Gannon University Falls to No. 13 University of Michigan, Division III No. 4 California Lutheran University & Mercyhurst University at Wolverine Invitational
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Gannon University finished on the wrong end of the score three times at the University of Michigan Wolverine Invitational falling against the host Maize & Blue (11-2 L), Division III No. 4 California Lutheran University (12-5 L) and Mercyhurst College (7-4 L).
In the opener, Michigan held a slim 2-1 lead after one quarter and a 3-1 edge at halftime. Ranked No. 13 nationally and No. 1 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA), the Wolverines exploded for six unanswered goals during the third quarter for a commanding 9-1 lead. The home team out-scored Gannon 2-1 during the final eight minutes for an 11-2 win.
Colleen Harriger (Erie, Pa./McDowell) and Emily Sullivan (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) scored Gannon's goals. Libbie Guina (Houston, Texas/Clear Brook) recorded eight saves in defeat.
In Saturday's middle contest, California Lutheran doubled up Gannon during the first and second quarters. The Regals held a 2-1 lead after one period and 6-3 advantage at the halftime break. The difference extended to 12-3 after three quarters, before California Lutheran settled for a 12-5 victory.
Kelsey Rzymek (Erie, Pa./McDowell) accounted for two of Gannon's five goals. Harriger, Molly Andrews (Tustin, Calif./Tustin) and Claire Smith (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) added one score each. Guina turned away six shots between the pipes.
Gannon and Mercyhurst battled to a 1-1 tie after one period during the night's final contest, before the Lakers surged ahead with a 4-2 scoring edge during the second quarter. Only three goals were tallied in a defensive second half. Mercyhurst produced the only goal of the third frame, before both teams scored once during the final eight minutes as the Lakers earned a 7-4 victory.
Harriger had two of Gannon's four scores. Sullivan and Katelyn Jacobs (Brookfield, Ill./Lyons Township) chipped in one goal each. Janelle Bartman (Darien, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) recorded six saves during her first start of the day.
Gannon dropped to 6-16 with Saturday's three losses. Michigan improved to 11-9 while California Lutheran moved to 11-6. Mercyhurst, ranked 10th in the latest CWPA Top 10 Poll, increased its record to 5-8.
Release courtesy Gannon Athletic Communications