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07.26.2013
FINA World Championships: Canadian men suffer second defeat

Barcelona, July 26, 2013 (Sportcom)
– The Canadian and American men’s water polo teams faced off in the pool, Friday, both sporting identical 1-1 records at the FINA World Championships presented in Barcelona, Spain.  The Canadian contingent would eventually come up just short, losing in a nail-biter, 8-7.
 
The Americans got off to a quick start, taking a 2-0 lead early on, but the Canadians bounced back, tying up the score at the end of the first quarter.
 
The U.S. team was always the aggressor in the match, taking leads of 5-2 and 8-5, but Alex Beslin’s squad never gave up. After staging a valiant comeback, however, the Canadians ended up running out of time.
 
“It was the three-point lead that really burnt us, Nicolas Constantin-Bicari indicated. Each time we had an opportunity to cut the lead to a goal, and didn’t, the Americans always seemed to counter with a goal. All day long, they were simply better than us in clutch situations.”
 
Albertan Jared McElroy netted three of the first four Canadian goals, the other scored by the Quebecer Nicolas Constantin-Bicari. The Ontarian John Conway and British Columbian Constantin Kudaba got the score back to 8-6. Captain Kevin Graham then got them within a goal.
 
The Canadians even went a man up with a minute and a half left in the contest, but couldn’t find a way to equalize.
 
Robin Randall was the man between the posts for Team Canada. Olivier Vikalo, Scott Robinson, Alel Taschereau, Justin Boyd, Devon Diggle, Luka Gasic and Ivan Marcisin were the other members of the Canadian squad.
 
With their 3rd place classification, the Canadian polo players must now play an extra qualification game in the hopes of reaching the quarterfinals.  They will take on Montenegro in the must-win affair, Sunday.
 
“We’re well acquainted with this squad, Constantin-Bicari pointed out. We’ll go into the game fairly confident, since we’ve played them on a number of occasions in exhibition matches. Tomorrow we’ll take it easy, recharge the batteries, and get ourselves feeling positive again.”
 
Sunday’s loser will see their World Championships come to an end.


 
 
 
 

 


 
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