March 30, 2013
N O T E S
With the victory, Michigan improved to 32-9-1 in the all-time series against Indiana. U-M has claimed each of the last two meetings.
The Wolverines' 10-game winning streak is the program's longest since claiming 22 in a row late in the 2011 season.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson's previous single-game save best was 11. Her 17 saves today ties for the sixth-best single-game save effort in program history. Betsey Armstrong holds the U-M school record with 24.
Junior Kelsey Nolan owns eight career hat tricks.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On Michigan's victory ... "Everybody knows how banged up and injured we've been, and we've been trying to get over the hump. Whether this will get us there or not, we needed this game. We are on the right track. We were able to win without Kiki Golden scoring. That shows what the emphasis was. Everybody needs to get involved. We know what teams want to do with us. That's part of the development of what we're striving for. It's the first game of many tough ones, but it's a lot more enjoyable to start off on the right foot. The name of the game now is wins and losses. I enjoyed this one. Even if we had loss, the effort and the execution was so much better than where we were 6-8 weeks ago. I would have walked away saying that I liked what we did. Getting the win was the cherry on top."
On the Michigan-Indiana rivalry ... "With more than half our team is freshmen, you can tell them how intense this game is, but they don't really know until they're in it. They needed to understand that we weren't playing just anybody. This is one of the greatest rivalries in college water polo. It lived up to its expectations."
On some of U-M's standout performers ... "Alex [Adamson] had 17 saves; that's amazing. They were legitimate. She needed that game, and we needed it as a team. Ali Thomason played incredible. I don't even know when I gave her a rest once I put her in the water. For a freshman to do that was outstanding. Bryce [Bender] and [Presley] Pender stepped up. Our freshmen stepped up, and one of our veterans -- Audrey Pratt -- finished it."
U-M Senior Alex Adamson
On the Wolverines' defense ... "It was a good game. It was a team win with great team defense. That definitely makes my job easier. I was able to get my hand on a couple shots, but that's solely because my defenders were taking away what they needed to take away. It made my job very easy."
On U-M's total game effort ... "Water polo is a game of attrition. With that, the team that's able to wear the other team done by repetitively doing the right things will be the team that wins, especially in the rivalry game. I think we started out strong. I don't think we lost our heads even when we had one-goal or two-goal swings go either way. That composure is what took us through regulation time and definitely took us through overtime."
On the team's progress this season ... "Momentum is huge, but even more than momentum, this year has been all about working -- working through those losses and learning from them. I think we've gotten better every game this season, and it's because we're learning from those losses early on and we're learning from those wins. Confidence is huge -- that comes with momentum -- but it's all earned this season. This win was all about earning every second and every goals."
U-M Junior Kelsey Nolan
On the team win ... "This was a great step in the right direction. We came in with some momentum, and I think those previous games were good to get us playing together and get the basics down. It's great that we were really able to step it up against our rival. The whole team just played great. I think that was the best team defense we've played. Everybody was just all over the place. It was awesome."
On applying lessons from early-season losses ... "We learned a lot from those games at the beginning of the season. Obviously, it was a little bit of a rough start for us. But you learn from that and grow from that. This is when it counts, so it's great that things are working for us right now."