April 26, 2013
| Highlights | Eastern Championship Results
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: CWPA Eastern Championship (Day 1 of 3)
Score: #18 Michigan 11, Brown 7
Records: U-M (19-13), Brown (16-20)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 27 -- vs. Indiana - Eastern Championship Semifinals (Canham Natatorium), 6 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team exploded for six unanswered markers to begin the game and got five goals from senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) in an 11-7 decision over Brown in the CWPA Eastern Championship quarterfinals on Friday evening (April 26) at Canham Natatorium.
The Wolverines will next face No. 1 seed Indiana in the CWPA Eastern Championship semifinals tomorrow (Saturday, April 27) at 6 p.m. at Canham Natatorium. The rival programs have split to previous matchups this season. Michigan has reached the conference semifinal round each of the last 11 years.
Golden wrapped up her ninth hat trick of the season in the first quarter before adding goals in the second and third to match a career best with the five-goal effort. The Wolverine captain also tallied an assist and five steals. Junior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) posted a pair of markers, while junior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./St. Francis HS) and freshman Bryce Beckwith (Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis HS) tallied two assists apiece.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) earned three saves in the Wolverine cage and helped to keep the Brown Bears off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines jumped out to a big early advantage, opening with a 6-0 scoring run and holding Brown to just two shots -- both hit the post -- through the first six minutes of the game. Golden and senior Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro HS) scored in the opening minute, taking advantage of an early 6-on-5 scenario and again on the ensuing counter attack. Golden scored on a counter-attack opportunity of her own midway through the frame and completed the hat trick two minutes later on a cross-cage shot from the right side.
Brown narrowed the gap with four straight goals, netting two in the final minute of the first quarter and two more in the first half of the second. The Wolverines responded, however, scoring twice in the second half of the quarter and using three late defensive stops to carry an 8-5 advantage into the intermission break.
The teams traded two goals apiece in the third quarter to maintain U-M's three-goal into the final frame. Golden, who scored on a 6-on-5 late in the second, added another early in the third, and junior Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos HS) did the same, scoring on a lob shot from the right side. The Wolverines converted on 4-of-7 power play opportunities.
Freshman Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) netted the lone goal of the fourth, netting a five-meter penalty midway through the final period.
U-M Goals: Kiki Golden
5, Kelsey Nolan
2, Hathaway Moore
, Lauren Colton
, Lauren Dudley
, Presley Pender
Sarah Presant 2, Liz Rosen 2, Madison Pepper, Rebecca Zak, Emily McNamara
U-M3 (Alex Adamson
), BU 4 (Sarah Shin)
U-M 7, BU 8
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the Wolverines' quick start ... "It's like in any sport, when you jump up big early, the players are going to let down a little bit. We scored six of our first seven shots, and I had to remind them that it wasn't going to stay like that the whole game. But it did allow me to get some players in that didn't think they were going to play and try some different rotations. In the fourth quarter, I went back to the strong group, and we shut them out. They're a good team. We needed to get up on them so we could control the game. That's what we did."
On opening the tournament against a tough team ... "We got challenged, and that's only going to help us tomorrow. More than half our roster is freshmen; they needed a tougher game. They're naturally going to be nervous. Now the monkey is off their back, and they can just play in a game that they've played twice already."
On facing rival Indiana in the semifinals ... "I expect the same thing -- same type of game -- that you get every time Michigan and Indiana meet. If you want to watch a water polo game, you definitely want to watch Michigan and Indiana."
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423