U-M Unable to Overcome Early Hole in CWPA Semifinal Loss to IU
Audrey Pratt

April 26, 2014

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Site: Lewisburg, Pa. (Kinney Natatorium)
Event: CWPA Championship (Semifinals)
Score: #12 Indiana 14, #20 Michigan 7
Records: U-M (20-13), Indiana (21-5)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 27 -- vs. Hartwick - CWPA Championship Third-Place Game (Lewisburg, Pa.), noon

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan water polo team fell behind early and could not recover, losing to No. 12 rival Indiana, 14-7, in the CWPA Championship semifinals on Saturday afternoon (April 26) at the Kinney Natatorium. The Wolverines were largely doomed by turnovers and exclusions; IU scored six goals off Michigan turnovers and went 3-for-9 on its power-play opportunities.

Michigan will face No. 16 Hartwick in the CWPA third-place game tomorrow (Sunday, April 27) at noon. The contest will be the Wolverines' 2014 season finale.

Senior Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame HS) headlined the Wolverines' offensive efforts, posting a career-best four goals -- her third hat trick of the season -- while senior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS), sophomore Barbara Lanier (Lafayette, Calif./Acalanes HS) and freshman Allison Skaggs (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) recorded one goal apiece. Nolan also added an assist in the third quarter.

Freshman Emily Browning (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS) and sophomore Julia Campbell (Naperville, Ill./Central HS) split time in the Wolverine cage, combining for 12 saves. Campbell posted eight saves through 12 minutes of play in the second half.

The Hoosiers jumped out to a significant early lead, outscoring U-M, 5-1, in the opening quarter. IU scored three on counter-attack opportunities and two on power plays in the frame while earning goals from five different players. Pratt tallied the Wolverines' lone goal of the quarter, corralling the ball on a turnover, swimming the length of the pool and netting a skip shot to the nearside, right corner.

Pratt completed her hat trick in the second quarter, scoring Michigan's second and third goals of the game on a backhand in the opening minute and a subsequent Wolverine 6-on-5 opportunity midway through the period. Indiana's Rebecca Gerrity also wrapped up a hat-trick effort midway through the second as the Hoosiers continued to pull away with another five-goal frame.

Indiana's Gerrity added a fourth goal in the third quarter and teammate Shae Fournier upped her goal tally to four with a pair in the frame, scoring off a turnover in the opening minute and a 6-on-5 opportunity just 55 seconds later. Lanier buried a shot from two meters midway through the frame, while Skaggs converted a Wolverine power play with a hard shot from the left side late.

Both teams tallied one goal in the fourth quarter. Pratt registered her fourth tally on a Wolverine 6-on-5 opportunity, burying a cross pass from Kelsey Nolan on the right side. In all, Michigan went 4-for-10 on its power plays in the contest.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
U-M Goals: Audrey Pratt 4, Kelsey Nolan, Allison Skaggs, Barbara Lanier
IU Goals: Shae Fournier 4, Rebecca Gerrity 4, Allison Campbell 2, Alexis Jones, Shelby Taylor, Summer Creighton, Ellie Stott
Saves: 12 (Emily Browning 4, Julia Campbell 8), IU 6 (Jessica Gaudreault)
Ejections: U-M 9, IU 10

First Round Results


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the Wolverines' slow start ... "I thought the weathered the storm of some very lopsided calls against us early in the game, but at 3-1 with two minutes left, we had two bad turnovers on counter attacks. Both times they got a 2-on-1 going the other way. That was the difference. If it had only been a two-goal deficit at the end of the first period, we'd have been fine. But at 5-1, that's hard to overcome. I thought we played them even after that. It was five bad turnovers on breakaways that we re-countered and got four out of five goals. That was the difference."

On U-M needing to minimize mistakes ... "Yesterday our younger kids were outstanding -- nine of 11 goals and the majority of steals. Today it was our veterans that stepped up in this atmosphere. Our younger kids really looked a bit like deer in headlights, and by the time they started playing better, Indiana already had a five-goal lead. "

On bouncing back for tomorrow's third-place game ... "They need to understand that they have another game to play. Whether we had won or lost, we still have to play tomorrow. It was a team loss. Tomorrow needs to be a team win. I think they'll be fine. They're disappointed that they lost , but we'll be fine. It should be a very competitive, great game."

Contact: Leah Howard (lchoward@umich.edu)