Knox, Smith & Australia Top Armstrong & USA 10-5 in FINA World Championship Fifth Place Game
SHANGHAI, China -- Former Hartwick College standout Bronwen Knox scored four times to out perform CWPA Hall of Fame inductee and former University of Michigan standout Betsey Armstrong as Australia defeated the United States 10-5 for fifth place at the 2011 FINA Women's Water Polo Championship.
The loss officially moves the USA team's ranking in the world from first to sixth, a perch the Americans held for the past two years. The sixth place finish is the team's lowest finish since an eighth place mark at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, Australia. In the match against Australia the Aussies used six straight goals spanning the second and third quarters to turn a one goal deficit into a five goal advantage to spur the victory.
Armstrong and former University of Southern California player Tumua Anae split time in cage with Armstrong working the first three quarters and Anae the fourth. They combined to record four saves.
Knox, who was joined by fellow former Hawks' player Sophie Smith on the Australia team roster, made all the difference for the Aussies in picking up the victory. Her best goal was a looping center-forward effort to pull Australia even at 2-2, before chipping in three more scores over the remainder of the contest to put the USA squad down for the count.