Wolverines Defeat Crimson, Marist at Harvard Invitational
Presley Pender

March 8, 2014

Site: Cambridge, Mass. (Blodgett Pool)
Event: Harvard Invitational (Day 1 of 2)
Results: #20 Michigan 16, Harvard 10; #20 Michigan 13, Marist 8
Records: U-M (9-10), Harvard (7-4), Marist (4-11)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 9 -- vs. San Diego State - Harvard Invitational (Cambridge, Mass.), 2:15 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan water polo team extended its win streak to six straight games, opening the Harvard Invitational with wins against host Harvard, 16-10, and Marist, 13-8, on Saturday (March 8) at the Crimson's Blodgett Pool.

Five different Wolverine players registered hat tricks on the day -- senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS), senior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis HS) and sophomore Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) posted three goals apiece against the host Crimson, while freshman Allison Skaggs (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) tallied four goals and sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) netted three against Marist. Skaggs matched a career-best four goals in the nightcap; she and Nolan have netted four hat tricks apiece in U-M's last six games.

Freshman Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Ill./El Toro HS) earned the bulk of time in net, combining for 13 saves in two appearances, including seven in the opener against Harvard.

The Wolverines carried a narrow one-goal lead out of a high-scoring first quarter against the host Crimson. With the scored knotted at four apiece late into the frame, Thomason and sophomore Kelly Martin (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) scored on back-to-back possessions -- both on 6-on-5 opportunities. In all, U-M went 4-for-4 on power-player chances in the opening period.

U-M pulled away with four goals in the second quarter and held a 10-7 advantage at the halftime break. Nolan netted her second and third goals, scoring on an early breakaway and on a late two-meter shot, to complete her fourth hat trick in five games. Moore also scored a pair of goal in the frame, including a one-touch tally on a pass from junior Elizabeth Williams (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) late in the frame.

Moore took advantage of an early 6-on-5 opportunity to complete her hat trick early in the third quarter. Thomason followed suit with two more goals of her own, netting her third of the contest on a skip shot from outside midway through the frame.

The Wolverines added three more goals, including two from Pender, while holding Harvard scoreless in the fourth. Pender scored on an early five-meter penalty before capitalizing on a Wolverine 6-on-4 opportunity.

Skaggs scored four of the Wolverines' first five goals in the nightcap against Marist, netting three in the opening five minutes of the contest before adding another on a counter-attack give-and-go in the first minute of the second.

The Red Foxes scored two goals late in the first frame to narrow U-M's lead to one goal, but the Wolverines surged ahead with four tallies in the second frame, including two from Pender, who converted on a counter-attack lob shot early and a buzzer-beater from mid-pool.

Michigan padded its advantage with a five-goal third period. Pender completed her hat trick on another outside shot early in the quarter.

U-M will wrap up its Harvard Invitational appearance tomorrow (Sunday, March 9), taking on No. 16-ranked San Diego State at 2:15 p.m. in Blodgett Pool.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (8-10)
Harvard (7-4)
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 3, Hathaway Moore 3, Ali Thomason 3, Presley Pender 2, Allison Skaggs, Audrey Pratt, Elizabeth Williams, Kelly Martin, Brittany Kirwan
Harvard Goals: Yoshi Andersen 3, Shayna Price 3, Charlotte Hendrix 2, Michelle Martinelli 2
Saves: U-M 8 (Emily Browning 7, Julia Campbell 1), Harvard 6 (Ariel Dukes)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan (9-10)
Marist (4-11)
U-M Goals: Allison Skaggs 4, Presley Pender 3, Danielle Robinson, Kelsey Nolan, Audrey Pratt, Kelly Martin, Ali Thomason, Brittany Kirway
Marist Goals: Jessica Hamby 2, Hannah Levien 2, Anna-Lena Hathaway 2, Jocelyn McQuade
Saves: U-M 4 (Emily Browning), Marist 7 (Skyler Henry)

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)