Sunday, March 11, 2018

#13 Hartwick stopped by #9 Michigan 14-7

Michigan Scores Impressive Road Win at No. 13 Hartwick

ONEONTA, N.Y. -- The ninth-ranked University of Michigan water polo team recorded another impressive win on Sunday (March 11), picking up a 14-7 road victory at No. 13 Hartwick for its 11th consecutive win.

After slow starts to games earlier this season, the Wolverines have hit their groove out of the gate as of late. After jumping out to big early leads yesterday, U-M got off to another great start against the Hawks.

Michigan scored the first four goals in the game and led 5-1 after the first eight minutes with Hartwick's only goal coming on a penalty shot.

It was 8-1 Wolverines until Hartwick made a run. The Hawks scored the final two goals of the first half and added two more in the first two minutes of the third period. A U-M timeout got the Maize and Blue back on track. Freshman Maddy Johnston scored her third goal of the game and senior Christina O'Beck put in one of her three goals to extend the lead back to 10-5.

U-M scored the first three goals of the fourth quarter to put the game away. Hartwick did score one more with 10 seconds to go but the Wolverines came out on top, 14-7.

The hat trick matched a career high for O'Beck, who scored three goals for the fourth time in her career. Johnston hit the three-goal mark for the fourth time in her freshman campaign.
Senior Caroline Anderson broke Michigan's career points record on Saturday -- and with two goals and two assists in this game she became the first player in school history with 400 career points. Her 13 points on the weekend give her 65 on the season.

On the defensive end of the pool freshman Sofie Pontré had three steals and a field block to go with her two assists. Sophomore Heidi Ritner played up until the final minute of the game and had seven saves and four steals to go with two assists.

The Wolverines finished the weekend with 53 goals in three games and have now averaged 15.5 goals per game over their last eight wins. Meanwhile, the defense has held 14 straight opponents to single-digit goals.

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