April 14, 2013
Site: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
Event: CWPA Western Division Championship (Third-Place Game)
Score: #18 Michigan 14, Gannon 3
Records: U-M (18-13), Gannon (10-14)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sun., April 26-28 -- host CWPA Eastern Championship (Canham Natatorium)
GENEVA, Ohio -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team used a balanced attack to cruise past Gannon, 14-3, in the CWPA Western Division Championship third-place game Sunday morning (April 14) at the SPIRE Institute.
Nine different Wolverines scored goals, including four with multi-goal efforts. Freshman Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) netted her third hat trick of the season and added an assist and a steal to headline U-M's offensive efforts. Freshman Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) posted two goals, three assists and a pair of steals, while juniors Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis HS) and Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos HS) also tallied two goals apiece.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) earned the start and the victory, but it was freshman Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) who saw the bulk of the action in net, earning three saves through three quarters of work.
After missing on their first several opportunities, the Wolverines broke through midway through the first quarter on an open-net shot in front from Moore. The junior captain took advantage of a 6-on-5 opportunity to add her second marker late in the frame, collecting her own rebound after hitting the crossbar and rifling it past Gannon goalkeeper Janelle Bartman.
Lanier netted her first two goals in quick succession early in the second quarter, twice accepting passes from junior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) and knocking in point-blank shots from the post position. Nolan drew a five-meter penalty midway through the period, and Beckwith converted it with a hard high shot.
Michigan held Gannon to just two shots in the first quarter and without a goal through the opening half, but the Golden Knights broke up the shutout bid early in the third quarter as Kelsey Rzymek sent a long cross-cage shot to the upper left corner. They added two more goals on 6-on-5 advantages midway through the third and early in the fourth before the Wolverines closed out the game with a pair of late regulation tallies, including a last-second, cross-cage goal from freshman Kirby Kaptur (Willow Springs, Ill./Lyons Township HS) to cap the victory.
Michigan will now turn its focus to the CWPA Eastern Championship, which the Wolverines will host Friday through Sunday, April 26-28, at Canham Natatorium. U-M, which has won three of the last five CWPA crowns, is seeking the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
GU Goals: Kelsey Rzymek, Janelle McDaniels, Bailey Gadd
Saves: U-M3 (Alex Adamson 0, Julia Campbell 3), GU 7 (Janelle Bartman)
Ejections Drawn: U-M11, GU 6
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the weekend... "The bottom line is that we want to win. It's unfortunate that our streak of 11 division titles -- longest streak in collegiate water polo -- came to an end. It's hard, because we've always had 100 percent success at this tournament. There were some shots we had that we could have made better decisions on, and there were some shots against us that we could have made better decisions on. We established what we wanted to do in the first half then got away from it in the second half when we had more of an opportunity to get it done if we would have stayed a little bit more to task."
On the Wolverines' bouncing back from the Indiana loss... "They didn't have a choice. It was set up differently this year where the big matchup game was the first game of the tournament. So we needed to be ready to come in right away. I think it was well played but then it got sloppy by the end of the game for both teams. It's hard to come right out of the gate. But that's what we're going to have to do when we go to Easterns. We're going to have to be ready to play right away. I thought that we played better than we did a few weeks ago; I just don't think executed as well at the finish."
On what U-M can take from the weekend... "There were definitely some things we were able to see by not playing in that championship game. That gave us a good idea. It's a catch-22. You never know which way the whistle is going to blow. It's hard to prepare in our sport. You just need to concentrate on what you need to do. I think at this point it's just finishing what we know we're capable of. Without a doubt, the Easterns is going to be wide open. You could name a number of teams that have the opportunity to win it."
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