Wolverines Drop Close Battle against Rival No. 14 Indiana
Presley Pender

March 29, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Result: #14 Indiana 7, #17 Michigan 4
Records: U-M (15-11, 2-3 CWPA), IU (12-5, 4-0 CWPA)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 5 -- at CSU East Bay (Hayward, Calif.), Noon PDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan water polo team struck first but could not maintain its advantage, falling to No. 14 rival Indiana, 7-4, on Saturday afternoon (March 29) at Canham Natatorium. The loss snapped the Wolverines' 12-game winning streak.

Michigan earned goals from four different players. Seniors Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) and Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) scored in the first half to provide U-M its early advantage, while sophomore Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) and Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) tallied goals in the second half. Pender also added an assist, while freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) recorded two helpers on the Wolverine counter attack.

Browning was strong in the Wolverine net with a career-best 16 saves. IU's Jessica Gaudreault was equally good, similarly registering a career-high 16 stops.

It was penalty shots that largely doomed the Wolverines. IU's Shae Fournier netted three goals on five-meter penalty shots, including two in the second quarter as the Hoosiers started to pull away, taking a two-goal advantage into the halftime intermission. Michigan also struggled with its 6-on-5 conversion, going 0-for-9 in power-play scenarios.

The Wolverines opened scoring on their second offensive attack. Nolan accepted a pass from sophomore Emily Sejna (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) near the left post and backhanded a shot past Gaudreault at the 6:32 mark. IU responded late in the first frame, at 2:08, as Candyce Shroeder collected the ball on the left post, pulled Browning out of the net and lobbed it into the far corner.

Pratt regained the Wolverines' advantage at the 5:40 mark in the second quarter, taking a long lead pass from Browning and scoring on an outside shot on U-M's counter attack. The Hoosiers surged ahead, however, with three goals in the final 3:22 of the quarter -- two from Fournier on the five-meter penalty and another from Ellie Stott on an IU power play.

Both teams scored late in the third quarter to maintain the two-goal margin. After IU scored on another outside shot, Lanier kept the score close with a goal from the post position in the final minute, taking an inside pass from Pender and flipping it over Gaudreault's head with just 28 seconds remaining.

Fournier completed her hat trick with another five-meter penalty early in the fourth. Pender scored late, taking a pass from Browning on the counter attack and lobbing it into the far right corner, but IU responded quickly, icing the game with a lob shot of its own on its ensuing attack.

Michigan will hit the road next weekend, traveling to California for a pair of non-conference games. On Saturday (April 5), U-M will face CSU East Bay at noon in Hayward, Calif., before wrapping the road trip with a noon game against Sonoma State on Sunday (April 6) in Rohnert Park, Calif.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F

UM Goals: Presley Pender, Kelsey Nolan, Barbara Lanier, Audrey Pratt
IU Goals: Shae Fournier 3, Shelby Taylor, Candyce Schroeder, Allison Campbell, Ellie Stott
Saves: U-M 16 (Emily Browning), IU 16 (Jessica Gaudreault)
Ejections: U-M 9, IU 9

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)