Armstrong Backstops Team USA to Gold Medal
Betsey Armstrong

Aug. 9, 2012

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LONDON, England -- Former University of Michigan women's water polo standout Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) stopped eight shots to backstop Team USA to the gold medal with an 8-5 win over Spain in the women's water polo final on Thursday (Aug. 9) at the London Olympics.

Team USA twice fell a goal behind and trailed 2-1 early in the second before scoring seven consecutive tallies to surge ahead. Down 8-2 with six minutes remaining, Spain narrowed the final score with three exclusion goals but could not overcome the sizable deficit. The two teams had previously tied, 9-9, in the second game of group play.

Maggie Steffens headlined the U.S. offensive effort with five goals. Steffens, who tied the single-game Olympic record with seven goals in the opener, was named the tournament's MVP.

The United States has medaled at every Olympic Games since women's water polo was added in 2000, earning one gold, two silvers and one bronze. Armstrong previously earned silver as part of the U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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