U-M Hangs On to Edge Hawaii, Finish Seventh at UC Irvine
Laura Jimenez

Feb. 26, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Michigan took seventh place in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational with an 8-7 win over Hawaii.
» Kim Johnson scored a pair of goals, extending her streak of two-goal games to four.
» Six of Heidi Ritner's 13 saves came during the third period.

Site: Irvine, Calif. (UC Irvine Aquatic Center)
Event: Barbara Kalbus Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
Score: #8 Michigan 8, #7 Hawaii 7 (Seventh-Place Game)
Records: U-M (10-7), Hawaii (8-7)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 4 -- vs. UC Davis - Wolverine Invitational (Canham Natatorium), 11:20 a.m.

IRVINE, Calif. -- The No. 8 University of Michigan water polo team used a 7-2 scoring run to overcome an early two-goal deficit and hung on for an 8-7 victory over No. 7 Hawaii on Sunday (Feb. 26) at the UC Irvine Aquatic Center. U-M finished seventh in the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, going 2-2 against strong opponents all ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Seven different Wolverines scored Sunday, led by Kim Johnson with a pair of tallies. Heidi Ritner made 13 saves in goal for Michigan, including six during the third period as part of a nearly 12-minute scoreless stretch for the Rainbow Wahine.

In a back-and-forth first half, Michigan trailed 3-1 early in the second quarter before a goal from Maddy Steere and 6-on-5 tallies from Danielle Johnson and Kim Johnson knotted the score, 4-4, heading to intermission.

The third quarter was pivotal, as Michigan scored twice while holding Hawaii scoreless as Ritner stopped six Rainbow Wahine shots. The Wolverines snagged their first lead of the game when Caroline Anderson scored with 6:44 left in the third period, and two minutes later Laura Jimenez's 6-on-5 goal made it 6-4.

After Hawaii scored early in the fourth quarter, Allison Skaggs immediately answered to regain the two-goal margin, and Julia Sellers put U-M up three, 8-5, with 2:54 left to play. Hawaii scored at 1:44 and 1:08 to draw within one, but the Wolverines held on for the victory.

Michigan will host the Wolverine Invitational next Saturday and Sunday (March 4-5) at Canham Natorium. U-M will play twice each day, starting with games Saturday against UC Davis (11:20 a.m.) and Arizona State (4:10 p.m.). Admission is free.

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