Jan. 19, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Michigan Kick-Off (Day 1 of 2)
Scores: #11 Michigan 15, Colorado State 9; #3 UCLA 12, #11 Michigan 3
Records: U-M (1-1), CSU (0-2), UCLA (2-0)
Next U-M Events: Sunday, Jan. 20 -- vs. San Jose State (8 a.m), vs. San Diego State (12:15 p.m.) - Michigan Kick-Off (Canham Natatorium)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan water polo team split its opening-day games, beating Colorado State, 15-9, before falling to No. 3 UCLA, 12-3, at the 12th annual Michigan Kick-Off on Saturday (Jan. 19) in front of 503 fans at Canham Natatorium.
Senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) tallied four goals and an assist in the morning slate against CSU, while senior Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro HS) and juniors Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) and Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) all notched three goals on the day. Pratt and Nolan also combined for seven assists in the opener.
Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) earned 15 saves on the day in the Wolverine net, including eight against Colorado State. Freshmen Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) and Hayden Green (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) earned their first collegiate playing time; Green posted two stops in the fourth quarter against the Bruins.
The Wolverines hung with UCLA through the opening quarter, matching the Bruins goal-for-goal to keep the score knotted 3-3 after eight minutes of play. Nolan scored twice in the final three minutes of the frame, netting her second off a one-on-one in front with just 1:27 remaining.
UCLA surged ahead, however, with nine unanswered goals, scoring three in the second quarter and four in the third to put the game out of reach. The Bruins' Emily Donohoe scored four goals -- one in each quarter -- while goalkeepers Sami Hill and Alex Musselman earned a combined eight saves in net.
In the season opener, the Wolverines broke open a deadlocked game with four unanswered goals to end the second quarter, pulling ahead 8-4 at the halftime intermission. Freshman Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) scored quickly on a lob shot in the third, her second goal of the contest, to extend U-M's lead to five goals before CSU netted three in a row to narrow the gap.
Golden, who scored a goal apiece in the first and second quarters, doubled her total with two markers in the closing three minutes of the third quarter, quickly answering another CSU goal with the latter -- a cross-cage shot from the one.
Colton swung momentum firmly back in U-M's favor early in the fourth quarter, scoring twice in the opening 1:06 of the frame on a 180 turn and subsequent sweep shot in front of the net. The Wolverines followed with two more goals to extend their lead, including freshman Julia Riemersma's (Kentwood, Mich./Kentwood HS) first collegiate marker on an outside shot with 3:21 left in the contest.
The Michigan Kick-Off continues Sunday (Jan. 20) with the Wolverines hosting No. 9-ranked San Jose State at 8 a.m. at Canham Natatorium. Michigan wraps up the opening weekend of action against No. 7-ranked San Diego State at 12:15 p.m.
U-M Goals: Kiki Golden 4, Lauren Colton 3, Bryce Beckwith 2, Audrey Pratt 2, Kelsey Nolan, Kelly Martin, Danielle Robinson, Julia Riemersma
CSU Goals: Kelcy Barott 4, Caroline Young 2, Shelby Schaefer 2, Ariel Arcidiacono
Saves: U-M 8 (Alex Adamson 8, Julia Campbell 0), CSU 6 (Melissa Fisher)
Ejections: U-M 30, CSU 21
UCLA Goals: Emily Donohoe 4, Alys Williams 2, Emily Greenwood 2, Shelby Couture, Rachel Fattal, Victoria Kent, Maddy McLaren
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Audrey Pratt
Saves: U-M 8 (Alex Adamson 6, Hayden Green 2), UCLA 8 (Sami Hill 6, Alex Musselman 2 )
Ejections: U-M 9, UCLA 9
N O T E S
Michigan improved to 8-5 all-time in home openers and 9-4 in season openers.
Michigan improved to 13-0 all-time against Colorado State and fell to 12-0 against UCLA.
Senior Kiki Golden upped her career goal tally to 152 to move to sixth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She needs six more to reach the fifth spot, currently held by Lauren Orth (158, 2008-11).
Three Wolverine freshmen scored their first collegiate goals vs. Colorado State -- Bryce Beckwith, Kelly Martin and Julia Riemersma. Sophomore Danielle Robinson, a second-semester transfer, notched her first goal in the Maize and Blue.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423