Aug. 2, 2012
LONDON - Cal's John Mann (2003-06) scored a goal in his second consecutive Olympic match, helping Team USA to a 13-7 victory over host Great Britain Thursday (Aug. 2) at the Aquatic Centre. Mann scored his goal with 55 seconds left in the first period to give the Americans a 5-0 advantage. He went on to play over 16 minutes in the contest as Team USA improved its record to 3-0 with earlier victories over Montenegro (8-7) and Romania (10-8). Mann had scored a goal against Romania on Tuesday.
The Golden Bears' other men's water polo player at the Olympics, sophomore Aleksa Saponjic, played 2:39 minutes in Serbia's 11-11 tie with Montenegro on Thursday. Saponjic was one for one on sprints and recorded an assist to teammate Andrija Prlainovic with 32 seconds left in the first period to give Serbia a 3-1 lead. With the eventual 11-11 tie, Serbia went to 2-0-1 in Group B after earlier wins over Hungary (14-10) and Britain (21-7).
In what could be a key Olympic contest, the two Bears will face each other on Saturday, Aug. 4 when Mann's USA squad plays Saponjic's Serbian team in another preliminary match of Group B.
Mann helped the Golden Bears to the 2006 NCAA title and was the recipient of the Peter J. Cutino Award as the nation's top collegiate player, while Saponjic was a 2011 honorable mention All-American as a freshman for Cal.