Orth's Overtime Heroics Highlight Two-Win Friday

Jan. 28, 2011

Game Summaries | Notes & Quotes

Site: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Campus Pool)
#7 Michigan 11, #12 UC Santa Barbara 10 (2OT); #7 Michigan 12, Concordia (Calif.) 6
Records: U-M (4-2), UCSB (3-1), Concordia (0-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 29 -- vs. UC San Diego - UCSB Winter Invitational (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 10:55 a.m. PST; vs. UC-Irvine - UCSB Winter Invitational (Santa Barbara, Calif.), 3:35 p.m. PST

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) scored in sudden-victory overtime to propel the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team past No. 12-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 11-10, on Friday (Jan. 28) at UCSB's Campus Pool. Following a short turnaround, the Wolverines defeated Concordia (Calif.), 12-6, in the afternoon contest.

Junior Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) and sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) split both games in the cage. Adamson earned both victories, making 10 saves, while Turner stopped nine shots.

Five different Wolverines registered multi-goal games on the day, led by the freshman trio of Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos), Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland) and Sophie Høegh (Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades). Meanwhile, freshman Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) tallied a playmaker (three assists) in the back half of the doubleheader.

The Wolverines' first win in eight tries against the Gauchos required three extra periods. Michigan jumped ahead to a 9-8 lead with 1:36 left in the first overtime period on a goal from junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville). UCSB responded with two in the second bonus frame and looked to be denying Michigan its win as the clock ran down. With one second remaining, sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) drew a foul just outside five meters and struck for the tying goal. Early in sudden victory, Adamson tried to send senior Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) on a breakaway, but she was hauled under, drawing a five-meter penalty. Orth took the shot, skipping it into the back of the cage to give the Maize and Blue the win.

Michigan was chasing UCSB for the first three periods, entering the final frame down 6-5 when the Wolverine offense ignited. Pratt tied the game 32 seconds into the period on a rocket through the hand of the UCSB goalie. The teams then exchanged leads until Michigan jumped ahead 8-6 on a counter-attack marker from sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista). The Gauchos erased the deficit just in time, scoring with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

In the second game of the day, the Wolverines got a boost from Høegh in the second quarter to the tune of two goals to carry an 8-4 lead into the break. The Wolverines remained in control in the second half, cruising to the 12-6 victory.

Michigan opens the UCSB Winter Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 28) with No. 18 UC San Diego at 10:55 a.m. PST before facing No. 10-ranked UC-Irvine at 3:35 p.m. PST. Both contests will be played at UC Santa Barbara's Campus Pool.


By Period 1 2 3 4 OT OT OT2 F
Michigan 1 2 1 4 1 1 1 11
UC Santa Barbara 2 2 1 3 0 2 0 10
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Sarah Roberts 2, Alison Mantel, Kiki Golden, Lauren Colton, Audrey Pratt, Meagan Cobb, Keller Felt, Lauren Orth.
UCSB Goals: Christie Clark 3, Kathryn Nelson 3, Shelby Haroldson 2, Kristin Kulakowski, Claire Buchanan
Saves: U-M 9 (Morgan Turner 5; Alex Adamson 4), UCSB 15 (Ruth Milne)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 3 6 2 1 12
Concordia 2 2 1 1 6
U-M Goals: Lauren Dudley 2, Sophie Høegh 2, Cara Reitz 2, Alison Mantel, Kiki Golden, Hathaway Moore, Claire Ivry, Audrey Pratt, Lauren Orth.
CI Goals: Lybov Tchougounova 4, Katherine Manderino, Sheri Gallegos.
Saves: U-M 10 (Alex Adamson 6; Morgan Turner 4), CI (Lauren Biberston 5, Chante Lundskog 6)


• Michigan improved to 1-7 all-time against UC Santa Barbara.

• Michigan played in sudden-victory overtime for the first time since April 10, 2009, when it upset San Diego State, 9-8.

• The Wolverines improved to 5-2 all-time in sudden-victory overtime.

• Sophomore Alex Adamson made 10 saves on the day to pass Sally Stone (167, 2005-06) for sixth on the all-time list. Adamson has 175 career stops.

• Adamson claimed both wins on the day, improving to 21-7 on her career. She becomes the fourth Wolverine goalkeeper to reach the 20-win plateau.

• Junior Morgan Turner became the fourth U-M goalkeeper to eclipse the 200-save plateau. She has now made 204 saves in 39 career games. She is the third-fastest Wolverine netminder to reach the mark.

• Freshman Sophie Høegh scored her first career goal in the win against Concordia (Calif.).


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the UCSB game ... "I knew coming out here into this environment that UC Santa Barbara was going to be ready. The key was that we scored those two goals before half. Down 4-1, we got two goals by (Alison) Mantel and Sarah Roberts to pull back to within 4-3. That was a huge reason we were able to get the lead in the fourth quarter. (UCSB) made a great comeback to tie it. Our five-man (penalty kill) got a lot of work and it stepped up and made key saves when we need it. Fortunately, in overtime we were able to keep up our speed and make some good counters that eventually led to the five-meter that won it. It was a great game -- very exciting. It showed a lot of character and heart to make a comeback like this against a good team in their home pool."