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08.29.2017
Taipei 2017: Different results for the Canadian teams in their final match of the 2017 FISU Games

Men’s Water Polo – CAN 8 – 18 USA

The Canadian Men were hoping to finish their tournament on high note heading into the 9th place against the United States. Despite a close first quarter, the US outscored Canada 8-1 in the second and third, leaving Canada with a big challenge heading into the final quarter. The Canadian squad matched the US’ effort in the fourth, but the Americans were too far ahead. USA recorded an 18-8 win to finish in 9th place and Canada had to settle for 10th.


In the first quarter, Canada came out hard and scored first on a quick drive and shot by Devon Thumwood. The Americans then took over in the second quarter to run their lead to 5-2. Canada fought back to 5-3 and then had a power play opportunity to pull within one. Sean Spooner's shot was saved and the USA countered to score.

Canada never recovered from that two goal swing and fell behind 12-3.

However, the team kept fighting and matched their opponent goal for goal the rest of the way.

David Rapoport scored his first ever international goal and goalie Andrei Velasevic blocked his first ever international penalty shot.

Thumwood led the way for Canada with four goals. Reuel D'Souza notched a pair while Nikita Prokhin and Rapoport scored once each.

"The guys came out hard and were prepared to play," commented Head Coach Brian Parillo. "In the end, we came up against an opponent that was much bigger and stronger. We had problems with their press defence which led to a number of counterattacks. But I am really happy with the heart and dedication the players displayed throughout training camp and this competition."

D'Souza is the youngest player on the squad but was a sniper from the outside throughout the tournament. "It is always a tough task to go up against our North American counterparts," he said after the game. "We didn't get the result we wanted in the tournament but, overall, we got better as a team as the games progressed. I am very happy with the FISU Games experience and am looking forward to representing our country in the future."

Women’s Water Polo – CAN 16 – 8 AUS

Canada had a solid last showing at the 2017 Summer Universiade. Despite the disappointment of not making it to the medal round, the Canadian squad was determined to conclude on a positive note. Eight different players scored for the red and white, showcasing once again the experience of this Canadian team. Canada scored 5 goals against 1 in the first quarter, making it difficult for Australia to come back in the game. In the end, the Canadian Women’s team recorded a 16-8 win to place 5th at the 2017 Summer Universiade.

Elyse Lemay-Lavoie scored twice in the first quarter. McKelvey, Paul and Crevier netted singles to give Canada a 5-1 lead heading into second quarter. The Aussies scored thrice in the second period, but Canada answered back with four goals to keep a five goal margin at halftime (9-4).

The Canadians distanced themselves in the third adding four more goals to their lead to put the score at 13-5. Canada’s Shae Fournier netted a pair in the final quarter to confirm the 16-8 win for the red and white.

Lemay-Lavoie scored a hat-trick to put her total at 28 goals in the tournament, good enough for third lead scorer in the women’s water polo event. Wright, Crevier, Christmas, McKelvey and Paul each scored twice in the game. Gurpreet Sohi also found the back once in the Canadian win.

“Today the team showed up ready to play. They executed plays with a lot of intensity and passion.” commented Head Coach David Paradelo. “During the tournament the team had to deal with many moments of adversity. There was a lot of disappointment in the round-robin which cost us going into the playoffs. The team learned great lessons during the competition and finished with good team dynamics.” he added.

"Even though we didn't end with the result that we wanted we were able to finish the tournament on a strong note.” said team captain Emma Wirght. “Our offence improved greatly over the last two games and in this last game we definitely stepped it up on defence. We played hard and I'm proud of this team and what we accomplished."

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