U-M Completes Sweep at Wolverine Invitational
Presley Pender

March 16, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Wolverine Invitational (Day 2)
Results: #18 Michigan 14, Siena 6; #18 Michigan 13, Fresno Pacific 2
Records: U-M (15-10), Siena (4-11), Fresno Pacific (7-14)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 29 -- vs. Indiana (Canham Natatorium), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team wrapped its perfect tournament weekend and extended its win streak to 12 straight games with lopsided wins over Siena, 14-6, and Fresno Pacific, 13-2, on the final day of its Wolverine Invitational on Sunday (March 16) at Canham Natatorium.

Sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) scored five goals, including a career-best four against Siena, an assist and three steals to headline the Wolverines' offensive efforts. Seniors Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis HS) and Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) also posted hat tricks while sophomore Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) registered two goals in each game.

For the second straight day, the Wolverines utilized all three goalkeepers, and the trio combined for 22 saves, including 14 in U-M's finale against Fresno Pacific. Sophomore Hayden Green (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) posted a leading nine saves, while freshman Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) allowed just one goal through two quarters of play.

The Wolverines took advantage of significant early leads in both contests. Michigan led 9-4 at the halftime break in the morning slate against Siena behind scoring bursts early and late in the opening half. Pender and Lanier struck quickly, both scoring in the first minute of the game. Lanier stole the ball at mid-pool, drew the kickout and scored from two meters; she added her second tally on another two-meter shot just minutes later.

Michigan closed the half with three goals in the final 35 seconds. Pender drew a five-meter penalty and successfully converted it herself, while Moore scored on back-to-back counter attacks just 14 seconds apart, completing her hat trick with a backhand shot at the buzzer.

The Wolverines added five goals in the second half, including two apiece from sophomore Kelly Martin (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park HS) and Pender, who netted a pair of outside shots in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.

Michigan jumped out to an even bigger advantage in the Fresno Pacific game, scoring three goals in the first and seven in the second to carry a 10-1 halftime lead. Nine different Wolverines tallied goals against FPU, including seven different goal scorers in the second quarter alone. Kelsey Nolan netted two within a minute window midway through the first quarter before completing her hat trick effort with a one-touch goal in front early in the fourth.

Michigan will take a week hiatus before hosting rival Indiana on Saturday, March 29. The game, U-M's third against the Hoosiers this season, is slated for a noon start Canham Natatorium.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Siena 2 2 1 1 6
Michigan 4 5 2 3 14
Siena Goals: Brianna Ritota 2, Melanie Boehrig, Jacquelyn Verdon
U-M Goals: Presley Pender 4, Hathaway Moore 3, Barbara Lanier 2, Kelly Martin 2, Audrey Pratt, Ali Thomason, Danielle Robinson
Saves: U-M 8 (Hayden Green 3, Julia Campbell 5)
Ejections: U-M 6, Siena 5

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Fresno Pacific 1 0 0 1 2
Michigan 3 7 1 2 13
Fresno Pacific Goals: Kaeli Hanson, Kaitlyn Fletcher
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 3, Barbara Lanier 2, Presley Pender, Kelly Martin, Brittany Kirwan, Ali Thomason, Adurey Pratt, Allison Skaggs, Kaitlyn Cozens, Heidi Moreland
Saves: U-M 14 (Emily Browning 4, Julia Campbell 4, Hayden Green 6)
Ejections: U-M 14, Fresno Pacific 7


• Michigan improved to 41-4 all-time record at the annual Wolverine Invitational, dating back to the 2005 season.

• Michigan's 12-game winning streak is its longest since claiming 22 in a row late in the 2011 season.

• U-M outscored its Wolverine Invitational opposition, 61-21.

• Sophomore Presley Pender's four-goal game vs. Siena also represented her third hat trick of the season. She has posted multiple goals in nine of the last 12 games.

• Senior Kelsey Nolan's hat trick was her team-leading sixth of the season.


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the weekend effort ... "We're coming off spring break and we're in midterms, but we want them to maintain their focus. It's good to be at home. We had our marquee game last night; that was a huge win. Then it's a matter of coming back and playing well this morning. We did a nice job this morning after the first period, and I thought we had a very nice first half this afternoon. Today we focused more on playing three different groups. There were a lot of positives, but there are also still some growth process things. This weekend definitely established the pecking order and how we're going to move forward."

On the defensive play ... "We got very solid goaltending. We had much better one-on-one defense, which was our goal. We were able to play the ball better and get some steals that a month ago we weren't getting.

On their biggest focus going forward ... "Our biggest focus is to focus at this point. We have three games over the next three weeks, so right now they've got to focus on the little things. We don't have time to try to correct during the game or during timeouts, because we want to move forward and give them new challenges. We need to finish out these next three weekends before we get into the championship tournament at a high level."

U-M Senior Kelsey Nolan
On the weekend sweep ... "It was awesome. Everyone's spirits are up; it's nice to get some wins under our belts and keep the streak going. We're excited to move forward from here, taking what we learned over the weekend -- good things and bad things -- and moving forward as we prepare for Easterns."

On the biggest positive from the weekend ... "A lot of people got playing time, including people that normally don't get as much. That's great, because it allows us to deepen our bench for when we're going to really depend on it."

On what U-M can continue to improve looking ahead ... "Offensively, we need to work on executing, especially on our counter attacks. We're getting up on our counters; we've done a lot of conditioning, so we're enough, we're just not finishing. Defensively, we need to minimize stupid kickouts and getting ourselves into kickout trouble. I know I personally have to work on that."

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)