Canada advances in World League water polo

Canada routed hosts Puerto Rico 15-1 on Sunday for a first-place finish at the women's water polo World League preliminary tournament.

Canada routed hosts Puerto Rico 15-1 on Sunday for a first-place finish at the women's water polo World League preliminary tournament.

Marina Radu of Pointe-Claire, Que., and Dominique Perreault of Montreal scored three goals apiece in the match at Miyaguez to lead the Canadians, who are ranked second in the world.

Canada ends the double round robin tournament with a 5-1 record. The U.S., the reigning world champions, also finished at 5-1 but Canada posted a better goals-for-and-against ratio.

Canada and the U.S. advance to the FINA World League Super Final set for La Jolla, Calif., June 28 to July 3. Preliminary round tournaments will also take place in Asia and Europe over the next few weeks.

Also scoring for Canada on Sunday were Stephanie Valin of Pointe-Claire and Katrina Monton of Dorval, Que., with two goals each, and Whitney Genoway of Regina, Rosanna Tomiuk of Beaconsfield, Que., and Tara Campbell of Baie-d'Urfé, Que., scoring singles.

"It was a very good defensive game for us," said Canada's head coach Patrick Oaten. "We are very satisfied with the team's effort but we know we can certainly play better."

The Canadians return to Montreal for one day before jetting off on Tuesday to Russia for the Kirachi Cup May 27-30.

This is the seventh edition of the FINA Women's Water Polo World League, which was launched in 2004. Canada won its first medal last year placing second to the U.S., four-time World League champions.