Feb. 26, 2012
Site: Irvine, Calif. (Anteater Aquatics Complex)
Event: UC Irvine Invitational (Day 1)
Scores: #12 Michigan 9, #6 Hawai'i 8; #3 UCLA 13, #12 Michigan 3
Records: Michigan (5-6), Hawai'i (2-4), UCLA (10-1)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 26 -- vs. Loyola Marymount - UC Irvine Invitational (Irvine, Calif.), 9:15 a.m. PST
IRVINE, Calif. -- The 12th-ranked University of Michigan water polo team opened day one of the UC Irvine Invitational with a 9-8 win over No. 6 Hawai'i before dropping game two on the day with a 13-3 loss to No. 3 UCLA on Saturday (Feb. 25) at the Anteater Aquatics Complex.
Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) scored four points on the day. Lauren Thatcher (Canyon Lake, Calif./Temescal Canyon) recorded her first career hat trick, with Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro) scoring one goal in each game.
In the first game of the day, Golden and Thatcher recorded hat tricks to guide Michigan to its second win all-time against the Rainbow Wahine. With the score tied at four during the intermission, U-M outscored Hawai'i 4-3 in the third quarter and used a late penalty to tough out the victory, with both teams scoring goals in the fourth quarter.
Offensively, Claire Ivry (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte), Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) and Colton each scored a goal, with Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) posting nine saves in the cage.
UCLA's nine goals in the second half were the deciding factor in game two. After trailing 4-2 at the break, Michigan fell behind 8-2 at the end of the third period as a result of four unanswered goals in the period. U-M added one more goal in the fourth period but could not climb out the hole, with the Bruins adding five scores in the final frame.
Golden, Colton and Katie Hazelrigg (Rolling Hills, Calif./Chadwick) put Michigan on the scoreboard with a goal apiece. Goalie Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) returned to the pool, posting 11 saves.
Next, the Wolverines will start day two of the UC Irvine Invitational when they face No. 10 Loyola Marymount. The game is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. PST. Depending on the outcome, U-M will either face No. 9 San Diego State or No. 5 Arizona in its final game of the tournament.
Hawai'i Goals: Amarens Genee 5, Emily Scott 2, Sivan Pardon
Saves: U-M 9 (Alex Adamson), HAW 5 (Serena Reid)
UCLA Goals: Emily Greenwood 3, KK Clark 3, Gisselle Naranjo 2, Nicole Barker 2, Becca Dorst, Sarah Orozco, Emily Donohoe
Saves: U-M 11 (Morgan Turner 11), UCLA 9 (Dement 7, Wilkey 2)
N O T E S
Kiki Golden surpassed 100 career goals (102) after recording a hat trick against Hawai'i.
Michigan improves to 2-10 versus Hawai'i and falls to 0-10 against UCLA in the all-time series.
In the UC Irvine Invitational, Michigan now holds a 6-12 record.
Michigan now has defeated two ranked opponents this season and is now 2-6 against teams ranked in the top 20.
The win against Hawai'i was the first time Michigan defeated a team ranked higher in the national poll this season.
The last time Michigan defeated Hawai'i was on Feb. 7, 2010, in double overtime, 11-10.
The last time Michigan defeated a higher ranked team in the national poll was Jan. 22, 2011, when it handed No. 7 San Jose State a 9-7 loss during the Michigan Kick-Off.