Lanier's Five-Goal Game the Sparkle of 1-1 Day for Wolverines
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MGOBLUE Barbara Lanier
Barbara Lanier

Feb. 16, 2014

Site: Lewisburg, Pa. (Kinney Natatorium)
Event: Bison Invitational (Day 1 of 2)
Score: #13 UC San Diego 13, #20 Michigan 7; #20 Michigan 9, #20 Wagner 8
Records: U-M (2-7), UCSD (7-2), Wagner (5-5)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 16 -- vs. Hartwick - Bison Invitational (Lewisburg, Pa.), 9:15 a.m.

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan water polo team rallied from an early deficit to defeat fellow No. 20 Wagner, 9-8, after falling to No. 13 UC San Diego, 13-7, on the first day of competition at the Bison Invitational on Saturday (Feb. 15) at Kinney Natatorium.

Freshman Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) headlined the Wolverine offensive effort with six goals on the day, including a career-high five tallies in the opener against UCSD. Sophomores Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) and Kelly Martin (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) both posted multiple goals against Wagner with Thomason netting her second hat trick of the season and Martin scoring two. Thomason also recorded a goal against the Tritons.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) posted six saves, including two on 6-on-5 opportunities on the final two minutes, en route to the win in the nightcap against Wagner, while sophomore Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) earned four saves in goal against UC San Diego.

Down two goals midway through the thirdquarter against the Seahawks, Michigan surged with three tallies in the final 3:19 of the frame to take a 7-6 advantage into the final quarter. Sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) initiated the rally with a successful five-meter penalty before Thomason and Martin added late scores -- the latter with just 11 seconds remaining.

Wagner evened the score midway through the fourth, but senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) and Lanier responded with back-to-back goals -- the former on a 6-on-5 opportunity and the latter immediately after U-M turned away a Seahawk power play. Wagner drew two more consecutive exclusions just under the two-minute mark, but Browning came up with a pair of big saves as the Wolverines held on for the win.

The Wolverines were doomed by a slow start against UCSD, who scored five goals in the first quarter and three more in the second to build an 8-3 halftime lead in the opening game.

Lanier scored three of her five goals in the final quarter, including a late five-meter penalty, to narrow the final score. She posted four hat tricks last season as a rookie; her previous career-high goal tally is four.

The Wolverines will close out play the Bison Invitational with a pair of games tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 16), taking CWPA Western Division rival No. 20 Hartwick at 9:15 a.m. before wrapping up against No. 8 Princeton at 2:15 p.m.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (1-7)
UC San Diego (7-2)
U-M Goals: Barbara Lanier 5, Allison Skaggs, Ali Thomason
UCSD Goals: Sarah Lizotte 4, Julia Kirkland 3, Melissa Bartow 2, Rachel Brooks, Alexis Wieseler, Leah Gonzales, Laurel Kistler
U-M Saves: 4 (Julia Campbell)
UCSD Saves: 9 (Courtney Miller)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (2-7)
Wagner (5-5)
U-M Goals: Ali Thomason 3, Kelly Martin 2, Audrey Pratt, Presley Pender, Kelsey Nolan, Barbara Lanier
Wagner Goals: Jessica Burdge 3, Megan Rodriguez 2, Lily Doerfler 2, Jess Lundgren
U-M Saves: 6 (Emily Browning)
Wagner Saves: 6 (Emily Riddle)

Contact: Leah Howard (763) 763-4423


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