ATHENS, Greece -- The United States won the bronze medal in
women's water polo, edging defending champion Australia 6-5 on
Ellen Estes scored three goals, including the tiebreaker in the
final period after Australia rallied from a four-goal deficit.
Italy, on a lob goal in the waning minutes of the second overtime won the gold medal, beating Greece 10-9.
After beating the United States with two seconds left to get
to the final, Italy kept up its heroics against the Greeks by rallying
from two goals down in the extra periods to seal the victory.
Australia won the women's water polo gold medal in Sydney by
edging the Americans 4-3.
The United States scored four goals in the second period and
took a 4-0 lead into halftime. Natalie Golda opened the scoring,
converting on a 6-on-5 advantage. Estes, Robin Beauregard and Amber
Stachowski scored within two minutes for the 4-0 lead.
Estes scored again in the third period, but Australia closed the
gap to 5-3 on a shot by Elise Norwood and goals from Kate Gynther
and Belinda Brooks.
Joanne Fox scored 32 seconds into the final quarter, and Brooks
made a long shot to tie it with 5:30 left.