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Stanford Grad Leads Water Polo Team to Win

The team is comprised of several Stanford University graduates



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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29: Anthony Azevedo of United States throws in the Men's Water Polo Preliminary Round Group B match between the United States and Montenegro on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

    Stanford graduate Tony Azevedo scored a goal with just 57 seconds left to give the U.S. Olympic Men's Water Polo team an 8-7 victory over Montenegro on Sunday.

    With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter Azevedo delivered a strike from long distance to seemingly put the game out of reach.

    But just 11 seconds later Montenegro’s Vladimir Gojkovic delivered a goal of his own to create some late drama.

    On the following possession Long Beach’s Ryan Bailey turned the ball over on a foul, giving Montenegro one more chance.

    However, stout defense by the U.S. left Montenegro unable to get a shot off as time expired.

    Peter Varellas led the offensive onslaught for the U.S. with three goals.

    Southern Californians Adam Wright, Tim Hutten, Bailey and Azevedo each contributed a goal apiece. Two other players have Bay Area ties: Peter Hudnut and Layne Beaubien both graduated from Stanford University.

    Since taking silver at the Beijing Games, the U.S. team has not won a medal at a major competition.

    The U.S. will face Romania in group play Tuesday. Romania defeated Great Britain in 13-4 romp on Sunday.

    To see an earlier NBC Bay Area report on the women's water polo team, click here.

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