Wolverines Take Eighth Place at Stanford Invitational
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Kelsey Nolan
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Feb. 2, 2014

Site: Palo Alto, Calif. (Avery Aquatic Center)
Event: Stanford Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
Score: #4 California 9, #16 Michigan 6; #17 UC Davis 9, #16 Michigan 5
Records: U-M (1-6), UCLA (8-1), UC Davis (2-4)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., Feb. 15-16 -- at Bison Invitational (Lewisburg, Pa.)

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan water polo team dropped its final two games of the Stanford Invitational, losing to No. 4 California, 9-6, before falling to No. 17 UC Davis, 9-5, in the seventh-place contest on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 2) at the Cardinal's Avery Aquatic Center.

Senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) scored five goals on the day, including her first season hat trick against UC Davis, to headline the Wolverines' offensive efforts. She boasts five multi-goal efforts already this season. Freshman Allison Skaggs (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) also scored one goal in each game, upping her season total to five.

Sophomore Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) and freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) each started a game in the Wolverine net. Campbell posted a nine saves against Cal, upping her weekend two-game total to 21, while Browning earned three stops in the second slate against UC Davis.

The Wolverines lost a heartbreaker against Cal, jumping out to a two-goal lead at halftime before the Golden Bears surged to steal the game in the fourth quarter. The teams traded goals in the first quarter with scoring first on a cross-cage shot from sophomore Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) in the opening 90 seconds and later evening the score at two apiece on a Nolan shot high over the goalkeeper's head.

Michigan again scored early and late in the second frame -- the latter goal on a Skaggs cross-cage reverse shot in front -- to pull ahead at the intermission break. But Cal rallied with three goals in the third to even the score before pulling away with three more in the fourth.

Michigan also held close with UC Davis through the opening half, narrowly trailing 4-3 at the break. Sophomore Kelly Martin (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) scored the game's first goal on a counter attack midway through the first and Kelsey Nolan added a 6-on-5 marker to even the score in the waning seconds of the frame. After a UCD goal, Skaggs scored on another power play goal late in second, but the Aggies responded in the final minute of the half.

UC Davis pulled away late in the third quarter, scoring three unanswered goals in the final two minutes of the frame, before the teams traded markers in the fourth to keep the margin at four.

The Wolverines (1-6) will take two weeks to prepare for the Bison Invitational, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, in Lewisburg, Pa.


GAME SUMMARIES

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (1-5)
2
3
1
0
6
California (8-1)
2
1
3
3
9
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Jamie Nolan, Elizabeth Williams, Allison Skaggs, Ali Thomason
Cal Goals: Dora Antal 6, Kelly McKee, Anna Illes, Emily Loughlin
U-M Saves: 9 (Julia Campbell)
Cal Saves: 4 (Kathleen Menz)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (1-6)
2
1
1
1
5
UC Davis (2-4)
2
2
4
1
9
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 3, Kelly Martin, Allison Skaggs
UCD Goals: Ariel Arcidacono 2, Keelia Houston 2, Allyson Hansen 2, Katrina Husted, Erin Schlueter, Hannah Curran
U-M Saves: 3 (Emily Browning)
UCD Saves:3 (Haley Cameron)

Contact: Leah Howard (763) 763-4423