Wolverines Close CWPA League Games with Lopsided Wins
Audrey Pratt

April 13, 2014

Notes & Quotes | CWPA League Weekend Results
• Photos: Gannon Photos icon | Notre Dame College

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: CWPA League Weekend (Day 2)
Result: #18 Michigan 15, Gannon 5; #18 Michigan 15, Notre Dame College 5
Records: U-M (19-12), Gannon (13-13), Notre Dame College (2-19)
Next U-M Event: Friday, April 25 -- vs. TBD - CWPA Championships (Lewisburg, Pa.), Noon

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team closed out its CWPA League Weekend with a pair of lopsided victories, defeating Gannon, 15-5, and Notre Dame College, 15-5, on Sunday (April 13) at Canham Natatorium. The weekend tournament wrapped up the Wolverines' regular season; U-M finished third in the CWPA Western Division race.

Seven total Wolverine players tallied at least one goal in each contest, most notably senior Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS), who scored two goals in each and added an assist in the finale. Freshmen Brittany Kirwan (Mountain View, Calif./St. Francis HS) and Jamie Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS), junior Elizabeth Williams (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad HS) and senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) also posted three goals on the day.

Sophomore Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) and sophomore Hayden Green (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) each played a full game in the Wolverine cage. Campbell recorded nine saves in the morning slate against Gannon, including three stops on Golden Knight 6-on-5 opportunities, while Green registered a career-best and Michigan season-high 17 saves against NDC. The duo also posted four assists apiece.

The Wolverines jumped out to a big first-half lead against Gannon, scoring four goals in the first quarter before widening the gap with six more in the second. Sophomore Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) contributed two of U-M's tallies in the former frame, netting both off of counter attacks in the closing two minutes. She created her own scoring opportunity in the waning seconds of the period, stealing the ball at mid pool and finishing on the subsequent breakaway.

The teams exchanged several goals -- four for Michigan and two for Gannon -- in a wild opening three minutes of the second quarter. Kelsey Nolan recorded a pair in the flurry, scoring on an early cross-cage shot to the upper right corner and another from two meters, while assisting on another when her counter-attack shot rebounded off the crossbar; Kirwan corralled the loose ball and tossed it past the Gannon goalkeeper -- her first of two goals in the contest.

Michigan added five more goals in the second half, while holding the Golden Knights to just one. Sophomore Emily Sejna (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) scored her third of the season on cross-cage shot from the left post late in the third frame, while Jamie Nolan netted the lone goal of the fourth, accepting a forward pass from fellow freshman Kaitlyn Cozens (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) to score from two meters.

The Wolverines followed a similar script in the weekend finale against Notre Dame College, jumping to a 7-1 halftime advantage with four goals in the first quarter and three in the second. Michigan scored on back-to-back attacks late in the first, earning goals from freshman Allison Skaggs (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) on a counter-attach skip shot and freshman Allison Larko (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS) on a two-meter lob, before NDC broke through with a goal in the final minute of the frame.

Sophomore Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) took advantage of a 6-on-5 opportunity to score on an unattested lob shot early in the second quarter and assisted on a pretty Sejna one-touch shot from two meters late in the fame.

The teams traded four goals apiece in the third before Michigan padded its final lead with four goals in the fourth, including one each from the Wolverines' three seniors playing in their final home game. The trio entered the water midway through the frame and scored in quick succession -- Kelsey Nolan on a two-meter lob shot, Pratt on a counter-attack skip shot and senior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./St. Francis HS) on a similar skip shot on a U-M power play.

Michigan will now turn its focus to the CWPA Championship, scheduled for Friday-Sunday (April 25-27) in Lewisburg, Pa. U-M, which has won three of the last six CWPA crowns, is seeking the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
U-M Goals: Ali Thomason 2, Kelsey Nolan 2, Elizabeth Williams 2, Audrey Pratt 2, Brittany Kirwan 2, Kelly Martin, Hathaway Moore, Kaitlyn Cozens, Emily Sejna, Jamie Nolan
GU Goals: Tricia Gajewski 2, Shanen Lazenby 2, Katelyn Jacobs
Saves: 13 (Julia Campbell), GU 7 (Emily Rodriguez)
Ejections: U-M 10, GU 4

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Notre Dame College
U-M Goals: Jamie Nolan 2, Audrey Pratt 2, Brittany Kirwan, Allison Skaggs, Presley Pender, Allison Larko, Kimberly Graziano, Emily Sejna, Elizabeth Williams, Kelsey Nolan, Hathaway Moore
NDC Goals: Danielle Summers 3, Sydney Kawaianiani Plunkett, Gina-Bella Mata'afa
Saves: U-M 17 (Hayden Green), NDC 7 (Julie Vanderpool)
Ejections: U-M 2, NDC 8

Day 1 Recap


• The Wolverines improved to 22-0 in their all-time series against Gannon and 6-0 in the all-time series against Notre Dame College.

• Michigan posted an 8-3 record at Canham Natatorium this season.

• Fifteen different players scored at least one goal in the Wolverines' two games today.

• Sophomore Presley Pender saw her seven-game scoring streak halted in the morning Gannon game. She started anew with a goal in the second quarter against Notre Dame College.

• All three Wolverine goalkeepers recorded one complete-game performance this weekend.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Hayden Green's 17 saves against NDC were the most recorded by a U-M goalie since Morgan Turner similarly posted 17 against Maryland in 2009. Green's previous best was nine, which she also tallied vs. NDC earlier this season.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Julia Campbell played several minutes in the field in the third quarter against NDC, taking -- and winning -- the period's opening sprint.


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the Wolverines' overall weekend performance ... "It was the beginning of the fourth quarter against Hartwick where we shot ourselves in the foot. Our mishandling of the ball over the first four possessions was our undoing, and they took advantage of it. That was the difference in last night's game. That was disappointing.

"We obviously wanted to work on some things today to prepare for the regional. For example, we were doing a number of different defenses. It was a good way to send the seniors out; they went in late and each of them scoring one of our last three goals. That was great."

On working through different pairings in the water ... "Today we were looking for a group that clicks together. The group that works best together is not always your most talented group. So, you're always trying to find it, especially with such a young team. It can change at any time."

On preparing for the CWPA Championship ... "Common sense tells us that we'll be the fourth seed and play Brown first with Princeton a possible semifinal matchup as the No. 1 seed. That's good. The ladies should be a little more focused on what we need to do, because they don't need to worry about previous meetings. It should be a breath of fresh air from a teaching aspect. We're looking forward to it. It'll be good to rest up a bit and get refocused."

U-M Senior Hathaway Moore
On closing the gap against rival teams ... "There's no question that we're continuing to push the envelope with each game. If you look at the way we were playing in January, it is nowhere close to where we are now. We're continuing to build, and we have two more weeks of practice and then a championship tournament. We're looking forward to it."

On focusing on the CWPA Championship ... "Everything is simplified at this point in the year, especially knowing that we'll liked be lined up against Brown and Princeton. We know who we need to focus on and game plan for. But at the same time, we have classes ending and finals approaching, so it's all a balancing act right now. We're definitely focused though."

U-M Senior Audrey Pratt
On each senior scoring a goal in the fourth quarter vs. NDC ... "That was the plan at the end of the game -- one goal each in the last few minutes. It really helps that we have been playing together for so long that we just knew where to put the ball for each other. It was great that we were able to make that happen."

On whether the CWPA Championship simplifies training ... "At the beginning of the season, we're all over the place, trying to get our general offense and defense down and together. Then we play a lot of west-coast teams, who we don't play in our qualifying tournament. Now we can really focus on the teams that we will be playing for a spot at NCAAs. Hopefully, we'll make it happen."

U-M Senior Kelsey Nolan
On bouncing back from last night's loss ... "It was our [the seniors] last home weekend, so we definitely wanted to go out on a high with a win. We wanted to take it to these teams today."

On Senior Night ... "It didn't really hit me last night. But it definitely hit me during the last minute on the bench, then we went over to sing Hail to the Victors, and I started crying. I think that surprised some of my teammates. So, it's definitely starting to hit me, and it's emotional. But we still more practice and more games to play."

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)