Jan. 20, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Michigan Kick-Off (Day 2)
Scores: #9 San Jose State 9, #11 Michigan 6; #7 San Diego State 11, #11 Michigan 10 (2OT)
Records: U-M (1-3), SJSU (2-1), SDSU (3-1)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 25 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 3 p.m. PST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan water polo team closed out the its annual Michigan Kick-Off with losses to a pair of top-10 opponents, falling to No. 9 San Jose State, 9-6, before dropping a sudden-victory decision to No. 7 San Diego State, 11-10, on Sunday (Jan. 20) in front of 249 fans at Canham Natatorium.
Senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) scored four goals on the day -- two in each game -- and posted one assist and eight steals, while juniors Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) and Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) posted three goals and an assist apiece. Freshman Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) rounded out U-M's multi-goal performers, netting a pair against the Aztecs -- the first goals of her collegiate career, including a five-meter penalty with four seconds left to force overtime in game two.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) played the entirety of both contests, posting 15 total saves through eight quarters and three-plus overtimes frames.
The Wolverines charged back from a three-goal deficit in the fourth against San Diego State, scoring four goals and tying up the contest with just four seconds remaining in regulation. After Pratt pulled U-M within one on an outside shot with 2:25 left, the Wolverines continued to pressure in front of the Aztec goal, before freshman Kelly Martin (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) drew a five-meter penalty in the waning seconds, and Pender converted it, scoring on a skip shot to the ride side of the net.
In a largely defensive overtime series, both teams posted several steals, committed several turnovers and just missed on several scoring opportunities. After three scoreless extra frames, San Diego State's Bailey Wickliffe ended the contest 1:43 into the second sudden-victory overtime, taking advantage on a 6-on-5.
Michigan scored first in the morning slate against SJSU -- on a slick backhand from Pratt less than two minutes into the game -- but could not keep pace when the Spartans surged ahead with four unanswered goals to end the first half.
San Jose State scored again early in the third, padding its advantage to 5-1, but the Wolverines battled back with three markers in the quarter. Golden and Nolan, who posted two second-half goals apiece, scored in quick succession in the third minute on a 6-on-5 cross-cage shot and a counter-attack lob, respectively.
The Spartans responded in kind, however, scoring three goals of their own in the fourth, and despite several opportunities and late goals from Nolan and Golden, Michigan could not overcome the late deficit.
The Wolverines will head west next weekend, traveling to the Golden State for three road games against top-10 opposition. On Friday (Jan. 25), U-M will kick off the trip against two-time defending NCAA champion Stanford at 3 p.m. PST in Palo Alto, Calif. The Wolverines will play a pair of games on Saturday (Jan. 26), heading to San Jose, Calif., for an 11 a.m. PST rematch against San Jose State before closing out the trip with a 6 p.m. PST meeting against California in Berkeley, Calif.
|San Jose State||2||2||2||3||9|
SJSU Goals: Rae Lakness 6, Anna Natalizio 2, Orla Brazell
Saves: U-M 7 (Alex Adamson), SJSU 9 (Maddie Reardon)
Ejections: U-M 6, SJSU 6
|San Diego State||2||4||3||1||0||0||0||1||11|
U-M Goals:Audrey Pratt 2, Kiki Golden 2, Presley Pender 2, Danielle Robinson, Bryce Beckwith, Lauren Colton, Kelsey Nolan
Saves: U-M8 (Alex Adamson), SDSU 6 (Rachel Mitchell)
Ejections: U-M 10, SDSU 6
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423