Wolverines Fall to Hartwick in CWPA League Weekend Opener
Allison Skaggs

April 12, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: CWPA League Weekend
Score: #17 Hartwick 10, #18 Michigan 6
Records: U-M (17-12), Hartwick (19-11)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 13 -- vs. Gannon (Canham Natatorium), 10:30 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team dropped its opening game at the CWPA League Weekend, falling to No. 17 Hartwick, 10-6, on Saturday evening (April 12) at Canham Natatorium. U-M hung with the Hawks until late in the contest, giving up four goals in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) and freshman Allison Skaggs (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) headlined the Wolverines' offensive efforts with two goals and an assist apiece. Pender extended her scoring streak to seven consecutive games, including three straight games with multiple goals. Sophomore Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) registered a pair of assists.

Freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) recorded nine saves in the Michigan cages, including several point-blank Hartwick opportunities early. The Wolverines stopped several Hartwick 6-on-5 opportunities through the first three quarters, allowing just one goal in eight chances. The Hawks capitalized in the fourth, however, scoring three of their four goals on the power play.

The teams were knotted up, 3-3, at halftime after low-scoring first and second quarters. Hartwick carried a narrow one-goal advantage after the former, but the Wolverines surged ahead with back-to-back goals late in the second. After several near-miss Michigan shots throughout the frame, Skaggs broke through with 1:26 remaining, accepting a pass from senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) at the two-meter mark, turning and tossing into the cage.

Sophomore Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) scored on the next Wolverine attack, just 41 seconds later, netting a cross-cage skip shot from two meters to earn Michigan its first lead of the game. Hartwick responded quickly, however, tying the score again on a five-meter penalty shot -- their first of two in the contest -- with just 24 seconds left.

The Hawks surged ahead with two goals in the third, but Michigan responded in kind as Pender netted two late, scoring on a five-meter penalty and on a skip shot from the left post in the final minute. Hartwick got the period's last goal again, taking advantage of confusion around the cage to retake the lead with just four seconds left.

Hartwick carried that momentum into the fourth quarter, scoring twice in the opening two minutes -- both from Jemma Dendy-Young as part of a four-goal game -- to pad its lead to three. Skaggs scored on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 2:28 remaining to keep U-M's hopes alive, before Dendy-Young added another late to ice the win for her team.

Michigan will close out its CWPA League Weekend with two games tomorrow (Sunday, April 13) at Canham Natatorium. U-M will face Gannon at 10:30 a.m. and Notre Dame College at 3 p.m.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
U-M Goals: Presley Pender 2, Allison Skaggs 2, Audrey Pratt, Barbara Lanier
HU Goals: Jemma Dendy-Young 4, Katie Ermakova 3, Britt Tait 2, Lara Dendy-Young
Saves: U-M 9 (Emily Browning), Hartwick 13 (Michaela Davies)
Ejections: U-M 13, Hartwick 9

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)