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No. 2 University of Michigan-vs.-No. 16 University of Virginia Scoresheet (2023 Collegiate Water Polo Association Championship – Game #4)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Player of the Game Claire Tuttle, Mia Barr and Emma Kaipainen each put away hat-tricks as Big Ten Division Champion/No. 2-ranked the University of Michigan stymied Atlantic Division Champion/No. 16 the University of Virginia, 17-5, in the first round of the 2023 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Competing at Park Pool, the Wolverines dominated the contest from the opening sprint to the final horn as the Maize & Blue  advance into a quarterfinal clash on Saturday, May 6, at 10:10 a.m. versus the winner of a first round game between Northwest Division Champion/No. 13 the University of Washington and Mid-Atlantic Division Champion/No. 18 West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Virginia will face the loser of the Washington/West Chester game at 6:20 p.m. this evening in the consolation side of the bracket.  Due to the result of the Michigan-Virginia game, the Wolverines can not finish lower than eighth in the final tournament standings, while the Cavaliers can finish no higher than ninth in the 16-team championship.

The Wolverines never trailed in the game as Michigan opened up a 6-0 lead by the 3:13 mark of the first quarter, pushed its margin to 11-3 by halftime and acquired a 15-3 scoreboard advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Tuttle, Barr, Kaipainen and Maria Logan (two) combined for 11 of Michigan’s 17 goals, while Meredith Holm, Cecilia Calatroni, Mina Dizdarevic, Claire Wieland, Alicia Paans and Annika Olsen tacked on solo markers in support of a combined five save effort by goalkeepers Ava Dominick (one) and Luisa Nierhoff (four).

Carolyn Pitorka keyed Virginia’s attack with a pair of goals.  Ellie McGriff, Emma Nolan and Anna Alberti notched single goals with netminder Katie Treene stopping nine shots.

1st Q 2nd Q 3rd Q 4th Q FINAL
No. 16 University of Virginia
1 2 0 2 5
No. 2 University of Michigan 7 4 4 2 17
Michigan Goals: Claire Tuttle (3); Mia Barr (3); Emma Kaipainen (3); Mara Logan (2); Meredith Holm; Cecilia Calatroni; Mina Dizdarevic; Claire Wieland; Alicia Paans; Annika Olsen
Virginia Goals: Carolyn Pitorka (2); Ellie McGriff; Emma Nolan; Anna Alberti
Saves: Michigan – Ava Dominick (1), Luisa Nierhoff (4); Virginia – Katie Treene (9)
Exclusions: Michigan – 8 ; Virginia – 4
Advantage Opportunities: Michigan – 0-for-4 ; Virginia – 2-for-8
Sprints: Michigan – 4-for-4 ; Virginia -0-for-4
Cards/Misconducts: Michigan –  None ; Virginia – None
Officials: Bruce Morehouse; Brandon Skiba


University of Virginia’s Katie Treene (#1) rises to stop a shot by the University of Michigan’s Mia Barr (#22)

University of Michigan’s Kiran Shah (#6) defends the University of Virginia’s Anna Alberti (#3)

University of Michigan’s Claire Tuttle (#9) uncorks a shot against the University of Virginia’s Anna Alberti (#3) and Katie Treene (#1)

Collegiate Water Polo Association