TUSTIN, California, May 12. THE USA Men's National Team picked up their second straight win at the FINA World League Prelims with an 11-2 win over Canada at Foothill High School. Foothill alum JW Krumpholz (Santa Ana, CA/USC/NYAC) led the way with four goals while Chay Lapin (Long Beach, CA/UCLA/Shore) anchored the net with six saves.
Canada got off to the solid start striking first, just two minutes into the match for a 1-0 lead. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) answered on the next possession to tie the game at 1-1. Canada had a response to that, moments later, when they buried an outside shot to go back in front 2-1. That would be all the control Canada would have in this match as the USA offense and defense took over. Brian Alexander (Santa Ana, CA/UCSB/Olympic Club) and Jeff Powers (San Luis Obispo, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF) followed with scores, and Team USA was in front 3-2 headed to the second period.
The second period belonged to Krumpholz as he delivered two inside goals to put the United States in front 5-2 at halftime. In the third quarter Team USA blew things open with three unanswered goals to grab an 8-2 advantage by the end of the period. John Mann (Newport Beach,CA/California/NYAC) started the scoring with a tally inside with 3:55 left in the period. Less than 90 seconds later Krumpholz would draw a penalty, with the conversion coming from Alexander. Alexander added a power play goal with :34 left in the period and the United States was in command.
In the fourth the red, white, and blue put the match away with three more goals to take an 11-2 lead. Layne Beaubien (Coronado, CA/Stanford/NYAC) started it off with a power play goal to go up 9-2. Krumpholz finished things with two straight, including a lob shot into an empty goal and a backhand tally.
Team USA went 4/9 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots while Canada was 1/3 on power plays and did not attempt a penalty shot. Earlier in the day Brazil topped Canada 13-6 and then the Brazilians went on to defeat the USA Men's Junior National Team 10-7. Action resumes on Saturday with Brazil taking on Canada at 10:30am followed by the USA Men's National Team battling Brazil at 6pm. Prior to the USA-Brazil the USA Men's Junior National Team will take part in another exhibition match against the Bruin club.
USA 11 (3, 2, 3, 3) J. Krumpholz 4, B. Alexander 3, T. Azevedo 1, J. Powers 1, L. Beaubien 1, J. Mann 1
CAN 2 (2, 0, 0, 0)
Saves – USA – C. Lapin 6
6×5 – USA – 4/9 – CAN – 1/3
Penalties – USA – 1/1 – CAN – 0/0
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