U-M Bests Iona, Doubled Up by No. 15 IU at Kick-Off Event
Ali Thomason

Jan. 18, 2014

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Notes & Quotes

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Michigan Kick-Off
Score: #13 Michigan 15, Iona 6; #15 Indiana 10, #13 Michigan 5
Records: U-M (1-1), Iona (0-2), Indiana (2-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 31 -- at Santa Clara (Santa Clara, Calif.), 3 p.m. PST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan water polo team split its opening-day games, beating Iona, 15-6, before falling to No. 15 Indiana, 10-5, at the 13th annual Michigan Kick-Off on Saturday (Jan. 18) at Canham Natatorium.

Senior Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) posted three goals and three assists in the opener against Iona, while freshman Allison Skaggs (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) and junior Danielle Robinson (Burnaby, British Columbia/York House School) also registered three goals and two apiece on the day.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) started both games in the Wolverine net and registered 20 saves -- 10 in each game -- while sophomore Hayden Green (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) and Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) combined for four saves in the second half against Iona.

Indiana scored the first three goals of the nightcap, including a five-meter penalty and 6-on-5 in the first quarter, and the Wolverines could not overcome the early deficit. Robinson tallied U-M's lone goals of the first half, scoring twice on shots from the perimeter, for her first multi-goal effort at Michigan.

The Hoosiers continued to take advantage of power-play situations in the second and third quarters, scoring nearly half of their goals with the player advantage. Michigan earned goals from sophomore Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS), senior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis HS) and Skaggs in the second half but could not keep pace.

Michigan took advantage of a productive first half to build a sizable lead on Iona in its season-opening first game. After giving up the first goal on a five-meter penalty shot, the Wolverines surged with five unanswered goals to end the first quarter. Skaggs and Pratt both tallied a goal apiece in the opening two frames. Skaggs netted U-M's first goal of the season -- and the first of her career -- after stealing the ball at mid-pool and scoring on a counter-attack lob shot.

The Gaels used a pair of late 6-on-5 goals to cut the gap at halftime and added a five-meter penalty shot -- their second of the game -- early in the third quarter; but Michigan continued to pull away, adding four goals in the third and two more in the fourth. Senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) opened the half with a spectacular one-touch goal, redirecting a long cross-pool pass from Pratt, from the right post, while sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport HS) closed out the game with two goals in the final three minutes -- both on assists from freshman Kaitlyn Cozens (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS).

The Wolverines will return to action in two weeks, heading to the Golden State for tough five-game slate of non-conference competition. U-M will open the trip with a road game against Santa Clara on Friday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. PST in Santa Clara, Calif. The Wolverines will also participate in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, in Palo Alto, Calif., squaring off against UCLA, California and San Jose State.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
U-M Goals: Audrey Pratt 3, Allison Skaggs 2, Presley Pender 2, Kelsey Nolan 2, Brittany Kirwan 2, Kelly Martin, Danielle Robinson, Jamie Nolan, Ali Thomason
Iona Goals: Taylor Silva 2, Amy Olsen 2, Dana Andrea, Erika Lauraitis
Saves: U-M 15 (Emily Browning 10, Hayden Green 3, Julia Campbell 2), Iona (Marisa Gaynor 7, Dana Delucchi 0)
Ejections: U-M 14, Iona 4

By Period
U-M Goals: Danielle Robinson 2, Ali Thomason, Allison Skaggs, Hathaway Moore
IU Goals: Candyce Schroeder 3, Shae Fournier 2, Rebecca Gerrity 2, Summer Creighton, Allison Campbell, Shelby Taylor
Saves: U-M 10 (Emily Browning), IU 7 (Jessica Gaudreault)
Ejections: U-M 9, IU 6


• The Wolverines improved to 6-0 in the all-time series against Iona and fell to 33-11-1 against rival Indiana.

• Michigan owns a 33-20-1 all-time record in 12 years hosting the Michigan Kick-Off/Invitational.

• Senior Audrey Pratt recorded her seventh career hat trick with three goals vs. Iona.

• Pratt posted 17 goals and 13 assists in four career appearances at the Michigan Kick-Off.

• Three Wolverine freshmen -- Allison Skaggs, Brittany Kirwan, Jamie Nolan -- posted their first collegiate goals in U-M's season opener against Iona. Skaggs and fellow freshmen Kaitlyn Cozens, Allison Larko and Emily Browning recorded their first collegiate assists today.

• Freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning was the first rookie goalie to start U-M's season opener since Betsey Armstrong in 2002.


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On tonight's loss to Indiana and the takeaway ... "We're a young team. We want to win, but we also understand that these girls are being asked to play against one of if not the most veteran teams in college -- while we're the youngest. There were spurts. The effort and the enthusiasm were there. We just had trouble with what we were supposed to do in terms of playbook. But it's easy to do in practice, harder to do in a game. They know what we want to do, it's just a matter of applying it."

On the win over Iona in the season opener ... "That was a good win. They're a good team, and I was a little nervous because it's the first game of the year, and you're never quite sure how they'll play. They stepped to it and did a good job.

On the complete day ... "There are a number of areas and players that I'm quite pleased with. We will get better. Our young players need game experience to learn how to play together.

On the goalkeeper play ... "Emily [Browning] had a strong day. You want your goalie to makes saves that should have been goals, and I'd say she had three of those tonight and another one this morning. That's good. She's young, and she's only going to get better. Hayden [Green] and Julia [Campbell] also played well in the first game. They also just need to gain experience."

U-M Senior Audrey Pratt
On the opening day ... "It's disappointing to lose. But the positive is that it's very early in the season, and we have time to work on things. They came out in a hard press, which is not what they typically do or what we expected. We were a little taken by it, and it's just something that we need to work on. We had a great win this morning last gave us some good confidence, but it just goes to show that we need to come together a little bit more to compete with other really tough teams out there. Everyone was giving their all. We can't complain about effort. There are a number of areas that we can really improve."

On the freshmen effort today ... "They're contributing. Our freshmen are going to be a really big part of our team. It's difficult for us to put pressure on them so early, but they understand it and they're working really hard to step up and help the team become what we want to be."

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