Mantel, Adamson Make History in First-Day Sweep at Triton Invite

Feb. 12, 2011

Game Summaries | Notes & Quotes

Site: San Diego, Calif. (Canyonview Pool)
Event: UCSD Triton Invitational (Day 1 of 2)
Scores: #7 Michigan 15, #20 Marist 4; #7 Michigan 6, Long Beach State 0
Records: U-M (10-2), Marist (0-2), Long Beach State (1-4)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 13 -- at Triton Invitational - Day 2 (San Diego, Calif.)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) became the program's all-time assist leader and sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) became the second goalie to go the distance in a shutout as the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team rolled past No. 20-ranked Marist, 15-4, and Long Beach State, 6-0, on Saturday (Feb. 12) on day one of the UCSD Triton Invitational at the Canyonview Pool.

Mantel tallied four assists on the day to become the program's all-time leader in assists, passing Erin Brown (2002-05) with three helpers against Marist and one more against the 49ers. Adamson is the second U-M goalie to go the distance in a shutout, making 11 stops and completing the program's fifth shutout all-time.

Junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) both tallied hat tricks against Marist, with Cobb finishing the day with a team-high five goals. Junior Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) posted five saves and an assist against the Red Foxes.

Mantel began her march to the top of the record book in expedient style, completing a playmaker (three assists) before the end of the first half against Marist. After the Wolverines opened up a 4-2 first-period lead on two goals apiece from Colton and freshman Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis), Michigan exploded for seven goals in the second period. Cobb scored two of her three goals in the contest in the third frame to extend the U-M lead to 15-3. The Maize and Blue then cruised through a quiet final frame to secure the victory.

Adamson stood strong behind a stout U-M defense in the nightcap, earning the Wolverines a spot in the invitational's semifinals. Cobb got the Wolverines on the board off a pass from Mantel to give the Wolverines a narrow 1-0 lead after one period. Mantel made it 2-0 at the break, before a pair from sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and another from Cobb put the Wolverines comfortably ahead, 5-0, after three periods. Freshman Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) put the icing on the game, netting the lone marker of the final frame.

Michigan will square off with No. 6-ranked Loyola Marymount in the semifinals of the Triton Invitational on Sunday (Feb. 13) at 12:30 p.m. PST. The teams will be vying for a spot in the championship game at 5:50 p.m. PST against the winner of No. 3 UCLA and No. 9 San Diego State. The third-place game will be played at 4:40 p.m. PST. Both U-M games, regardless of outcome, will be played at the Triton Pool.


By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Marist 2 1 0 1 4
Michigan 4 7 4 0 15
U-M Goals: Meagan Cobb 3, Lauren Colton 3, Cara Reitz 2, Sarah Roberts 2, Keller Felt, Kiki Golden, Hathaway Moore, Kelsey Nolan, Audrey Pratt.
Marist Goals: Rosie Pauli 3, Kirsten Siegal.
Saves: U-M 5 (Morgan Turner), Marist 5 (Kaitlyn Gary)

By Period 1 2 3 4 F
Michigan 1 1 3 1 6
Long Beach State 0 0 0 0 0
U-M Goals: Meagan Cobb 2, Kiki Golden 2, Alison Mantel, Audrey Pratt.
LBSU Goals: None.
Saves: U-M 11 (Alex Adamson), LBSU 13 (Kristen Stragier)


• Michigan collected the fifth shutout in program history against Long Beach State. U-M's last shutout came March 7, 2009 against PSU-Behrend. The Wolverines last road shutout came April 19, 2008, against Gannon. It also marks U-M's first blanking of a West Coast team.

• Sophomore Alex Adamson became the second U-M goalie to record a solo shutout. Kimberly Gero (2007-08) is the only other Wolverine to complete a solo shutout, blanking George Washington, 13-0, on April 12, 2008.

• With 11 saves against the 49ers, Adamson became the fifth U-M goalkeeper to eclipse the 200-save plateau. Adamson has recorded 206 stops in her career.

• Adamson matched a career high with 11 saves against LBSU. She also made 11 stops against Indiana on March 6, 2010.

• The Wolverines improved to 7-0 all-time against Marist and 2-7 all-time against Long Beach State.

• With three assists against Marist, senior Alison Mantel became U-M's all-time assist leader. Mantel broke Erin Brown's (2002-05) previous record of 133 helpers, finishing the day with 136 career assists.

• Junior Morgan Turner recorded the 20th victory of her career, becoming the fifth U-M goalie to reach the milestone. Turner boasts a 20-3 career record.


Michigan Head Coach Matt Anderson
On the tournament ... "Tonight, we played a team (Long Beach State) that was coming in on a high after upsetting Santa Barbara and we handled it well. We knew that in the semifinals we would face LMU and potentially, if we play well enough, UCLA in the championship game. That's why we came out here, to win this tournament. We wanted a shot at LMU and would love another game with UCLA. We came out here with one purpose, to win this tournament."

On Alison Mantel's record ... "That was nice. It was a great pass that she made over the top to Hathaway to set the record. That is completely why she is the assist leader; she had an opportunity to score, but saw a chance to help her teammate finish the job. People think of her as scorer, but she is a true distributor -- distributing it to her teammates or putting it in the back of the net herself. I am glad that she set the mark."

On the shutout ... "Long Beach State was a good, physical game. We were getting frustrated on offense, but I told them at the half that we have enough to win if we keep selling out on defense like we had been. I think that relaxed them a little. Kiki (Golden) had good third period for us. We had major foul trouble and went with younger players late in the game and they played very well."

On the play of Alex Adamson ... "We can say it was a team defensive effort, but it was Alex's show. She was always in the right place at the right time, communicating with the defense. We did a nice job defensively as a team but that was because Alex was back there quarterbacking the effort. She earned that shutout, 100 percent."

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