March 2, 2012
Site: Erie, Pa. (Carneval Athletic Pavilion)
Score: #9 Michigan 15, Gannon 4
Records: Michigan (6-8, 1-0 CWPA), Gannon (2-7, 0-1 CWPA)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 9 -- vs. Hartwick - exhibition (Oneonta, N.Y.), Time TBA
ERIE, Pa. -- The ninth-ranked University of Michigan water polo team used eight first-half goals to power a 15-4 win at Gannon to start conference play on Friday (March 2) at the Carneval Athletic Pavilion.
Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland) tacked on a hat trick, with Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) and Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) striking in two goals apiece. Eleven players notched at least a goal in the scorebook.
In the first quarter, Nolan scored two goals, while Colton and Dudley each added one to put Michigan on top early, 4-1.
Defensively, U-M held the Lady Knights scoreless in the second period while posting scores from Lauren Thatcher (Canyon Lake, Calif./Temescal Canyon), Elizabeth Watson (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde), Laura Milstead (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Santa Monica) and Ryanne O'Donnell (Northbrook, Ill./New Trier).
The Wolverines led 8-1 at the half with a complete defensive effort from Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville). Golden finished with three steals and Cobb had two.
All three goalkeepers saw action, with Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) picking up the win, recording two assists and two steals. Tara Brigham (Baytown, Texas/Sterling) played the third quarter and finished with one save. Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) closed out the game, tallying three saves, two assists and one steal.
After both teams scored two points in the third, Michigan stayed out in front with an 8-3 lead. In the fourth frame, Michigan outscored Gannon, 5-1, behind another score from Colton, Cobb and Dudley. Ellis O'Connor (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) and Natalie Naruns (Los Altos, Calif./St. Francis) each added a goal to help U-M seal the win.
Next, Michigan will meet Hartwick in exhibition play on Friday, March 9, at Moyer Pool in Oneonta, N.Y.
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 3, Lauren Colton 2, Lauren Dudley 2, Lauren Thatcher, Elizabeth Williams, Elizabeth Watson, Laura Milstead, Ellis O'Connor, Ryanne O'Donnell, Natalie Naruns, Meagan Cobb
GAN Goals: Collen Harriger 2, Emily Sullivan, Tricia Gajewski
Saves: U-M 4 (Alex Adamson, Morgan Turner 3, Tara Brigham 1), GAN 11 (Janelle Bartman 11)
Ejections: U-M 3, GAN 8