USA Falls to Fourth at Junior World Championships


USA Falls to Fourth at Junior World Championships
Porto, Portugal -- Cal State Northridge goalie Jillian Stapf's Team USA lost the final two games of the week over the weekend, dropping close decisions to China and Hungary to fall to fourth place at the junior World Championships in Porto, Portugal.

Stapf did not log any minutes in either loss.


Friday -- Cal State Northridge goalie Jillian Stapf stopped one Japan shot and slit time in Team USA's 17-7 victory Thursday in Porto, Portugal at the FINA women's Junior World Championships. The defending champ USA advanced to play Italy on Friday.

Thursday -- Cal State Northridge goalie Jillian Stapf tallied three saves in Team USA's 15-6 victory over Germany Wednesday in Porto, Portugal. With the victory, Team USA advanced to tournament play in the Junior World Championships.

An 11-10 loss to Hungary on Tuesday cast doubt over USA's staus heading into the tournament, but Wednesday's victory helped to solidify the squad's number-two status.

USA will face Japan on Thursday with hopes of moving on to the quarterfinals.

Monday -- Cal State Northridge women's water polo's Jillian Stapf played the entire second half in the cage in Team USA's 18-1 demolition of Portugal Monday in day one of competition at the 7th FINA Women's Junior World Championships. Defending champ USA faces Hungary on Tuesday.

Goaltender Stapf, the Matadors' record-holder for saves in a season, was selected in June to participate in the annual event. She entered for the second half on Monday and surrendered one goal, but was instrumental in helping the team allow the fewest goals of any team on day one. Team USA's 17-goal margin of victory was the second-highest for the day, behind only Australia, who defeated Puerto Rico by a tally of 24-2.

Play resumes Tuesday, with USA taking on Hungary in Porto. Follow the action live at Porto2007.net. For press releases following games and for roster information, check out USAWaterPolo.org.