Pender, Beckwith Propel U-M to Trio of ASU Invitational Victories
Presley Pender

March 23, 2013

Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Mona Plummer Aquatic Center)
Event: ASU Invitational (Day 1)
Score: #18 Michigan 12, Colorado State 4; #18 Michigan 13, Pomona 6; #18 Michigan 10, Cal Baptist 4
Records: U-M (12-10), CSU (6-12), PPC (9-12), CB (13-15)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 24 -- vs. La Verne (Tempe, Ariz.), 8:30 a.m. MST

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team swept a busy slate of games on its first day of competition at the ASU Invitational, knocking off Colorado State (12-4), Pomona (13-6) and Cal Baptist (10-4) on Saturday (March 23) at Arizona State's Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Wolverines extended their winning streak to eight straight games.

Freshmen Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) and Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) headlined U-M's offensive efforts, scoring seven goals apiece, including one hat trick each. Seniors Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) and Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro HS) posted five goals each, while Golden added four assists in the Pomona game.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) started all three games, earning 17 saves -- seven in the opener against Colorado State -- and a pair of assists in the Wolverine net. Freshman Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) also posted a save against Pomona.

The Wolverines led from start to finish against CSU, jumping out to a quick early advantage with three goals in the opening four minutes of the game. Colorado State scored on a five-meter penalty late in the first quarter, before U-M scored five straight through the next two frames to extend its advantage. Pender sewed up her hat trick -- the second of her career -- on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 2:41 remaining in the contest.

Michigan scored five goals in the first quarter against Pomona and added another in the second to lead 6-2 at the halftime intermission. Colton scored both her goals in the first three minutes of the third frame, while Beckwith capped her hat trick with the final goal of the contest -- with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.

After using quick starts in their first two games, the Wolverines took the opposite approach in the nightcap against Cal Baptist, scoring five goals in the second half to pull away from the Lancers. Down one midway through the first quarter, Pender evened the score on a five-meter penalty, before U-M tallied three markers in the second to claim a 5-3 halftime lead. Beckwith scored two in quick succession in the third as part of a four-goal run. Michigan wrapped the game with two unanswered goals late in the fourth.

The Wolverines (12-10) will close out the ASU Invitational tomorrow (Sunday, March 24), facing La Verne at 8:30 a.m. MST.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Colorado State 1 0 1 0 2
Michigan 3 2 3 4 12
U-M Goals: Presley Pender 3, Bryce Beckwith 2, Lauren Colton 2, Kiki Golden, Lauren Thatcher, Kelsey Nolan, Julia Riemersma, Lauren Thatcher, Ali Thomason
CSU Goals: Ariel Arcidiacono 2, Shelby Shaefer, Stephanie Weed
Saves: U-M 7 (Alex Adamson), CSU 10 (Melissa Fisher)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 6, CSU 7

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Pomona 2 0 2 2 6
Michigan 5 1 5 2 13
U-M Goals: Bryce Beckwith 3, Presley Pender 2, Lauren Colton 2, Kiki Golden 2, Lauren Dudley 2, Ali Thomason, Audrey Pratt
Pomona Goals: Ariel Arcidiacono 2, Shelby Shaefer, Stephanie Weed
Saves: U-M 7 (Alex Adamson 6, Julia Campbell 1), Pomona 9 (Sarah Tuggy)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 7, Pomona 2

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Cal Baptist 2 1 0 1 4
Michigan 2 3 3 2 10
U-M Goals: Presley Pender 3, Bryce Beckwith 2, Kiki Golden 2, Ali Thomason 2, Lauren Colton
CBU Goals: Molly Grtichen 2, Hannah Evans, Laura Kocsis
Saves: U-M 4 (Alex Adamson 4, Julia Campbell, Hayden Green), CBU 11 (LeticiaPerez)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 11, CBU 6

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423