San Francisco Chronicle

Danville’s Steffens sets water polo mark


Stanford alum Maggie Steffens, who grew up in Danville, broke the Olympic women’s water polo scoring record when she scored in the third period in the Americans’ 185 win over the ROC.

“As much as it’s definitely cool and I appreciate it, you can’t have that without teammates,” she said. “You can’t have that without a pass. You can’t have that without being able to play the sport with women who you train with and dream with.”

Steffens took down the record on an allStanfor­d connection as the U.S. rebounded from a rare loss to Hungary. Makenzie Fischer found a wideopen Steffens in the middle, and ROC goalkeeper Evgenia Golovina never stood a chance.

It was Steffens’ 48th goal in her third Olympics, snapping a tie with Tania Di Mario of Italy for the top spot. Playing with a broken nose after she got hurt against China on Monday, she had four goals on five shots — giving her 49 goals for her Olympic career — as the U.S. finished group play with a 31 record.

Steffens, 28, is going for her third consecutiv­e gold medal.

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