Wolverines Drop Opening Games at Stanford Invite
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Feb. 1, 2014

Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Avery Aquatic Center)
Event: Stanford Invitational (Day 1 of 2)
Score: #3 UCLA 12, #16 Michigan 3; #14 San Jose State 14, #16 Michigan 6
Records: U-M (1-4), UCLA (9-0), SJSU (8-3)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 2 -- vs. California - Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.), 9:10 a.m. PST

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan water polo team dropped its opening games at the Stanford Invitational to ranked opposition, falling to No. 3 UCLA, 12-3, and No. 14 San Jose State, 14-6, on Saturday (Feb. 1) at the Cardinal's Avery Aquatic Center.

Senior captain Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) posted three goals on the day, including two in the opener against UCLA. Senior captain Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) registered a goal and two steals in the Bruin contest, while six different Wolverines tallied goals in the second slate against San Jose State, including freshman Heidi Moreland (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla HS), who scored her first collegiate marker.

Sophomore Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) and freshman Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) each earned a start in the Wolverine net. Campbell posted a career-best 12 saves against the Bruins, while Browning tallied eight saves against SJSU.

The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the day's first game, breaking a scoreless tie with two goals midway through the first quarter before a third in the waning seconds of the frame. Pratt put U-M on board with a late goal of her own on the Wolverines' first 6-on-5 opportunity of the contest.

UCLA took advantage of several power-player chances to surge ahead in the second and third quarters as both Becca Dorst and Rachel Fattal completed hat-trick efforts. Kelsey Nolan scored her goals in the second and fourth frames, finishing on a reverse shot before adding another in the waning seconds of the game. It was Nolan's third multi-goal game this season.

Michigan kept pace through the early minutes of the SJSU slate as Kelsey Nolan and junior Danielle Robinson (Burnaby, B.C./York House School) posted goals to even the score at two apiece midway through the first quarter. SJSU surged ahead with six goals before halftime to claim an 8-3 advantage at the break.

The Spartans padded their lead with three unanswered goals in the third and two more early in the fourth, before Michigan cut the final gap with three goals late in the contest. Freshman Jamie Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) converted on a five-meter penalty shot, while Moreland and sophomore Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) closed out the Wolverines' scoring.

Michigan will close out the Stanford Invitational with two games tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 2) at the Avery Aquatic Center. U-M will face No. 4-ranked California at 9:10 a.m. PST before its final placement game at 1 p.m.


GAME SUMMARIES

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (1-3)
1
1
0
1
3
UCLA (9-0)
3
4
4
1
12

U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Audrey Pratt
UCLA Goals: Becca Dorst 4, Rachel Fattal 3, Mackenzie Barr, Danielle Ferraro, India Forster, Alexa Tielmann, Alys Williams
U-M Saves: 12 (Julia Campbell)
UCLA Saves: 2 (Sami Hill)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (1-4)
2
1
0
3
6
San Jose State (8-3)
4
4
3
3
14

U-M Goals: Barbara Lanier, Heidi Moreland, Jamie Nolan, Presley Pender, Kelsey Nolan, Danielle Robinson
SJSU Goals: Rachel Henry 2, Rae Lekness 2, Timi Molnar 2, Bianca Seyfert 2, Victoria Smith 2, Clara Espar, Kelli Leabo, Najelah Najdawi, Cara Robinson
U-M Saves: 8 (Emily Browning)
SJSU Saves: 9 (Maddie Reardon)

Contact: Leah Howard (763) 763-4423

   

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