Michigan Drops One-Goal Decision to No. 14 Maryland in Eastern Semis
Meagan Cobb

April 28, 2012

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Site: Providence, R.I. (Moran Coleman Aquatics Center)
Event: CWPA Eastern Championship (Semifinals)
Score: #14 Maryland 9, #10 Michigan 8
Records: Michigan (22-12), Maryland (20-6)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 29 -- vs. Brown - CWPA Eastern Championship Third Place Game (Providence, R.I.), 3 p.m.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan water polo team missed an opportunity to send the game to overtime, dropping a 9-8 decision to No. 14 Maryland on Saturday (April 28) in the CWPA Eastern Championship semifinals at the Moran Coleman Aquatics Center. The result means U-M will play in Sunday's (April 29) third-place game against Brown at 3 p.m.

As time expired, Michigan earned a five-meter penalty shot from a Maryland foul, giving Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Danville) an opportunity to send the game into extra minutes. However, Golden's strike to the left side was rejected.

Golden, Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) and Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) posted two goals each to spearhead the Wolverines' offense.

The No. 1 seed Wolverines tied the game three times and trailed by two scores on four occasions. In the last quarter, Michigan fell behind, 8-6, before Cobb executed a backhand to close in on the No. 4-seeded Terrapins' lead, 8-7.

The Terps' final tally came when goalie Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) received a penalty and suffered an ejection, leaving U-M's defenders to scatter across the cage. Maryland scored with 3:22 left to stretch its lead to 9-7.

Michigan's comeback hopes stayed afloat courtesy of a Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland) strike with 1:49 left in the game to chip at the lead, 9-8. After holding the Terps with two defensive stops, Michigan held the ball with 29 seconds left, and as the clock hit zero, Golden was fouled before missing penalty shot and the opportunity to even the game.

After falling behind 3-0 after the first period, Michigan put its first marker on the board when Golden connected on a five-meter penalty shot (5:06). Dudley then added a score at the 3:34 mark in the second, scoring on a power play to close the gap to 3-2. To close out the second quarter, U-M outscored the Terrapins, 2-1, behind another goal from Dudley and a score with 24 seconds left from Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis) to even the scoreboard at the break at 4-all.

For the second half, the Wolverines tied it up twice in the third, drawing the score even at five (6:23) and six (2:18). Maryland eventually pulled away for the final decision.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 0 4 2 2 8
Maryland 3 1 3 2 9

U-M Goals: Kiki Golden 2, Lauren Dudley 2, Meagan Cobb 2, Hathaway Moore, Kelsey Nolan
MARY Goals: Allison Campbell 3, Nicole Tobin 3, Danielle Robinson, Kate Ermakova, Carly Hoshko
Saves: U-M 8 (Alex Adamson 7, Morgan Turner 1), MARY 9 (Shelby Reyes)
Ejections: U-M 5, MARY 6