April 7, 2013
Site: Providence, R.I. (Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center)
Scores: #3 Arizona State 10, #15 Michigan 8; #15 Michigan 11, Brown 7
Records: U-M (16-12), ASU (20-5), Brown (13-18)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., April 13-14 -- vs. Indiana at CWPA Western Division Championship (Geneva, Ohio), 2:15 p.m.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan water polo team closed out the regular-season portion of its schedule with a second-day split at the Brown Bear Invitational, falling to No. 3 Arizona State, 10-8, before knocking off host Brown, 11-7, on Sunday afternoon (April 7) at the Brown Bears' Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The Wolverines posted a 2-2 mark over the weekend tournament.
Senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) posted multiple goals in both contests, including a hat trick -- her second of the weekend -- against the Brown Bears in the final game of the tournament and added three assists and a pair of steals. Senior Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Cali./Tesoro HS) also recorded a hat trick against Brown as part of a four-goal day, while junior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./St. Francis HS) netted two against Arizona State and another against Brown.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) earned 21 saves in the Wolverine net, including 13 against Brown, and posted a pair of fourth-quarter assists in the second game. Freshman Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) saw action in the fourth quarter against the Brown Bears, earning a late save.
The Wolverines stuck first against ASU in the morning contest -- on a Colton goal in the opening two minutes -- and after some early back-and-forth, held a narrow 3-2 advantage after the first quarter. Both teams netted goals early in the second until the Sun Devils surged ahead late in the frame, taking the lead on a 6-on-5 opportunity in the waning seconds of the half.
Arizona State widened the gap in the third quarter, taking advantage of a quick start and a pair of 6-on-5 situations to push its lead to three goals. The Wolverines netted three goals in the fourth, including two from Golden, to pull closer but could not keep ASU off the board as the Sun Devils scored two -- another off a 6-on-5 -- to put the game away.
Michigan used a strong second quarter to pull away from Brown in the second slate, carrying a 6-3 advantage into the halftime intermission. Golden scored two of her three goals in the second frame, wrapping up her hat trick performance in the third quart. The Brown Bears cut into the lead with three goals in the third, but the Wolverines held them to just one more in the fourth while scoring three of their own to seal the victory.
The Wolverines will open the postseason next weekend (Sat-Sun., April 13-14) at the annual CWPA Western Division Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The tournament's No. 2 seed, Michigan will face No. 3 seed Indiana at 2:15 p.m.
ASU Goals: Alicia Brightwell 5, Shannon Haas 2, Searra Silverberg 2, Liz Kreek
Saves: U-M 13 (Alex Adamson), ASU 8 (Ianeta Hutchinson)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 14, ASU 6
Brown Goals: Emily McNamara 3, Liz Rosen 2, Madison Pepper, Katharine Booher, Kate Woods
Saves: U-M 14 (Alex Adamson 13, Julia Campbell 1), Brown 7 (Sarah Shin)
Ejections Drawn: U-M 12, Brown 9
Q U O T E S
U-M Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the day's games ... "We had a chance against Arizona State. We scored a couple 6-on-5s early and shut down a couple of their 6-on-5s early. We were able to stay with them the whole game because of that. So, it was a good showing this morning against the No. 3 team. We were only 1-2 shots away from having an opportunity for overtime and maybe a victory. We were tired in that second game -- after three games already this weekend. We got out to a big lead and lost our focus a little bit, but we were able to finish it. It was a good weekend to get us ready for the homestretch."
On the Wolverine team entering postseason play ... "I'm happy with where the team is right now. We're doing good things. We're playing well; we just need to execute and finish a little bit better."
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423