Inside Water #2: Michigan Gears Up to Play Six in Santa Barbara

Jan. 25, 2011

Friday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. PST -- at No. 12 UC Stanta Barbara (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Friday, Jan. 28, 1:30 p.m. PST -- vs. Concordia (Calif.) (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Saturday, Jan. 29, 10:55 a.m. PST -- vs. No. 19 UC San Diego (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Saturday, Jan. 29, 3:35 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 11 UC Irvine (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Sunday, Jan. 30, 9:40 a.m. PST -- vs. No. 10 San Diego State (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
Sunday, Jan. 30, 12:40 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 20 Cal State - Bakersfield (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

UCSB Winter Invitational Central | Tickets | Campus Map

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (2-2) makes the first of three trips west this weekend, taking on No. 12-ranked UC Santa Barbara and Concordia (Calif.) on Friday (Jan. 28) before taking part in the UCSB Winter Invitational on Jan. 29-30 at UC Santa Barbara's Campus Pool. Michigan will take on the Gauchos at 11 a.m. PST and the Eagles at 1:30 p.m. PST to open up the weekend on Friday (Jan. 28).

Michigan will then join the field of the invitational, beginning with No. 19-ranked UC San Diego at 10:55 a.m. PST on Saturday morning (Jan. 29) followed by a 3:35 p.m. PST contest with No. 11-ranked UC Irvine. Day two (Sunday, Jan. 30) kicks off with No. 10-ranked San Diego State at 9:40 a.m. PST before the weekend closes out with No. 20-ranked Cal State Bakersfield at 12:40 p.m. PST.

Saturday's games will be played at the Recreation Center Pool in addition to the first game on Sunday. The tournament finale will be played at the Campus Pool. For advanced tickets, call the UCSB Athletics Ticket Office at 805.893.UCSB or purchase them online. All-session passes are $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Tickets are also available at the Recreation Center Pool or Campus Pool.

A Very Good Week -- Senior Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) and junior Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) were named CWPA Western Division Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week (Jan. 25), respectively, after strong showings at the Michigan Kick-Off (Sat-Sun., Jan. 22-23). Reitz opened the season with four goals and five assists, showing up on the scoresheet in each contest and Turner, the Wolverines' opening game starter, tallied 14 blocks, four steals and an assist in two starts between the posts.

The Latest Stand of 300 -- Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) is 11 points from becoming the third Wolverine in program history to reach the 300-point plateau. Mantel has 165 goals and 124 assists in 132 career games for the Maize and Blue. Mantel's former teammate Julie Hyrne (355, 2006-09) reached the milestone in 140 games and the program's leader in points, Shana Welch (394, 2004-07), eclipsed the mark in 125 games.

Help Me Alison -- Alison Mantel is on pace to become the all-time assists leader in the very near future. Mantel, who set the single-season assist record with 50 helpers in 2010, needs nine assists to reach Erin Brown's (2002-05) record of 133. The Wolverine senior has averaged 0.95 assists per game in her career, entering the season with 121 and tallying three more at the Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 22-23).

Goal Storm -- Senior Cara Reitz scored the 100th goal of her career against Cal State-Northridge (Jan. 22) to become the 13th Wolverine to reach the plateau. Reitz and classmates Alison Mantel and Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) give the Wolverines three active players in the 100-goal club with senior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) andjunior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) on pace to join them this season. Roberts, who has scored 80 career goals, averages just under 27 goals a season and Cobb, with 83 career markers, averages just shy of 40 goals per season.

Rank and File -- Michigan earned the No. 8 ranking in the 2011 Women's Varsity Preseason Top 20 poll and the No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top-10 poll, both released released Jan. 12. The selection marks U-M's fifth in the preseason top 10 spot nationally and matched the program- and conference-best No. 8 ranking set by the 2006 Wolverines. Michigan finished seventh in the final poll of 2010 after reaching a program-record No. 5 ranking in three polls from Feb. 10-24, 2010. [ Complete Poll ]

Senioritis -- This 2011 seniors should have no problem becoming the winningest class in program history; in three-plus years together they have amassed with a 104-30 record. The class of 2010 wrapped up their careers with a 126-44 record, the current program standard, and shared in three consecutive 30-win seasons with the current crop of seniors.

Chasing 300 -- Michigan needs 17 wins to become the first program in the modern era to reach 300 victories. The Wolverines have averaged 28.1 wins per season through their first 10 years in existence. The modern era of water polo began in 2001 with the establishment of an NCAA-sanctioned championship.

Winningest Programs In The Modern Era
Michigan 283-115-1
Hartwick 273-105
UCLA 262-37
Southern Cal 254-39
Stanford 245-38

• UC Santa Barbara
   Series: U-M trails 0-7
• Concordia (Calif.)
   Series: First Meeting
• UC San Diego
   Series: U-M leads 10-6
• UC Irvine
   Series: U-M trails 1-2
• Cal State - Bakersfield
   Series: U-M leads 3-0
• San Diego State

   Series: U-M trails 4-11

Complete Statistics: Through 1/23/11

Name GP G A P
Kiki Golden 4 5 4 9
Cara Reitz 4 4 5 9
Lauren Orth 4 3 6 9

Name GP Steals
Alison Mantel 4 6
Kiki Golden 4 5
Two Players Tied 4 3

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 2 1-1 18 11.35 .450
Morgan Turner 2 1-1 14 6.50 .519

Point Streaks
Cara Reitz - six games* (seven goals, six assists)

Goals Streaks
Cara Reitz - six games* (seven goals)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

Alison Mantel needs nine assists to tie Erin Brown (133, 2002-05) for the program career record.

Mantel needs 11 points to become the third player in program history to reach the 300-point plateau.

Mantel needs two steals to match Terri Bukofzer (156, 2007-10) for seventh on the all-time list.

Sarah Roberts needs to draw six ejections to match Wesley Ellison (96, 2004-07) for sixth on the all-time liste.

Lauren Orth needs six goals to match Carrie Frost (124, 2006-09) for eighth on the all-time list.

Alex Adamson needs two saves to tie Sally Stone (167, 2005-06) for sixth on the all-time list.

Adamson needs one win and Turner three wins to become the fourth and fifth Wolverine goalkeepers to reach the 20-win plateau in their careers.

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The national spotlight will return to Ann Arbor when the 2011 NCAA Championship comes to Canham Natatorium. The games will run May 13-15, 2011.With a seating capacity of 1,200 people, Canham Natatorium provided the stage for the 2005 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship. The Wolverines placed sixth while playing in their home pool at the 2005 event.

Sat-Sun., Feb. 12-13 -- at Triton Invitational (San Diego, Calif.)
Saturday, Feb. 26 -- at Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colo.), Noon MST
Sunday, Feb. 27 -- at Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colo.), Noon MST

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