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




GAME SUMMARY

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan
1
3
1
2
7
Indiana
5
5
3
1
14
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




Q U O T E S

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)

   

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