USA Beats Mexico for Bronze Medal

March 04, 2014, 10:29 a.m. (ET)

March 4th, 2014

For Immediate Release

By Hillary Plummer & Gretchen Oliver

USA Beats Mexico for Bronze Medal

After securing a birth to the 2014 Pan American Championships the previous night, the USA took on host country Mexico for the bronze medal. Both teams were seeking their second win of the tournament in front of a packed gym of spectators. Team USA got off to a slow start offensively and fell behind Mexico early in the first half as most of their shots were off target. The defense stepped up and helped to spark the offense as Team USA came back to take a lead that they would not relinquish. Ivan Igjnatovic was stellar in the goal making 9 saves in the half. Jordan Fithian blocked 3 shots on defense and also powered the offense at the pivot position by scoring 5 first half goals. Mexico was unable to match up to the size of the USA squad and allowed Team USA to dominate the half and take a 14-8 lead.

Following a power outage after half time, Team USA came out sharp on offense and continued their domination on the defensive end of the court. Mexico employed the same defensive strategy as Puerto Rico on the Americans trying to eliminate the scoring threat of Javier Galindo by playing close man-to-man defensive on him. This allowed other USA players to step up and power the offensive. Overall, Divine Jackson played his best game of the tournament and scored 7 goals. Team USA never relinquished their lead and won the game 29-20. USA returns home March 2nd and now turns their attention to preparing for the Pan American Championships in June.

Box Score

Player

Goals

Shots

Blocks

Vladimir A.

4

4

0

Mark O.

1

1

0

Chris M.

1

1

0

Bini M.

1

3

0

Divine J.

7

10

0

Jordan F.

5

7

3

Javier G.

2

2

1

Vladimir B.

3

4

1

Martin A.

4

8

0

Connor H.

1

1

0

Goalie Statistics

Player

Saves

Goals

Ivan I.

9

8

Danny C.

8

12

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