SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team had to settle for a fourth-place finish after losing to No. 6-ranked Loyola Marymount University, 10-7, and No. 9-ranked San Diego State University, 14-12, on day two of the University of California-San Diego Triton Invitational at the Triton Pool.
Sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) scored five goals on the day to lead the Maize and Blue effort. Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) tallied her second playmaker (three assists) of the tournament in the third-place game.
Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made 10 saves against LMU and added another against SDSU, while junior Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) posted four saves in the nightcap.
Michigan and Loyola Marymount entered the final frame tied at 6-6. The Wolverines held a pair of two-goal leads in the first half, going up 4-2 in the first on a goal from freshman Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) and again at 5-3 when senior Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) found classmate Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) for a skip-shot goal. LMU broke the fourth-period stalemate with four straight goals to open the period and take control of the contest.
The third-place game was a tale of two halves as the Wolverines rebounded from a 9-5 halftime deficit to pull back to within one in an ill-fated comeback. Five different Michigan attackers found the back of the cage in the third period to bring the Maize and Blue back to an 11-10 game. Colton scored two of her three second-half goals in the final period, but the Aztecs staved off the Wolverines and claimed third place.
Release courtesy Michigan Athletic Communications