Wolverines Rout La Verne to Complete ASU Invitational Sweep
MGOBLUE Bryce Beckwith
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Bryce Beckwith
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March 24, 2013

Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Mona Plummer Aquatic Center)
Event: ASU Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
Score: #18 Michigan 20, La Verne 2
Records: U-M (13-10), La Verne (9-13)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 30 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Completing the weekend sweep, the No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team cruised past La Verne, 20-2, in its final game of the ASU Invitational on Sunday morning (March 24) at Arizona State's Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Wolverines extended their winning streak to nine straight games.

Twelve Wolverine players scored in the contest. Junior Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos HS), junior Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) and freshman Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) all tallied hat tricks. It was Beckwith's second hat trick of the tournament, upping her weekend goal total to 10. Senior Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro HS) and freshman Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) also registered multi-goal efforts with two markers apiece, and Thomason led the Wolverines with three assists.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) and freshman Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) split time in goal from Michigan. Adamson earned three saves in the opening quarter, while Campbell played the remainder of the contest, tallying four saves and two assists while holding La Verne to just one goal through the final 24 minutes.

The Wolverines jumped out to a commanding lead with seven goals in the opening quarter, including two in the first minute of the contest, and added a goal early in the second to hold an 8-1 lead at halftime. Colton netted both of her goals in the opening two minutes.

Pratt completed her hat trick on a 6-on-5 opportunity late in the third quarter, while Beckwith and Dudley both wrapped up their three-goal efforts early in the fourth -- Dudley in the final minute of the contest.

The Wolverines (13-10) will face rival Indiana in CWPA Western Division action next Saturday (March 30) in Bloomington, Ind. The game is slated for a noon start at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.


GAME SUMMARY

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
La Verne 1 0 1 0 2
Michigan 7 2 5 6 20

U-M Goals: Lauren Dudley 3, Audrey Pratt 3, Bryce Beckwith 3, Lauren Colton 2, Ali Thomason 2, Julia Riemersma, Katie Hazelrigg, Emily Sejna, Presley Pender, Danielle Robinson, Hathaway Moore, Kiki Golden
La Verne Goals: Ryanne Bible, Melissa Pryor
Saves: U-M 7 (Alex Adamson 4, Julia Campbell 3), La Verne 13 (Lauren Shepard)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 7, La Verne 3

Q U O T E S

Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the Wolverines' weekend effort ... "It was good. We came out a played a higher level of teams, and we still focused on the things we've been talking about since our spring-break trip. Our girls are starting to apply it better and finish it better. We played three games in 80-plus weather yesterday, which tested our conditioning and mental focus. We had a nice effort on the defensive end, and that's what we were looking for. So, without a doubt, there were a lot of positives this weekend -- more than last weekend. Now we just need to keep it going."

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423