BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team edged No. 12-ranked Indiana University, 9-8, at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center and in front of a national television audience on the Big Ten Network.
Sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) led the U-M offense with three goals. Junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) netted the game-winner and created four U-M power plays from two meters.
Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made eight stops, including a pivotal save on a five-meter penalty shot late in the final quarter.
Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) scored on a laser into the far 90 from seven meters out with four seconds left in the third period, sparking the Maize and Blue's final push to victory. U-M added a one-time goal from freshman Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland) and a goal at two-meters from Colton early in the fourth to open up an 8-5 lead with just under seven minutes to go in the contest. Indiana answered with back-to-back markers to pull back to within one goal. After Cobb batted in a pass from senior Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) at two meters with 3:31 remaining, Adamson slammed the door on the comeback, stopping a penalty shot with her outstretched left hand.
Par for the course, the two teams battled back and fourth for much of the contest. Mantel scored her first of two to put U-M up early, but Indiana leveled the score at 1-1 after the first period. Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) converted a five-meter penalty 16 seconds into the second period to put UM back in the lead. The Hoosiers answered with a pair of goals from five meters, but Michigan got a marker from two meters off a backhand from Colton to send the teams to halftime tied at 3-3.
Special teams ruled the third period, with U-M scoring a power-play goal from sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) on the left post and a five-meter marker from Colton, before Mantel's goal sparked the final U-M rally starting late in the third period.
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 12 Indiana University Hoosiers (15-10, 0-1 CWPA West) women's water polo team opened CWPA Western Division play with a 9-8 loss at the hands of No. 7 University of Michigan in a tightly-contested game that featured five ties and three lead changes. The Hoosiers reeled of three goals in the final five minutes of action, but it was not enough as the Wolverines had three fourth period scores of their own to hold onto the victory.
"I thought we controlled the action for a good portion of the contest," said Indiana head coach Barry King. "The key factor was that we had some costly defensive mistakes that led to critical fouls and goals."
Shae Fournier led the Hoosiers with three goals. Jakie Köhli had two scores, while Kara Butler, Kelsey Campbell and Lauren Wyckoff had one apiece.
Cassie Wyckoff registered her ninth double-digit save performance of the 2011 season, stopping 11 Michigan shot attempts and grabbing a pair of steals.
Michigan struck first with a power play goal at the 3:51 mark of the opening quarter.
Fournier came back with under a minute left in the period by driving the right side for a leaning goal to even things up heading into the second quarter.
The Wolverines earned a five-meter penalty shot 15 seconds into the second period, which they converted to take a 2-1 lead.
The Hoosiers answered with a post-up goal by Butler on an assist by (Lauren) Wyckoff with 7:23 left in the half, followed by Wyckoff notching a close-range goal of her own after a dish from Fournier as Indiana grabbed its first lead of the contest.
Michigan evened things up with a post-up conversion with 3:11 remaining and the game was locked up at 3-3 heading into the break.
Wyckoff had a stellar first half of action between the pipes, totaling seven saves.
Köhli and Hoosiers took the lead, 4-3, at the 6:40 mark of the third period with a power play score from the top of the key after a pass from Campbell.
The Wolverines responded with a two-goal run during the middle of the quarter, first on a six-on-five chance and followed up on a five-meter score. The five-meter foul with 4:14 to play in the third was Nicole Redder's third exclusion of the contest, resulting in the Hoosiers playing without their leading scorer for the duration of the game.
Köhli evened things up with a power play score at the 3:51 mark to make it 5-5 after an assist by (Lauren) Wyckoff. The Hoosiers capitalized on four of their 10 power play attempts in the game.
Michigan ended the third with a bang, firing in a long-range shot with four seconds remaining to take a one-goal lead into the fourth.
The Wolverines kept their momentum with two goals in the opening 2:12 of the final period to extend their lead to three goals, 8-5.
Fournier helped rally the Hoosiers with back-to-back goals in a span of 38 seconds to pull within one with 4:21 to play. Fournier was assisted on the two scores by Meghan Lappan and Köhli. Lappan finished the game with two assists and a steal.
The Wolverines tacked on their ninth goal of the contest with 3:31 to play, scoring on a drive up the middle of the Hoosier defense.
Indiana had a chance to pull within one near the two minute mark after Butler earned a five-meter penalty, but Fournier's shot was stopped by Michigan goalkeeper Alex Adamson.
Campbell connected on a lob with 21 seconds to play after the Lappan dish to make it 9-8, but the Hoosiers were not able to get another crack as the Wolverines ran the clock to zero.
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