Orth's Overtime Heroics Highlight Two-Win Friday for Michigan at UC-Santa Barbara Invitational
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) scored in sudden-victory overtime to propel the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team past No. 12-ranked University of California-Santa Barbara, 11-10, on Friday (Jan. 28) at UCSB's Campus Pool. Following a short turnaround, the Wolverines defeated Concordia University (Calif.), 12-6, in the afternoon contest.
Junior Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) and sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) split both games in the cage. Adamson earned both victories, making 10 saves, while Turner stopped nine shots.
Five different Wolverines registered multi-goal games on the day, led by the freshman trio of Lauren Dudley (Okemos, Mich./Okemos), Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland) and Sophie Høegh (Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades). Meanwhile, freshman Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) tallied a playmaker (three assists) in the back half of the doubleheader.
The Wolverines' first win in eight tries against the Gauchos required three extra periods. Michigan jumped ahead to a 9-8 lead with 1:36 left in the first overtime period on a goal from junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville). UCSB responded with two in the second bonus frame and looked to be denying Michigan its win as the clock ran down. With one second remaining, sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) drew a foul just outside five meters and struck for the tying goal. Early in sudden victory, Adamson tried to send senior Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) on a breakaway, but she was hauled under, drawing a five-meter penalty. Orth took the shot, skipping it into the back of the cage to give the Maize and Blue the win.
Michigan was chasing UCSB for the first three periods, entering the final frame down 6-5 when the Wolverine offense ignited. Pratt tied the game 32 seconds into the period on a rocket through the hand of the UCSB goalie. The teams then exchanged leads until Michigan jumped ahead 8-6 on a counter-attack marker from sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista). The Gauchos erased the deficit just in time, scoring with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
In the second game of the day, the Wolverines got a boost from Høegh in the second quarter to the tune of two goals to carry an 8-4 lead into the break. The Wolverines remained in control in the second half, cruising to the 12-6 victory.
Michigan opens the UCSB Winter Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 28) with No. 18 UC San Diego at 10:55 a.m. PST before facing No. 10-ranked UC-Irvine at 3:35 p.m. PST. Both contests will be played at UC Santa Barbara's Campus Pool.
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