Wolverines Take 10th Place at Triton Invitational
Lauren Colton

Feb. 10, 2013

Sites: San Diego, Calif. (Canyonview Aquatic Center)
Event: Triton Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
Scores: #10 Michigan 15, Cal State East Bay 12; #15 Loyola Marymount 9, #10 Michigan 7
Records: U-M (3-8), Cal State East Bay (2-5), Loyola Marymount (6-4)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 23 -- at Hoosier Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan water polo team finished in 10th place at the Triton Invitational after splitting its second-day contests, defeating Cal State East Bay, 15-12, before falling to No. 15 Loyola Marymount, 9-7, on Sunday (Feb. 10) at UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center. The Wolverines went 2-2 on the weekend.

Senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) posted six goals on the day, including a season-best five markers in the morning slate against Cal State East Bay, which also featured hat tricks from freshmen Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) and Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS). Seven different Wolverine players scored goals in the nightcap against Loyola Marymount.

The Wolverines took advantage of a three-goal second quarter to overcome CSUEB before surging ahead with five goals in the third. Michigan scored three unanswered goals to close the opening half, including two from Beckwith, going ahead for good at the 2:52 mark in the frame.

After Cal State East Bay pulled within one goal three times in the third quarter, the Wolverines scored five straight goals -- three in the final minute of the third and two in the opening two minutes of the fourth to ice the contest. In addition to Golden, Beckwith and Pender's multi-goal efforts, senior Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro HS) posted a pair of goals, collecting her second in the first minute of the final frame.

Michigan held narrow one-goal leads twice in the first half of the Loyola Marymount game, but the Lions never trailed in the second. The contest was deadlocked six different times, including midway through the fourth quarter, before the Lions scored twice late -- at the 4:49 and 7:12 marks -- to pull away. U-M posted three goals in the final frame, including the first collegiate tally from freshman Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS), who evened the score at 7-7 with 4:34 remaining on the clock.

The Wolverines will take a two-week break before returning to action at the Hoosier Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Counsilman-Billingsley Center in Bloomington, Ind.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 3 3 5 4 15
Cal State East Bay 3 1 3 5 12
U-M Goals: Kiki Golden 5, Bryce Beckwith 3, Presley Pender 3, Lauren Colton 2, Elizabeth Williams, Lauren Dudley
CSUEB Goals: Sara Hudyn 6, Claire Pierce 2, Allison Zell, Julia Charlesworth, Jennifer Lightbody
Saves: U-M5 (Alex Adamson), CSUEB 8 (Marrina Nation)
Ejections: U-M12, CSUEB 13

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 2 2 0 3 7
Loyola Marymount 2 3 1 3 9
U-M Goals: Kelly Martin, Ali Thomason, Elizabeth Williams, Kiki Golden, Lauren Thatcher, Danielle Robinson, Barbara Lanier
LMU Goals: Alexandra Honny 3, Laura Lopez 2, Ivana Castro 2, Erin Byrne, Mackenzie Beck
Ejections: U-M13, LMU 12


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the Wolverines' weekend ... "We, without a doubt, got so much better this weekend. We changed the playing rotation around, and some girls stepped up big time. Where we are now from the beginning of the weekend, we just improved so much. That was good to see. The final game was frustrating. We had a couple of head-scratching calls that resulted in us having to play about half the game without Kiki [Golden]. The benefit of that was that players like Barbara Lanier, Presley Pender, Kelly Martin and Ali Thomason really had to step up and try to take charge, and they did. So, from where we were three weeks ago, we just look different, we're playing different, and that's in a good sense. I'm disappointed with 2-2, but I'm okay being 2-2 knowing we got that much better, and we're starting to hit our stride."

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423