Former UC Irvine All-American Ryan Bailey scored three goals to help lead the U.S. men's water polo team to a hard-fought, 10-8 win over Romania in group play at the Olympics in London on Tuesday.
Bailey, a center, drew the Americans even at 5-5 on an extra-man goal with 5:58 left in the third quarter and he put the U.S. ahead for good at 6-5 on another power-play score with 1:56 remaining in the third.
He netted his third goal with 50 seconds left in the fourth period to give Team USA what then was a three-goal cushion.
Peter Varellas also scored three goals for the U.S. and Adam Wright added two. Cosmin Radu led Romania with a game-high four goals.
The U.S. next faces Great Britain Thursday at 10:20 a.m. PT. The Americans and Serbia are currently tied atop Group B with 2-0 records and will face each other Saturday at 11:40 a.m. Team USA will close out group play Monday against Hungary at 7:30 a.m.