Canada's Water Polo Teams Complete Perfect Runs in World Championship Qualifier

Canada wins double gold at world championship qualifier 

CALGARY – Both the Canadian men’s and women’s water polo teams completed perfect runs on Sunday for gold at the UANA world championship qualifying tournament.
Canada had already clinched berths for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships with semifinal victories on Saturday and capped the tournament winning Sunday’s finals for 5-0 records in tournament play.
In the men’s final, Canada built a 4-0 lead and held on for a 6-5 victory over the U.S.  Less than 24 hours earlier, the Canadians had defeated Brazil 7-6 in overtime in the semifinal to secure the world championship berth.
Justin Boyd of Beaconsfield, Que., scored three more goals on Sunday to lead the Canadians.  Nicolas Constantin-Bicari of Montreal, Kevin Graham of Regina and Jared McElroy of Calgary added singles.  Canada led 4-1 at the half and 6-4 after three.
‘’The key to our game today and the whole tournament was our continuous will to fight,’’ said Canadian assistant coach Brian Parillo.  ‘’Today we definitely missed some key offensive opportunities but we were really proud of our defensive play.’’
In the bronze medal game, Brazil defeated Argentina 10-6.
Boyd, who scored four goals including the overtime winner in Saturday’s semi, was named the tournament MVP and Marcelo Chagas of Brazil the most valuable goaltender.
In the women’s final, Canada scored six unanswered goals in the second half to defeat Brazil 11-6.  Canada led 2-1 after a quarter, 5-4 at the half and 7-5 after three.  
Joelle Békhazi of Pointe-Claire, Que., scored four goals, Emma Wright added two with singles to Krystina Alogbo of Riviere-des-Prairies, Que., Rachel Krieger of Regina, Carmen Eggens of Pitt Meadows, B.C., Christine Robinson of Lachine, Que., and Marina Radu of Pointe-Claire.
‘’This was a great tournament for us,’’ said Guy Baker, celebrating his first official tournament win as Team Canada’s head coach.  ‘’We were able to play a lot of young players and we showed that we have a lot of depth. While our offensive execution was a bit off today we had a nice defensive showing.’’
Venezuela upset Argentina 6-5 for the bronze.
Békhazi, who also had two five-goal games this week, was named the tournament MVP and Manuela Canetti of Brazil the most valuable goaltender.
The top-two teams this week qualified for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships set for July in Barcelona.


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Canadian men’s roster for the UANA qualification tournament for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships January 30 to February 3 in Calgary:
1 Dusan Aleksic – Gatineau, QC
2 Constantine Kudaba – Port Coquitlam, BC
3 Oliver Vikalo – Calgary, AB
4 Nicolas Bicari – Montreal, QC
5 Justin Boyd – Beaconsfield, QC
6 Scott Robinson – Calgary, AB
7 John Conway – Ottawa, ON
8 Kevin Graham – Regina, SK
9 Devon Diggle – Montreal, QC
10 Luka Gasic – Laval, QC
11 Dusan Radojcic – Toronto, ON
12 Jared McElroy - Calgary
13 Robin Randall – Drinkwater, SK
14 Alec Taschereau – Ottawa, ON
Head coach: Alex Beslin, Calgary, AB
Assistant coach: Brian Parillo, Montreal, QC
Canadian women’s roster for the UANA qualification tournament for the 2013 FINA World Aquatic Championships January 30 to February 3 in Calgary:
1. Nicola Colterjohn – Hamilton, ON
2. Krystina  Alogbo – Rivière-des- Prairies, QC
3. Katrina Monton – Dorval, QC
4. Hayley McKelvey – Delta, BC
5. Stephanie  Valin – Montreal, QC
6. Emma Wright – Toronto, ON
7. Joelle Békhazi – Pointe-Claire, QC
8. Rachel Krieger – Regina, SK
9. Carmen Eggens – Pitt Meadows, BC
10. Christine Robinson – Lachine, QC
11. Joannie Morisseau – Montreal, QC
12. Marina Radu – Pointe-Claire, QC
13. Ymane Hage – Montreal, QC
Head coach : Guy Baker, Montreal, QC
Assistant coach: Justin Oliveira, Montreal, QC


USA Men's Water Polo Team Qualifies for World Championships and collects silver medal at UANA Qualifier

Calgary, Canada - February 3 - The USA Men's National Team took the silver medal at the UANA World Aquatic Championship Qualification Tournament following a 6-5 loss to Canada on Sunday. Two goals from Nikola Vavic (Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan) and a late rally from Team USA were not enough to top Canada. Despite the loss, Team USA accomplishes their main goal of qualifying for the 2013 FINA World Championships set for this summer in Barcelona, Spain.

For the second time this week Canada came out strong against Team USA, grabbing a 2-0 lead after the first period. In the second period, Canada continued to build, going up 4-0 before the United States broke through with a goal from Vavic with 2:48 to go in the half. Trailing 4-1 to start the third period, Team USA began to rally scoring two straight goals from Ryan Bailey (Long Beach, CA/UC-Irvine/Newport WPF) and Bret Bonanni (Huntington Beach, CA/Stanford/Stanford) for a 4-3 game with 3:55 left in the period. Canada scored two of the next three goals and rebuilt a two goal lead, ahead 6-4 going to the fourth.

In the final period Team USA was able to keep Canada off the board but couldn't muster the necessary offense. It wasn't until 2:19 remaining in the game that Scott Davidson (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/NYAC) found the net with a score to draw within 6-5. Team USA would get no closer despite drawing an exclusion in the closing moments and came away on the losing end 6-5.

Team USA went 0/8 on power plays and 1/1 on penalties while Canada was 4/9 on power plays and did not attempt any penalties.

Scoring - Scoresheet
USA 5 (0, 1, 3, 1) N. Vavic 2, R. Bailey 1, B. Bonanni 1, S. Davidson 1
CAN 6 (2, 2, 2, 0) J. Boyd 3, N. Constantin Bicari 1, K. Graham 1, J. McElroy 1

6x5 - USA - 0/8 - CAN 4/9
Penalties - USA 1/1 - CAN 0/0

Greg Mescall
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