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CanadaCanada (CAN)

Canada (CAN)

    Krystina Alogbo
    Joelle Bekhazi
    Serena Bredin
    Tara Campbell
    Jenna Crook
    Emily Csikos
    Monika Eggens
     Carmen Eggens
    Whitney Genoway
    Katrina Monton
    Dominique Perreault
    Marina Radu
    Rachel Riddell
    Christine Robinson
    Rosanna Tomiuk

    Head Coach: Patrick Oaten     
    Assistants: Justin Oliveira
        & Gyula Tothl    

GreeceGreece (GRE)

Greece (GRE)

    Stavroula Antonakou
    Alexandra Asimaki
    Chrysoula Diamantopoulou
    Angeliki Gerolymou
    Eleni Kouvdou
    Christina Kotsia
    Georgia Lara
    Kyriaki Liosi
    Triantafyllia Manolioudaki
    Antiopi Melidoni
    Ilektra Maria Psouni
    Antigoni Roumpesi
    Christina Chrysoula Tsoukala

    Head Coach: Georgios Morfesis    
    Assistant: Athanasios Kechagias    

ItalyItaly (ITA)

Italy (ITA)

     Simona Abbate
     Rosaria Aiello
     Roberta Bianconi
     Elisa Casanova
     Aleksandra Cotti
     Tania Di Mario
     Giulia Emmolo
     Teresa Frassinetti
     Elena Gigli
     Giulia Gorlero
     Allegra Lapi
     Elisa Queirolo
     Giulia Rambaldi Guidasci
     Martina Savioli
    
    Head Coach: Fabio Conti     
    Assistant: Monica Vaillant  
            

USAUSA (USA)

USA (USA)

    Betsey Armstrong
    Tumua Anae
    Kami Craig
    Annika Dries
    Tanya Gandy
    Sami Hill
    Courtney Mathewson
    Heather Petri
    Kelly Rulon
    Melissa Seidemann
    Lauren "Lolo" Silver
    Jessica Steffens
    Maggie Steffens
    Brenda Villa
    Lauren Wenger
    Elsie Windes
    
    Head Coach: Adam Krikorian    
    Assistants: Heather Moody
        & Dan Klatt

 

Wednesday, February 15

Game #1 USAUSA 17 vs ItalyITA 10

Los Alamitos, CA - February 15 - The USA Women's Senior National Team opened the 11th Holiday Cup with a 17-10 victory over Italy. Three goals from Brenda Villa, (Commerce, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) Melissa Seidemann, (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) and Lolo Silver (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) paced the offensive outburst that saw ten different players find the net. Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC) did the job in net turning aside eight shots in the win.

The match opened in favor of Italy as the Italians converted a five meter penalty shot to take a 1-0 lead. That was countered by two straight goals from Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara WPF) to grab a 2-1 lead. Italy answered with a score but that was countered by a score from Silver and Jessica Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC) for a 4-2 USA lead. Italy would score three of the next four goals to tie the match at 5-5 with :47 left in the period. Annika Dries (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET) found the cage on a great dish from Kelly Rulon (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC) for a 6-5 lead. Italy scored with just two seconds left in the period to knot the match at 6-6 after the first period.

In the second quarter the Italians went back in front on a five meter penalty shot 7-6 but the United States took control after that. Villa scored, Silver lit the proverbial lamp twice, and then came a power play tally from Tanya Gandy (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC) to build a 10-7 lead at halftime. Italy tried to chip away in the third starting the period off with a goal but again the United States answered. Villa delivered a lob and Seidemann buried a shot from deep for a 12-8 match with 4:01 left in the third quarter. After an Italy goal the United States closed the period with a flurry of three straight goals to lead 15-9 going to the fourth.

Things were settled by the time the fourth quarter began. Italy scored first, as they did in every quarter of the match, only to see two USA scores put back on the board. Courtney Mathewson (Anaheim Hills, CA/UCLA/NYAC) connected and Seidemann tossed in her final score of the day to close things out in favor of Team USA 17-10.

The United States went 4/5 on power plays and did not attempt any penalty shots while Italy went 4/10 on power plays and 2/2 on penalty shots.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 17 (6, 4, 5, 2) B. Villa 3, L. Silver 3, M. Seidemann 3, K. Craig 2, T. Gandy 1, J. Steffens 1, K. Rulon 1, A. Dries 1, C. Mathewson 1, M. Steffens 1
ITA 10 (6, 1, 2, 1)

Saves - USA - B. Armstrong 8
6x5 - USA 4/5 - ITA 4/10
Penalties - USA 0/0 - ITA 2/2

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

Game #2 CandaCAN 10 vs GreeceGRE 7

Scoring - Scoresheet
CAN 10 (1, 4, 3, 2)
GRE 7 (1, 2, 3, 1)

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Thursday, February 16

Game #3 USAUSA 9 vs CanadaCAN 8

Los Alamitos, CA - February 16 - The USA Women's National Team made it two straight victories to open the Holiday Cup following a 9-8 win over Canada. Lolo Silver (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) scored three goals to lead the offense while Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/Santa Barbara WPF) did the job in net turning aside ten shots. The United States closes out group play tomorrow with a match against defending World Champions, Greece.

Canada started off strong opening the game with a transition goal less than a minute in. The United States answered with a Kelly Rulon (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC) power play goal to tie the match at 1-1. Canada went back ahead three minutes later on a score inside but Team USA had an answer. Juliet Moss (San Jose, CA/San Jose St./NYAC) buried a shot followed by a score from Silver for a 3-2 lead headed to the first.

In the second quarter the USA offense kept on rolling when Elsie Windes (Portland, OR/California/Tualitin Hills WP) and Courtney Mathewson (Anaheim Hills, CA/UCLA/NYAC) buried outside shots for a 5-2 lead. Canada rebounded with two straight goals, one on a power play, and another on a penalty shot to draw within 5-4 with 1:50 left. That would be as close as they got in the first half as Hill came up with a key save late in the period to keep a one goal lead going to intermission.

The third period saw Canada start off strong tying the match at 5-5 less than thirty seconds in. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) buried a shot for a 6-3 lead and then moments later Windes put home a rebound on a power play score for a 7-5 lead. It wasn't until four minutes later that Canada got back on the board lofting in a lob shot with one minute remaining in the period for a 7-6 game going to the fourth.

In the fourth Canada was able to tie the match once more scoring a power play goal to make it 7-7 early in the period. The USA defense then kept Canada off the board for the next six minutes. In the interim Silver scored twice to build the USA lead back to two at 9-7. With :53 left in the match Canada drew a five meter penalty on top of an exclusion and scored on the penalty shot to make it 9-8. A final attempt for Canada was stolen away by the United States and Team USA secured the victory 9-8.

The United States went 2/7 on power plays and did not attempt any penalty shots while Canada was 2/10 on power plays and 2/2 on penalty shots.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 9 (3, 2, 2, 2) L. Silver 3, E. Windes 2, M. Seidemann 1, J. Moss 1, C. Mathewson 1, K. Rulon 1
CAN 8 (2, 2, 2, 2)

Saves - USA - S. Hill 10 - CAN - R. Riddell 4, S. Bredin 0

6x5 - USA - 2/7 - CAN - 2/10
Penalties - USA - 0/0 - CAN - 2/2

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

Game #4 ItalyITA 14 vs GreeceGRE 11

In the nightcap Italy defeated Greece 14-11 in a high scoring affair. It was a close contest early on with Italy leading just 3-2 in the first period. In the second quarter the Italians opened things up scoring six goals to just three from Greece to take a 9-5 lead at intermission. In the third quarter Greece got their offense restarted with four goals only to see Italy score four of their own to keep the difference at four with Italy leading 13-9.

The final period was won by the Greeks outscoring Italy 2-1 but at that point it was too late and Italy was able to come away with a three goal victory 14-11. Italy had two different players score three goals apiece including Tania DiMario with three scores. Roumpesi tallied four scores for Greece in the loss. Italy meets Canada tomorrow following Team USA taking on Greece.

Scoring - Scoresheet
ITA 14 (3, 6, 4, 1)
GRE 11 (2, 3, 4, 2)

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

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Friday, February 17

Game #5 USAUSA 12 vs GreeceGRE 9

Los Alamitos, CA - February 17 - The USA Women's National Team made it a clean sweep in group play topping Greece 12-9 on day three of the Holiday Cup. Team USA moves to the semi-finals where they will meet Greece, in a rematch, on Saturday at 6pm pst. Courtney Mathewson (Anaheim Hills, CA/UCLA/NYAC) scored three goals to lead all scorers in the win while Tumua Anae (Newport Beach, CA/USC/SOCAL) recorded eight saves in the win.

The United States got off to a strong start with two straight goals to open the match from Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) and Jessica Steffens, (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC) taking a 2-0 at the 5:22 mark in the period. Greece answered with a score, but that was followed by goals from Mathewson and Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/Santa Barbara WPF) for a 4-1 USA lead. Greece scored twice in the final minute of the period to draw within one at 4-3.

Less than two minutes into the second quarter Juliet Moss (San Jose, CA/SJSU/NYAC) got the offense going with a score and ignited an offensive run. Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) and Mathewson ripped the net for a 7-3 lead. Greece again tried to rally with two straight scores and made it a 7-5 game at halftime. The Greeks inched closer early in the third scoring on a backhand to make it 7-6 USA with 7:06 left. Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford) got on the board on a nice dish from Villa to put Team USA up 8-6. The Greeks countered with a deflected goal and then a skip shot to even the score at 8-8 after three quarters.

In the final period Greece came all the way back to grab the lead scoring a little over a minute into the quarter to grab a 9-8 lead. That awoke the United States offense and defense for the rest of the match. The red, white, and blue kept the Greeks scoreless while running off four straight goals from Seidemann, Maggie Steffens, Annika Dries, (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET) and Mathewson to take a 12-9 lead with 3:15 remaining. That is all they would need in this match as they cruised to victory 12-9.

The United States went 5/8 on power plays while Greece was 2/10. Neither team attempted a penalty shot.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 12 (4, 3, 1, 4) C. Mathewson 3, M. Seidemann 2, M. Steffens 2, J. Steffens 1, J. Moss 1, A. Dries 1, B. Villa 1, K. Craig 1
GRE 9 (3, 2, 3, 1)

Saves - USA - T. Anae 8 - GRE - E. Kouvdou 4
6x5 - USA 5/8 - GRE - 2/10
Penalties - USA 0/0 - GRE 0/0

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

Game #6 ItalyITA 7 vs CanadaCAN 6

In the nightcap, Italy hung on to defeat Canada 7-6, and the two will meet again on Saturday in the first semi-final at 4:30pm pst. Italy opened up with 2-0 lead early in the first period only to see Canada score two goals midway through the quarter to knot the match at 2-2 with 3:24 left. Italy struck back with 2:15 left, to go up 3-2 at the end of the period. The second quarter was mostly devoid of offense with just a single goal from Canada to tie the match at 3-3 going into intermission.

In the third quarter Italy surged ahead with two goals to grab a 5-3 lead headed to the fourth. In the final frame Italy got out to a 6-3 lead before Canada began chipping away. The Canadians drew to 6-4 and then got to within a goal at 7-6 with 2:28 left. Subsequent chances for Canada did not materialize a goal and Italy was able to take the victory by a goal.

Italy finishes group play at 2-1 while Canada ends at 1-2.

Scoring - Scoresheet
ITA 7 (3, 0, 2, 2)
CAN 6 (2, 1, 0, 3)

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

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Saturday, February 18

Game #7 Semi Finals CanadaCAN 9 vs.ItalyITA 2

A defensive struggle gave way to an offensive show for Canada as the Canadians dispatched Italy 9-2 to advance to the championship match of the Holiday Cup. It was scoreless after the first quarter and into the second quarter until Italy broke through with a score 1-0 with 7:05 left in the period. Canada then scored three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead at halftime. In the third quarter it was more of the same as Canada kept the Italians off the board, while adding three more goals for a 6-1 lead.

In the fourth, Italy looked to stage a rally scoring first, just two minutes into the period to make it a 6-2 match. That would be as close as the Italians would get with Canada scoring three more goals to close out the match, taking the victory 9-2. Italy moves to the third place game where they will take on Greece.

Scoring - Scoresheet
ITA 9 (0, 3, 3, 3)
CAN 2 (0, 1, 0, 1)

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

Game #8 Semi Finals GreeceGRE 6 vs. USAUSA 8

Los Alamitos, CA - February 18 - The USA Women's National Team will play for the Holiday Cup title following an 8-6 victory over Greece in the semi-finals. Team USA will meet Canada, a 9-2 winner over Italy, for the championship at 9pm est/6pm pst on Sunday, live on UniversalSports.com. The game will be a rematch of the epic Pan American Games final from this past October, where Team USA beat Canada 27-26 in a 20-round shootout for the Gold Medal. In the victory over Greece it was Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) leading the offense with four goals, while Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC) posted 11 saves in the cage.

The United States got off to a strong start with a power play goal from Lauren Wenger (Long Beach, CA/USC/NYAC) to take a 1-0 lead at the 5:27 mark. Less than a minute later it was Kelly Rulon, (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC) on another power play, scoring off a dish from Villa for a 2-0 lead. Greece quickly turned the tables scoring three straight goals, starting with a penalty shot, to build a 3-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.

A little over two minutes into the second quarter the United States evened the match; Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) ripped the net on a skip shot goal to make it 3-3. Team USA then turned to Villa who scored three straight goals for the United States, sandwiched around a Greek power play goal, for a 6-4 lead at halftime.

The third quarter would prove to be a decisive eight minutes of water polo. Villa opened the period with her fourth goal of the match to take a 7-4 lead. Four minutes later, Greece got back in the scoring column with an inside tally to make it a 7-5 match. Less than a minute later Elsie Windes (Portland, OR/California/Tualitin Hills WP) buried a shot from in close and the United States expanded the lead to three at 8-5. With just six seconds left the Greeks answered with a score to draw within two at 8-6.

That would be all the scoring in the match, as neither team could find the cage in the fourth quarter, and the match ended with the United States winning 8-6. The United States went 3/10 on power plays and did not attempt any penalty shots while Greece was 1/5 on power plays and 1/1 on penalty shots.

Scoring - Scoresheet

USA 8 (2, 4, 2, 0) B. Villa 4, E. Windes 1, M. Steffens 1, L. Wenger 1, K. Rulon 1
GRE 6 (3, 1, 2, 0)

Saves - USA - B. Armstrong 11
6x5 - USA - 3/10 - GRE - 1/5
Penalties - USA 0/0 - GRE - 1/1

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

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Sunday, February 19

Game #9 ItalyITA 13 vs, GreeceGRE 6 (3rd Place)

Italy got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 13-6 defeat of Greece to claim third place. Italy was powered by four goals from dominant center Elisa Casanova. The Greeks, who failed to win a match at the Holiday Cup, struggled to get their offense started. Italy opened up a 5-2 lead after the first quarter and, despite a small rally from Greece, expanded to 6-4 at halftime. In the third quarter they moved out to a three goal advantage, grabbing a 9-6 lead after three periods.

In the fourth the Italians put the finishing touches on the match, outscoring the Greeks 4-0 to go up 13-6 and take home third place. The match of two of the top teams from Europe, Italy the defending European Champions, and Greece, the defending FINA World Champions was marked by the announcement of the draw for the Olympic qualification tournament taking place later this Spring.

Scoring - Scoresheet
ITA 13 (5, 1, 3, 4)
GRE 6 (2, 2, 2, 0)

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

Game #10 CanadaCAN 8 vs. USAUSA 11 (1st Place)

Los Alamitos, CA - February 19 - The USA Women's National Team took home the 2012 Holiday Cup title with an 11-8 win over Canada in the final match to finish the tourney undefeated. Team USA rallied from deficits in the first and third quarters to pull away in the fourth quarter en route to victory. Brenda Villa (Commerce, CA/Stanford/Olympic Club) scored three goals in the win while Betsey Armstrong (Ann Arbor, MI/Michigan/NYAC) stopped nine shots. The United States persevered despite going just 2/8 on power plays.

Team USA got off to a strong start scoring early on a Maggie Steffens shot (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo) to grab a 1-0 lead. Canada quickly answered with three straight goals to grab a 4-1 lead with 3:02 left in the period. Team USA rallied with consecutive scores from Heather Petri (Orinda, CA/California/NYAC) and Kelly Rulon (San Diego, CA/UCLA/NYAC) to draw to within 3-2 by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Canada got back on track on offense scoring the first goal of the period to go up 5-3. The United States rallied to tie the match at 5-5 when Lolo Silver (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) found the net on a power play try with 2:38 remaining. Canada missed an opportunity for an extra goal after a penalty shot was disallowed for a hesitation on the shot. The two teams then traded goals with Canada going up 6-5, the United States tying it at 6-6, and then Canada re-taking the lead at 7-6 to close out the half.

Seconds into the third quarter Canada rebuilt a two goal lead on a Dominique Perreault score to make it an 8-6 match. The United States responded in a hurry with goals from Jessica Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/NYAC), Villa, and Silver to take the lead 9-8 by the end of the period. In the fourth it was all Team USA as they began to pull away. Villa scored her second of the day with 5:06 left in the match to go up 10-8. In the interim the United States kept Canada off the board and then Villa put the match away with a score with less than a minute remaining to give the United States an 11-8 lead.

Team USA went 2/8 on power plays and 1-1 on penalties while Canada was 3/9 on power plays and 0/1 on penalty shots.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 11 (3, 3, 3, 2) B. Villa 3, L. Silver 2, K. Rulon 2, M. Steffens 1, J. Steffens 1, A. Dries 1, H. Petri 1
CAN 8 (4, 3, 1, 0)

Saves - USA - B. Armstrong 9

6x5 - USA 2/8 - CAN 3/9
Penalties - USA 1/1 - CAN 0/1

Greg Mescall
Associate Director of Communications
USA Water Polo

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