Sejna, Golden Shine for Michigan in Losses to SJSU, Cal
Presley Pender

Jan. 27, 2013

Sites: San Jose, Calif. (The Aquatic Center), Berkeley, Calif. (Spieker Aquatics Complex)
Scores: #9 San Jose State 9, #10 Michigan 4; #4 California 14, #10 Michigan 7
Records: U-M (1-6), San Jose State (4-1), California (2-0)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., Feb. 8-10 -- at Triton Invitational (San Diego, Calif.)

BERKELEY, Calif. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan water polo team closed its California road trip with losses to No. 9 San Jose State (9-4) and No. 4 California (14-7) on Saturday (Jan. 26). The Wolverines have faced top-10 competition in each of their last six games.

Freshman Emily Sejna (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) scored a hat trick in the nightcap against the Golden Bears -- the first goals of her collegiate career -- while senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) tallied three goals on the day -- two in the opener at SJSU. Freshman Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) also registered multiple goals, doubling her season total with a tally in each contest.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) earned 13 saves on the day in the Wolverine net, including eight against the Spartans. With the effort, she upped her career save total to 486 to move to second among U-M's all-time leaders in the category.

The Wolverines stayed even with San Jose State through the opening quarter of the afternoon game, behind a pair of Golden goals, and narrowly trailed, 4-3, at halftime, before the Spartans pulled away with five straight markers in the second half. Rae Lekness scored five goals for SJSU, including three in the second half.

Michigan also held an early advantage against California in the evening slate as junior Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos HS) and Pender notched back-to-back goals to give U-M a 2-1 edge midway through the first quarter. The Golden Bears responded with three goals late in the frame, including two from Ashley Young in the final 90 seconds, and surged with three more in the second to lead 7-3 at halftime.

In the third, California pulled ahead 11-3, before Sejna scored twice in the waning moments of the frame before completing the hat trick with just 36 seconds down in the fourth. Young notched her third goal moments later, and Cal added two more late to close the game.

Golden also scored in the fourth quarter for the Wolverines, upping her career goal total to 160 to move to fourth among U-M's all-time scoring leaders.

The Wolverines will take a two-week break before returning to California for UC San Diego's Triton Invitational on Friday-Sunday (Feb. 8-10) in San Diego, Calif.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 3 0 0 1 4
San Jose State 3 1 3 2 9
U-M Goals: Kiki Golden 2, Presley Pender, Gabriella Serure
SJSU Goals: Rae Lekness 5, Timi Molnar 3, Rachael Henry
Saves: U-M8 (Alex Adamson), SJSU 9 (Maddie Reardon)
Ejections: U-M10, SJSU 9

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 2 1 2 2 7
California 4 3 4 3 14
U-M Goals: Emily Sejna 3, Lauren Dudley, Presley Pender, Audrey Pratt, Kiki Golden
California Goals: Ashley Young 3, Breda Vosters 3, Kelly McKee 2, Tiera Schroeder, Dana Ochsner, Kirstn Mase, Missy Hale, Sierra Smiley, Taylor Dodson
Saves: U-M5 (Alex Adamson), Cal 16 (Savanna Smith)


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the California trip ... "We've had seven games against top-10 competition. Fifty percent of our team is freshmen, so they really got thrown into the fire early. We did some good things -- the first half against Stanford yesterday, the first half against San Jose State today. There were some positives tonight against Cal, but they just kept coming at us in waves. They have a very senior-laden group that were physically stronger than a handful of our freshmen. All in all, we've faced a very tough schedule, and that's the only way we're going to get better."

On the opportunity to improve over a two-week break from competition ... "It's going to be very beneficial. We came on the road to teach them to play in this environment. I'm already looking forward to the next couple weeks of practice to work on things and get better before we come back to play more ranked teams in San Diego. They have a much better idea of the things they need to work on to get to the level that we're going to get it -- not that we want to get to, that we are going to get to."

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423