Monday, May 17, 2010
The Michigan Daily - michigandaily~com
Blue finishes in sixth place at NCAAs
By JAMES BLUM
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's water polo
team had high hopes of sending off
senior captain Leah Robertson and
fifth-year senior goalkeeper Brittany
May with a deep tournament run.
But the players saw those hopes
dashed halfway through their quar-
terfinal against No. 4 seed California
(26-9) on Friday.
After staying with the high-pow-
ered Golden Bear offense in the first
period, the Wolverines (33-8) fell
apart in the second stanza, as they
were outscored 4-0.
The usually smothering Michi-
gan defense showed its youthfulness,
allowing California to open up a 7-2
lead at the half. Freshman goalie Alex
Adamson, who won the job from an
injury-plagued May, didn't look like
her regular-season self.
Adamson's struggles on the big
stage forced coach Matt Anderson to
platoon the net with all three goalies.
Adamson, freshman Morgan Turner
and a fatigued May all saw significant
1 playing time throughout the tourna-
Adamson and May combined for 14
saves in an 11-3 victory over No. 8 seed
Pomona-Pitzer (18-16), while junior
Lauren Orth continued her hot play
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NCAA Championships at the Univer-
sity of Georgia.
The Wolverines will meet No. 13
Tennessee on Thursday, May 20, at
"It's been our goal to make it to
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The second quarter was vital for
the Wolverines in turning the game
around. ASU had its goalie, Dylan
*Westfall, to thank for keeping the
team in the game - Westfall made
eight saves in a period which saw
Michigan outshoot the Sun Devils 19
After dominating the Sun Devils in
the second, the Wolverines took a 6-5
lead into the half.
"Our attack this year was the deep-
est I think we have ever been," Yealy
said. "We had at least five guys who
all contributed a lot of points. And we
just kind of meshed well. You could
put any combination of us on the field
offensively, putting up a hat trick. She
tallied four against California and fin-
ished with eight over the three-game
tournament. The blowout win placed
the Wolverines in the familiar fifth-
place game against top-ranked UCLA
Once again, the Michigan defense
struggled early against the Bruins
on Sunday afternoon, allowing six
first-period goals. This lack of con-
centration dug the Wolverines an
insurmountable hole, and despite
outscoring UCLA over the final three
stanzas, Michigan lost 9-6 to end its
impressive season with a disappoint-
ing sixth-place finish.
"We wanted more," Anderson said.
"But we had two bad quarters - a bad
quarter against Cal and a bad quarter
"And when you're playing the No. 1
team in the nation and the No. 4 team
in the nation, you can't afford to have
a bad quarter. We're happy with our
season, but not happy with how we
played this weekend. But to finish
sixth is a lot better than to not make
it this far."
Left with the bitter aftertaste of
disappointment, the Wolverines were
forced to say goodbye to four seniors
- May, Robertson, Terri Bukofzer and
"It's very emotional," Anderson
Georgia," Bernstein said. "We're
going to play loose, and a team is
going to have to beat us, because
we're going to go in there and com-
pete. We've played a lot of the best
teams in the country already, so
nothing is gong to surprise us. We're
going to enjoy it. It's exciting for the
program and we're going to have
Senior Leah Robertson played in her final game as a Wolverine this past weekend against UCLA in Michigan's 9-6 loss.
said about the locker room atmo- them." "We have a chance to be very good
sphere. "This has been the best - in With several team leaders gradu- next year, but only if we have 100 per-
terms of performance in the water - ating, Michigan has difficulties on centfocus when we are playingthe top
the best team the class has ever had, the horizon. However, Anderson is teams in the nation," Anderson said.
and out of the water, they've been at confident in his young squad's abil- "Ten out of 12 periods were good this
that level as well. ity and hopes to improve upon the weekend, but the two that were bad
"It's been very emotional for (the team's familiar fifth- and sixth-place cost us two games. We have to learn to
seniors) and we're going to miss finishes. play 12 out of12."
--J J Lj-
together at one time and you're going
to get results."
With the lead down to one with
eight seconds to play, senior mid-
fielder David Reinhard won his sev-
enteenth and most important draw of
the game. The Sun Devils attempted
a last-second Hail Mary shot, but it
went wide of the goal.
The clock struck zero, and the Wol-
verines cemented their place in his-
tory as the only team to ever win three
straight MCLA titles.
"I think 'tenacious' is a great word
for this team," Paul said. "They had to
deal with a lot of adversity and they
had to fight to win. Things didn't come6 -
as easy as they had the last two years.6 ' E
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