Maggie Steffens makes Olympic history in U.S. water polo’s bounce-back Win


Two days after USA Water Polo’s loss to Hungary — their first loss in 13 years — captain Maggie Steffens stepped up and made her mark on Olympic history.

Steffens, a two-time gold medalist playing in her third Olympics, scored four goals in the Americans’ dominant 18-5 win over the Russian Olympic Committee on Friday.

With her 48th career goal, she became the sport’s all-time leading scorer in the Olympics, surpassing Italy’s Tania Di Mario. Steffens did it all with a broken nose, which she sustained during Wednesday’s loss.

Steffens and Team USA stand atop the women’s tournament Group B after going 3-1 through the preliminary round. They’ll next play in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, with a chance to compete for their third straight Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.