Wolverines Split Day One Games at Brown Bear Invite
Presley Pender

April 6, 2013

Site: Providence, R.I. (Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center)
Scores: #20 Hartwick 10, #15 Michigan 6; #15 Michigan 12, CSU Bakersfield 5
Records: U-M (15-11), Hartwick (23-0), CSU Bakersfield (10-19)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 7 -- vs. Arizona State (Providence, R.I.), 9:15 a.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan water polo team split its games on the opening day of the Brown Bear Invitational, falling to No. 20 Hartwick, 10-6, before rebounding with a 12-5 decision against CSU Bakersfield on Saturday afternoon (April 6) at Brown's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The loss to Hartwick snapped the Wolverines' 10-game winning streak and forced them to second place in the final regular-season CWPA Western Division standings.

Freshman Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) posted five goals on the day, including a career-best four against the Roadrunners, to headline the Wolverine offensive effort. She went 2-for-2 on penalty-shot opportunities and added two assists and four steals. Senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) tallied four goals on the day, including a hat trick against CSU Bakersfield, while freshman Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS), junior Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) and senior Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro HS) all recorded two goals apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) played the large majority of time in the Wolverine net, earning 14 saves, including one off a five-meter penalty against Hartwick, and one steal. Freshman Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) registered one save late in the contest against CSUB.

The Hawks used big first and fourth quarters, scoring four goals in each frame, to knock off Michigan in the first slate of the day. It was U-M that struck first, however, jumping out to a 2-0 advantage after goals from Beckwith and Pender in the opening two minutes of the game. Hartwick charged back with four straight goals, including one off a five-meter penalty and another on a 6-on-5, to close out the period. Michigan netted the lone goal of the second quarter to cut Hartwick's lead to 4-3 at the halftime intermission.

Both teams scored twice in the third to maintain the narrow margin into the fourth, but the Hawks surged ahead with another stretch of four unanswered goals, including three 6-on-5 opportunities and another five-meter penalty. Michigan narrowed the final gap with a goal in the waning seconds.

The Wolverines used a late surge of their own, scoring five goals in the fourth quarter, to pull away from CSU Bakersfield in their second game of the day. U-M never trailed in the contest, carrying a two-point lead for the bulk until its late goal explosion. Pender scored on a five-meter penalty just 18 seconds into the first quarter, tallied a pair of quick-succession markers midway through the third frame to earn the hat trick -- her third of the season -- and added another five-meter penalty early in the fourth.

The Wolverines will wrap up play at the Brown Bear Invitational tomorrow (Sunday, April 7), facing No. 3 Arizona State at 9:15 a.m. and host Brown at 2 p.m. at the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Hartwick 4 0 2 4 10
Michigan 2 1 2 1 6
U-M Goals: Bryce Beckwith 2, Presley Pender, Kiki Golden, Audrey Pratt, Lauren Colton
HC Goals: Sami Capparelli 4, Sasha Freeborn 3, Allison Kosich, Katie Ermakova, Britt Tait
Saves: U-M 8 (Alex Adamson), HC 12 (Haley Cox)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 13, HC 9

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
CSU Bakersfield 2 1 2 0 5
Michigan 3 2 2 5 12
U-M Goals: Presley Pender 4, Kiki Golden 3, Audrey Pratt, Hathaway Moore, Elizabeth Williams, Lauren Colton, Natalie Naruns
CSUB Goals: Jessica Browning 2, Niki De Leon 2, Sam Shead
Saves: U-M 7 (Alex Adamson 6, Julia Campbell 1), CSUB 11 (Chiyeko Morisaki)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 10, CSUB 11

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423