BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Past Collegiate Water Polo Association standouts Ashleigh Johnson of Princeton University, Shae Fournier of Indiana University, Bronwen Knox of Hartwick College and Amy Ridge of the University of Michigan along with current Wolverines’ star Maddy Steere helped the United States, Canada and Australia in their homelands’ first two games of the 2018 FINA Women’s Water Polo World League Super Final at the Kunshan Sports Centre in Kunshan, China, on Monday-Tuesday, May 28-29.
2017 Cutino Award winner Johnson, who returned to the United States National Team for the tournament following time playing in Europe, did not play in Team USA’s 14-4 rout of Japan on May 28 and aided the Americans’ cause with six saves in downing Canada, 12-5, on May 29 to lead Group B at the tournament with six points.
For Canada, Fournier scored twice on man-up chances against the United States after netting a goal in an 11-9 defeat of Russia in Group B play on May 28.
Overall, the United States leads Group B with six points compared to Canada (three points), Russia (three points) and Japan (zero points). The United States will take on Russia and Canada will meet Japan on Wednesday, May 30. All the games are being live streamed on FINA TV.
In Group A, the trio of Knox, Ridge and Steere suffered a pair of losses as Australia fell to the Netherlands (7-5 L) and host China (8-6 L) on May 28 and 29, respectively.
Against the Netherlands, Knox scored once with neither Ridge nor Steere finding the back of the cage. Both Knox and Ridge tallied markers against China with Steere kept off the scoreboard.
Australia, which will next be in action against Spain on Wednesday, May 30, to conclude group play, stands in Fourth Place in Group B with the Netherlands (six points), Spain (three points) and China (three points) topping the standings.