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Canada tops China to finish seventh at FINA World League Super Final.

(June 9, 2019 – Budapest, Hungary) – The Canadian women’s team finished on a high note at the FINA World League Super Final in Budapest. A strong team effort helped the Canadians defeat China 13-10 to finish in seventh place.

China converted a penalty shot in the opening minute of the first quarter to take the lead 1-0. The Chinese doubled their lead moments later, but Kyra Christmas answered back to put Canada on the scoreboard. The Chinese added two more goals to show a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period.

Canada came out strong in the second quarter, Monika Eggens tallied one from outside while Elyse Lemay-Lavoie beat the goalkeeper to tie 4-4 with 3:42 to go in the second quarter. China capitalized on its opportunity on the next power play to regain the lead. Hayley McKelvey converted a penalty shot to even the score once again. Both teams exchanged goals before the end of the half to bring the score to 6-6.

Emma Wright and Elyse Lemay-Lavoie each tallied one in the third quarter to give Canada an 8-7 advantage heading in the final period. China score the equalizer early in the fourth quarter, but Canada stepped up its game with the extra-man advantage; Sohi, Lemay-Lavoie, and Eggens each netted one to give Canada an 11-8 lead with 3:46 to go. Two Chinese goals put them back within two with less than two minutes to play in the fourth, but Eggen’s fourth goal of the game confirmed the 13-10 win for the Canadians.

“It was really good to end the tournament with a win! We trained hard throughout the week, and we showed that we could compete with the top teams. We will use this momentum as we move forward towards World Championships and the Pan American Games’’ said Monika Eggens, who was named MVP of the game.

The United States captured the gold medal by defeating Italy in the final. This victory makes them the first team to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. The Canadian women’s team continues its preparation for the 2019 FINA World Championships in July and the Pan American Games in August; these two events will serve as Olympic qualifiers with the top team earning a spot for Tokyo 2020.

CHINA 10 – 13 CANADA – (4-2, 2-4, 1-2, 3-5)

Vulpisi, Alogbo, Sohi (1), E. Wright (3), Eggens (4), McKee, Crevier, Lemay-Lavoie (3), McKelvey (1), Christmas (1), Paul, Fournier, Wright.


  1. USA
  2. Italy
  3. Russia
  4. Netherlands
  5. Australia
  6. Hungary
  7. Canada
  8. China


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