Kazan, Russia - Leading his home country to the finals of the World University Games, 2013 Cutino Award winner Balazs Erdelyi finished the job on Wednesday, July 17, as he led Hungary past Russia for the gold medal. The Hungarians took a 5-4 win over the host Russians in the finals of the games to secure the top spot in the world.
In the final match, Erdelyi netted once for his country as the senior posted a single goal in the second period to put his team ahead for the first time in the match, 2-1. After the Russians took back the lead at 3-2, Hungary scored three unanswered goals to put itself ahead 5-3 from which it would hold on for the one goal victory. For the tournament, Erdelyi posted 12 goals for Hungary, third-best among his countrymen.
Last season, Erdelyi, was named the 2013 Cutino Award winner, bestowed annually to the most outstanding collegiate water polo player as voted by NCAA Division I coaches. He returns in 2013 for his senior season as Pacific looks to make a play for the national championship.