Jan. 25, 2013
Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Avery Aquatic Center)
Score: #1 Stanford 11, #10 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (1-4), Stanford (1-0)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 26 -- at San Jose State (San Jose, Calif.), Noon PST
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan water polo team hung tight with No. 1 Stanford through the opening half but could not prevent a second-half surge, falling to the two-time defending NCAA champion, 11-2, on Friday afternoon (Jan. 25) at the Avery Aquatic Center.
Freshman Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) and senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) scored goals for the Wolverines in the first and second quarters, respectively, and Michigan held the Cardinal scoreless in the latter to narrow its deficit to 4-2 at halftime. Stanford responded, however, with three goals in the third and four in the fourth to pull away.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) earned a season-high 10 saves in the Wolverine cage.
Stanford boasted a pair of multi-goal scorers. Olympic gold medalist Melissa Seidemann, who initiated her team's surge with 59 seconds underway in the third quarter, notched five, while Anna Yelizarova scored two.
The Wolverines will close out their California road trip with a pair of games tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 26), heading to San Jose, Calif., to face No. 9 San Jose State at noon PST before facing No. 4 California at 6 p.m. PST in Berkeley, Calif.
Stanford Goals: Melissa Seidemann 5, Anna Yelizarova 2, Kaitlyn Lo, Kiley Neushul, Gurpreet Sohi, Kelsey Suggs
Saves: U-M 10 (Alex Adamson), Stanford 7 (Kate Baldoni)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the Wolverines' performance and effort ... "Considering they were playing the best college team put together on paper, we asked them to battle their best and see what happens. After they scored two quick goals in the first, we called a timeout and then we really picked up and battled. They were running their starters all first half; we were only down 4-2, and I was very happy with that effort. Melissa Siedemann just became too much to handle. That's why she helped USA win a gold medal. They had two quick goals in the first 30 seconds of the second, but that's why they're the number one team. They can strike quickly. In the second half, they slowly wore us out, but we continued to work. All in all, there were some good things we can take from this, and hopefully it benefits us for our games against two very tough teams tomorrow."
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423