April 27, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: CWPA Eastern Championship (Semifinals)
Score: #18 Michigan 6, #15 Indiana 5
Records: U-M (20-13), Indiana (20-13)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 28 -- vs. Princeton - CWPA Eastern Championship Final (Canham Natatorium)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team netted a pair of goals midway through fourth quarter to rally past No. 15 Indiana, 6-5, in the CWPA Eastern Championship semifinals on Saturday evening (April 27) at Canham Natatorium.
The Wolverines will be seeking their sixth conference title when they face Princeton in the CWPA Eastern Championship final on Sunday (April 28) at 4:30 p.m. at Canham Natatorium.
Junior Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) scored two goals -- both in the second quarter -- to headline U-M's offensive effort, while senior Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista HS) and freshman Ali Thomason (San Rafael, Calif./Marin Catholic HS) netted the Wolverines' fourth-quarter tallies, scoring just 27 seconds apart midway through the frame. Thomason, who scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation, also tallied an assist in the second quarter.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado HS) was superb in the Wolverine net, earning 11 saves, including four in fourth quarter to keep the Hoosiers off the board late. She was named the CWPA's Player of the Game for her effort.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a two-goal advantage in the first quarter, scoring midway through the period and again on a 6-on-5 opportunity in the waning minutes. Freshman Presley Pender (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor HS) put U-M on the board in the final minute, however, swimming in on the IU goal untouched on the left side and sending a cross-cage skip shot into the net to cut Indiana's lead to one.
Nolan gave the Wolverines their first advantage with back-to-back goals early in the second, scoring on the first shot of the quarter and again on another skip shot midway through. But Indiana responded with two goals late -- both on the power play -- to reestablish its one-goal advantage at halftime.
The Hoosiers extended their lead with a shot from the post midway through the third, but Michigan again took advantage of a late goal as junior Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./St. Francis HS) used a 6-on-5 opportunity to convert on a cross-cage shot from the left side.
In the fourth, Golden evened the score on another power-player opportunity, rocketing in a shot from the left side of the net at the 5:47 mark. Thomason followed on U-M's next possession, scoring on a high skip shot from the right side. IU took a timeout with 1:47 remaining, and Adamson stopped all three Hoosier shots in the waning moments, including their last-ditch attempt with one second on the clock.
U-M Goals: Kelsey Nolan 2, Presley Pender, Hathaway Moore, Kiki Golden, Ali Thomason
Saves: U-M 11 (Alex Adamson), IU 7 (Jessica Gaudreault)
Ejections: U-M 7, IU 7
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