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Day 4: UANA Junior Panamerican Championships in Edmonton
Game 12- Brazil 11 v Puerto Rico 10- (M)
Day four of round-robin play opened with Brazil (1-2) taking on Puerto Rico (1-2) at the UANA Junior Pan American Water Polo Championships. Brazil entered the day after a crushing loss to the United States yesterday in one of the closer matches of the tournament, losing 14-13. Puerto Rico defeated Trinidad and Tobago last night, who have yet to find a win in this tournament.

As teams move through day four of the round-robin action, the more crucial games become with all teams battling for a top four spot. For these two teams, the importance of getting the win this afternoon was evident through the first half of play. Despite having the one goal lead after the first quarter, Brazil found themselves all tied up 6-6 at the end of the first half.

Brazil started to separate themselves with the lead towards the end of the third quarter, jumping up to a 10-7 lead heading into the fourth and final quarter. Despite the lead, it very much remained a tight game with both teams not allowing much room for error. The last minute of play had Brazil clinging to their 11-10 lead with Puerto Rico pressuring as the seconds ticked down. Brazil managed to hang on for the win, defeating Puerto Rico 11-10.

Vinicius Pessim and Alexandre Kerkis led in scoring for Brazil combining for six goals of their team’s 11. Misael Andino led Puerto Rico with five.

Next up for Brazil will be Colombia tomorrow at 1:50 p.m., while Puerto Rico will take on Argentina tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. in day five of round robin action at Kinsmen Sports Complex.

Vinicius Pessin-3
Luis Silva-1
Gabriel Poci-1
Roberto Freitas-1
Alexandre Kerkis-3
Marcos Pedroso-3

Puerto Rico:
Jafet Hernandez-1
Angel Andino-1
Guillermo Ocasio-1
Misael Andino-5
Jose Lubriel-1
Diego Zayas-1
Game 13- Colombia 9 v United States 17 (M)
The 3-0 United States took on Columbia (1-2) on day four of the Pan American U19 Championships in Edmonton, Alta.

The Americans have maintained a perfect record thus far in the round-robin and currently sit atop the leader board in men’s action. Colombia entered today’s game desperate for a win to stay in top five position after ousting Puerto Rico in a 17-15 battle yesterday.

First quarter action saw a fairly low scoring quarter of play with Colombia getting up on the United States 4-1. The Americans found themselves in a bit of a hole, down five goals at one point in the half, but managed to come back and tie it up to start the second half tied with Colombia, 8-8.

The United States came out in the third quarter with two quick goals to find themselves in the lead for the first time in the game, leading Colombia 10-8 midway through the third. The Americans managed to cushion their lead heading into the fourth with three goals from Tyler Abramson to lead 14-9. From there, the United States took over completely, shutting out Colombia and going on to win 19-9.

Luis Araya led the United States with six goals, while Santiago Orozco led Colombia with four.

The United States will keep their perfect record alive, moving to 4-0 before facing their cross-border rivals, the Canadians, tomorrow at 5:50 p.m. Colombia will play two matches tomorrow, taking on Brazil at 1:50 p.m. and Trinidad and Tobago at 8:30 p.m.

United States:
Nicholas Bisconto-2
Michael Williams-2
Sebastian Jacobs-1
Jackson Painter-2
Thomas Gruwell-1
Tyler Abramson-3
Luis Araya-6

Simon Buitrago-2
Emanual Hernando-1
Santiago Cuervo-2
Santiago Orozco-4
Game 7- United States 15 v Puerto Rico 5 (W)
Women’s action kicked off at the Kinsmen Sports Complex with the United States taking on Puerto Rico on day four of the Junior Pan American Championships in Edmonton, Alta.

Both teams finished day three with wins under their belt, with the U.S. defeating Brazil and Puerto Rico downing Trinidad and Tobago, and were both in search of wins as the round-robin winds down tomorrow for the women’s side.

First half action saw the United States get up on Puerto Rico early in the first half of the opening quarter, before Puerto Rico cut their lead in half to 4-2 to end the first quarter. The Americans started to pull away in the second, ending the half with an 8-3 lead. The United States went on to completely dominate the second half, outscoring Puerto Rico for a final score of 15-5.

Sophie Leggett led the United States in scoring with four, while Hannah Constandse netted three.

The Untied States wraps up round-robin action, currently sitting in second place behind Canada, and will most likely play in Wednesday’s first semi-final game against the third place team at 3:10 p.m. Puerto Rico will wrap up round-robin play against Canada Monday at 7:10 p.m.

United States:
Hannah Constandse-3
Grace Tehaney-2
Alexandra Garas-2
Sophie Leggett-4
Bayley Webber-1
Jolie Trujillo-2
Brooke Banta-1

Puerto Rico:
Sabrina Esteves-2
Hecmary Andino-1
Alexandra Melendez-1
Guarina Garcia-1
Game 8- Canada 19 v Trinidad and Tobago 1 (W)
With a perfect 3-0 record thus far in the UANA U19 Pan American Championships, Canada went into their game against the struggling 0-3 Trindad and Tobago looking to add one more to the win column.

Canada came out firing in the first half, already up 4-0 midway through the first quarter. Through two quarters of play they allowed Trinidad and Tobago just one goal and led 13-1 heading into the second half.

Canada would go on to thump Trinidad and Tobago by a score of 19-1, and improve to 3-0.
Joelle Nacouzi, Kyra Christmas and Yasmine Rachid combined for 16 of Canada’s 19 goals.

With round-robin action winding down for the women’s side of the tournament, Canada and Trinidad and Tobago will both play their final game of round-robin play tomorrow with Canada taking on Puerto Rico 7:10 p.m. and Trinidad and Tobago facing Brazil at 4:30 p.m.

Joelle Nacouzi, Women’s 19U National Team, Canada
“Our performance today remained the same as the previous two games, the tempo wasn’t quite as high as our other two games but that didn’t change how we viewed today’s game or the way we mentally and physically prepared. We tried some new things, worked on things we normally would do and got it done tonight.”

Andrew Robinson, Women’s 19U National Team, Head Coach, Canada
“We’re feeling pretty good, we still have some stuff we need to improve on but I thinks o far we’re getting better everyday and that’s been our goal. I think if we continue to improve the way that we have we should be in pretty good shape
Joelle Nacouzi-4
Yasmine Rachid-4
Chayma Hlandif-1
Zoe Guevremont-1
Kyra Christmas-4
Brianna Utas-2
Nina Ceklic-3

Trinidad and Tobago:

Arianna Agostini-1
Game 14- Canada 19 v Trinidad and Tobago 6 (M)
Day four of the Pan American Championships wrapped up this evening with Canada (2-1) swam off against Trinidad and Tobago(0-3).

Canada, fresh off a big win against Argentina the night before, was searching for an easy win against Trinidad and Tobago who haven’t won a game yet this tournament.

Trinidad and Tobago had other plans in mind, not letting Canada get to far out of their reach through the first quarter, only trailing 3-2. Canada began to come to life in the second quarter, widening their lead to 10-3 to start the third quarter.

Canada went on to control the rest of the game in the second half, getting the lopsided win over Trinidad and Tobago by a score of 19-6.

Jeremie Blanchard with a big performance tonight netting six goals, while teammate Felix Poliseno added five of his own.

Canada will continue their round-play in a highly anticipated match-up against the United States, who are currently undefeated so far in this tournament, at 5:50 p.m. Trinidad and Tobago will continue their search for their first win against Colombia at 8:30 p.m.


Andrew Muir, Men’s 19U National Team, First Assistant, Canada
“ Everything is going to come down to the energy we put into the game. If we show up with energy, we can compete with any team that is here. We may have had a bit bad loss earlier in the tournament, but that doesn’t change our confidence and it doesn’t make us any less strong than what we believe we can do here.
Jake Morris-1
Robert Fraser-3
Felix Poliseno-5
Bryant Joudrie-2
Jeremie Blanchard-6
Aria Soleimane-2

Trinidad and Tobago:
Jean-Luc Hinds-2
Chad Rowley-1
Leon Daniel-


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