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Italy outlasts Team USA in a water polo shootout

June 16, 2008

GENOVA, Italy — The USA men’s senior national water polo team fell to Italy, 15-14, in a shootout Monday on the first day of the FINA World League Super Final.

Each team hit its first four penalty shots, but Team USA was stopped on its fifth try and Italy converted.

Former UC Irvine stars Ryan Bailey and Rick Merlo each scored twice for Team USA, and Jeff Powers scored once. Tim Hutten, the UC Irvine senior who recently won the Peter J. Cutino award, also scored twice for the Americans.

— From staff reports


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