Wolverines Nip No. 19 Cal Baptist, Lose to No. 15 IU
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Feb. 22, 2014

Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center)
Event: Fluid Four
Score: Michigan 7, #19 Cal Baptist 6; #15 Indiana 12, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (3-10), Cal Baptist (7-7), Indiana (10-2)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 28 -- vs. UC Santa Barbara - Cal Lutheran Invitational (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 10:30 a.m. PST

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan water polo team split its games at the annual Fluid Four, defeating No. 19 Cal Baptist, 7-6, before falling to No. 15 rival Indiana, 12-5, on Saturday (Feb. 22) at the Hoosiers' Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.

Senior captain Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) headlined the offensive effort with three goals on the day, including two in the opener against CBU. Sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) also netted a pair of goals against the Lancers and two assists in the tournament.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) played the entirety of both games in the Wolverine net, combining for 17 saves, including nine in the winning effort against Cal Baptist. In that game, the U-M rookie boasted four stops in the third quarter and two on late 6-on-5 opportunities.

The Wolverines took advantage of an early lead to edge CBU in the morning slate. After sacrificing its initial lead, Michigan scored twice in the final 90 seconds of the quarter, including an outside rocket from Kelsey Nolan with just five second remaining, to retake the lead, which it held for the remainder of the contest.

Nolan netted her second goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity midway through the second quarter before the two teams traded goals in the third. Pender scored for the Wolverines, reestablishing her team's two-goal cushion with a cross-cage lob shot.

Freshman Jamie Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) padded the Wolverines' lead to three on a cross-cage shot early in the fourth quarter before Cal Baptist scored on back-to-back 6-on-5 opportunities to pull within one midway through the frame. U-M responded quickly, however, drawing a five-meter penalty just 13 seconds later, and Pender successfully converted, sending a skip shot past the Lancer goalkeeper. Pender also came up with a big field block along the left post in the final minute of play as Michigan held on for the win.

Michigan fell behind early against the Hoosiers and could not recover, giving up four goals apiece in the first and second quarters. Sophomore Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) scored U-M's lone early goal, drawing an early first-quarter kickout before finishing on the ensuing 6-on-5 opportunity.

The Wolverines netted two goals in both the third and fourth quarters, but Indiana responded in kind to maintain its sizable lead. U-M went 2-for-2 on power-play chances in the third frame, earning goals from Kelsey Nolan and junior Elizabeth Williams (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS), while a pair of freshmen scored in the fourth, including Kaitlyn Cozens (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) for her first collegiate tally.

The Wolverines (3-10) will head back to the west coast next weekend for a four-game slate at the Cal Lutheran Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif. On Friday (Feb. 28), U-M will face UC Santa Barbara (10:30 a.m. PST) and Azusa Pacific (3:30 p.m.) before wrapping up with Saturday (March 1) game against Whittier (1 p.m.) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (2:15 p.m.). All Michigan games will be played at the Samuelson Aquatics Center.




GAME SUMMARIES

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (3-9)
3
1
1
2
7
Cal Baptist (7-7)
2
0
1
3
6
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Presley Pender 2, Audrey Pratt, Ali Thomason, Jamie Nolan
CBU Goals: Laura Kocsis 3, Hannah Evans, Christina Young, Jessica Castellano
Saves: U-M 9 (Emily Browning), CBU 9 (Meghan Rowland)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (3-10)
1
0
2
2
5
Indiana (10-2)
4
4
2
2
12
U-M Goals: Barbara Lanier, Elizabeth Williams, Kelsey Nolan, Kaitlyn Cozens, Heidi Moreland
IU Goals: Rebecca Gerrity 3, Shae Fournier 2, Shelby Taylor 2, Alison Campbell 2, Alexis Jones, Colleen McNaught, Carson Nestler
Saves: U-M 8 (Emily Browning), IU 13 (Jessica Gaudreault)


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the win against Cal Baptist ... "We didn't have a lot of information on them. They're ranked and have had some good wins this year. The girls knew they had to follow what we wanted to do, because we have much else to go on. I liked that we controlled the game for about 28 minutes; that was outstanding. So, kudos to the girls for sticking to the game plan and playing very well."

On the difference between the games ... "We freelanced too much in tonight's game. We seemed more worried about what Indiana was going to do. You can't do that. We're spending a lot of time on John Wooden and his teachings. Don't worry about what the other team it going to do. Focus on what you do well. That's what we did against Cal Baptist. Tonight we were on our heels rather than dictating the pace of the game."

On the preparation for next weekend's California trip ... "We want players that want to be aggressive. We can't sit back and wait; we need to be aggressive. So, we need those players to step up."

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)

   

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