Alberta and Puerto Rico Series Recap

March 04, 2015, 7:55 p.m. (ET)


Team USA shows their appreciation to their local fans and supporters at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum on Sunday

AUBURN, Ala. -- The Women's and Men's U.S. National Handball Teams competed in friendly matches against Team Puerto Rico and Team Alberta, respectively, last weekend. Both teams played one match per day against their Pan American opponents on February 27, 28, and March 1, in preparation for the Pan American Qualifier matches to take place on March 7 (Auburn, Ala.) and March 14 (Montevideo, Uruguay).

Below are the final scores from each of the matches:

February 27, 2015
Women's Match: USA 29 - PUR 23
Goals - USA: Van Ryn (8), Gascon (7), Darling (4), Levinkind (3), Taylor (3), Hardison (2), Fithian (1), Rhoads (1)
Goals - PUR: Cabrera (5), Hiraldo (4), Pope (4), Martinez (2), Garcia (2), Vergara (1), Cabello (1), Fuentes (1), Diaz (1)

Men's Match: USA 25 - ALB 25
Goals - USA: Inahara (6), Morgan (6), Chun (4), Recker (3), Evans (2), Mukendi (2), Dyke (1), Potocnik (1)
Goals - ALB: Johnston (9), Mathews (4), Gleave (4), Love (3), Fischer (2), Lakusta (2), Gordulic (1)

February 28, 2015
Men's Match: USA 26 - ALB 17
Goals - USA: Morgan (6), Key (5), Axelsson (5), Pinson (2), Radovanovic (2), Fithian (2), Inahara (2), Mukendi (1), Reed (1)
Goals - ALB: Love (5), Fischer (5), Gordulic (2), Johnston (2), Lakusta (1), Gleave (1), Spence (1)

Women's Match: USA 30 - PUR 21
Goals - USA: Darling (11), Taylor (5), Gascon (4), Levinkind (3), Hardison (2), Andersen (2), Fithian (1), Rhaods (1), Van Ryn (1)
Goals - PUR: Ceballos (7), Garcia (4), Hiraldo (3), Cabrera (2), Maldonado (2), Vergara (1), Cabello (1), Diaz (1)

March 1, 2015
Men's Match: USA 25 - ALB 20
Goals - USA: Morgan (6), Reed (3), Bicvic (3), Keys (3), Andjelic (2), Inahara (2), Radovanovic (2), Axelsson (2), Fithian (1), Evans (1)
Goals - ALB: unavailable

Women's Match: USA 31 - PUR 25
Goals - USA: Darling (10), Fithian (6), Gascon (4), Taylor (3), Van Ryn (3), Rhoads (2), Andersen (2), Dunn (1)
Goals - PUR: Ceballo (6), Hiraldo (5), Maldonado (4), Fuerta (4), Cabello (2), Pope (1), Natel (1), Diaz (1), Cabrerra (1)

Team USA Men's Head Coach Javier Garcia Cuesta said after the series, "These games against Alberta were both important and useful for the Men's National Team, because it gave us a fine-tuning for the games against Uruguay."

"We had the opportunity to integrate the 'outside' players with those in residency in Auburn," he added. "I was very pleased with our work on defense and the goalkeepers; on offense, we'll need to improve a bit. Hopefully we can work on that during the training sessions before the match on Saturday."