), Stevenson and Alex Obert (Loomis, CA/Pacific) for a 3-1 lead with 1:48 left in the period. Canada followed with a score but Stevenson had the last word on a power play goal with 44 seconds left in the period for a 4-2 lead after one.

In the second quarter the two teams traded goals to start, before the United States ran off four straight unanswered for a 9-3 lead at halftime. Stevenson scored the first two in that run and Nic Carnigila (Lodi, CA/California) scored the last two to build the lead. Team USA continued to pour it on in the third quarter outscoring Canada 3-0 all on goals from people named Stevenson. Austin Stevenson (Fair Oaks, CA/Long Beach State) scored first with 3:06 left in the period for a 10-3 lead. Ben followed with a goal moments later and then Austin capped the period with a power play strike for a 12-3 lead after three.

Marko Asic (Laguna Niguel, CA/Pepperdine) put the United States ahead 13-3 early in the fourth to start a quarter with a combined 11 goals scored. The two teams would alternate scoring goals the rest of the period as the United States maintained a large lead. Connor Neumann (Danville, CA/California) scored with 2:23 to play to give the United States a 16-6 lead. He would close out the scoring moments later adding the final score of the match with :48 left to give the United States the 18-8 victory. 

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 18 (4, 5, 3, 6) B. Stevenson 5, C. Neumann 3, A. Stevenson 2, L. Araya 2, N. Carniglia 2, N. McConnell 1, A. Obert 1, M. Asic 1, C. Ramirez 1
CAN 8 (2, 1, 0, 5)
Saves - USA - C. Whitelegge 6

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