Michigan to Hit the Road for Five-Game California Swing
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Feb. 1, 2012

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 3, 3 p.m. PST -- at Santa Clara (Santa Clara, Calif.)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 10:50 a.m. PST -- vs. No. 2 California - Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 5:15 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 10 Hawai'i - Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Sunday, Feb. 5, 9:10 a.m. PST -- vs. No. 4 UCLA - Stanford Invitational (Palo Alto, Calif.)
Sunday, Feb. 5, TBA -- Opponent TBD (Palo Alto, Calif.), Time TBD

The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (2-2) will travel this weekend for the first of two road trips California. The Wolverines will make their first stop at Santa Clara before taking part in the Stanford Water Polo Invitational.

Michigan will match up with the Santa Clara Broncos on Friday (Feb.3) at the Sullivan Aquatic Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. PST.

Next, the Wolverines will meet some of the nation's top-ranked opponents when it competes in the Stanford Water Polo Invitational, hosted by the No. 1-ranked Stanford Cardinal over the weekend. U-M will open competition on Saturday (Feb. 4) against No. 2-ranked California at 10:15 a.m. PST and will conclude the day versus No. 10 Hawai'i at 5:15 p.m. (PST). On Sunday (Feb. 5), the Maize and Blue will meet No. 4 UCLA for the second time this season, with game time slated for 9:10 a.m. PST. Michigan will end the Invitational against an opponent and game time to be announced. All games will take place at the Avery Aquatic Center.

MICHIGAN VS. THE OPPOSITION
• SANTA CLARA (2-7)
   Series: Michigan leads 2-0
   Last Meeting:
W, 6-5 (3/29/08 - Bloomington, Ind.)

Michigan edged No. 19 Santa Clara, 6-5, at Indiana University's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The Wolverines extended their program-best winning streak to 18 games.

• No. 2 California (8-0)
   Series: Michigan trails 0-3
   Last Meeting:
L, 12-8 (5/14/10 - San Diego, Calif.)

Michigan fell, 12-8, to then No. 4-seed California in the opening round of the NCAA Championship at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex. Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made three first-half saves and sophomore Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) stopped six shots in the second half.

• No. 10 Hawai'I (0-0)
   Series: Michigan trails 1-9
   Last Meeting:
W-2OT, 11-10 (2/7/10 - Stanford, Calif.)

Michigan knocked off then No. 3-ranked Hawaii, 11-10, in sudden-victory overtime to claim fifth place at the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 7, 2010, at Avery Stadium. Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) came off the bench for the second period and made 11 saves in the victory. Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) had five steals against the Rainbow Wahine.

• No. 3 UCLA (3-0)
   Series: Michigan trails 0-8
   Last Meeting:
L, 10-8 (1/22/12 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The Wolverines had a chance to tie the game against the UCLA Bruins but were unable to get the equalizer with less than two minutes, dropping a 10-8 decision in the Michigan Kick-Off. Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) scored four of the eight goals against the Bruins, recording a hat trick in the second period after Michigan trailed 6-2 in the contest.

MICHIGAN'S CALIFORNIANS
Out of a roster of 24 members on Michigan's water polo team, 15 hail from the state of California. The roster includes California natives: Senior -- goalkeeper Morgan Turner (Mission Vejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills);Juniors -- driver Natalie Naruns (Los Altos, Calif. /St. Francis), two-meter Lauren Colton (Mission Vejo, Calif./Tesoro), attacker Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista), and goalkeeper Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado); Sophomores -- driver Katie Hazelrigg (Rolling Hills, Calif./Chadwick), two-meter defender Katy Feaver (San Diego, Calif./Bishop's), two-meter Laura Milstead (Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa), driver Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame), attacker Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis), and attacker Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland); Freshmen - driver Emily Parsons (Portola Valley, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep), two-meter Lauren Nadel (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica), driver Elizabeth Williams (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad), attacker Lauren Thatcher (Canyon Lake, Calif./Temescal Canyon).

AGAINST THE INVITATIONAL
Since 2004, Michigan has competed in the Stanford Invitational every other season. The Wolverines participated against a top-ranked field in the reputable invitational, posting a 3-13 record. However, the last time U-M competed in the Stanford Invitational was during the 2010 season. The Wolverines split four matches, leaving with wins against two top-10 teams, No. 7 San Jose State (12-6) and No. 3 Hawai'I (11-10 2OT).

GOLDEN RULES
Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) leads the Wolverines with 10 goals to start the season off after finishing third on the team last year.

HAT'S ON
Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista), Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame), Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and Lauren Colton (Mission Veijo, Calif. / Tesoro) posted hat tricks during the Michigan Kick-Off, with Golden and Pratt finishing the respective game with four goals. Golden recorded her third career hat trick, while Pratt tallied her first. Cobb tacked on her second career hat trick with Colton engineering her third.

A FRESH START
Freshmen Elizabeth Williams (Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad) and Elizabeth Watson (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) registered their first career goals during the Michigan Kick-Off. Williams recorded her goal in the 10-8 loss to UCLA, while Watson tacked on one in the second quarter in the 17-13 win versus Colorado State.

MILESTONES
Morgan Turner needs 21 blocks to reach 300 for her career and four more steals for 50.

Alex Adamson is nine wins shy of 50 for her career.

Kiki Golden is 12 scores from 100 career goals.

Hathaway Moore is eight points shy of 50 career.

Lauren Colton needs 10 goals to reach 100.

Audrey Pratt is four points away from 50 for her career.

Meagan Cobb is five shy of 150 career points.

NOTES
Kiki Golden reached exactly 150 career points with 12 at the season-opening Michigan Kick-Off.

LINKS
Michigan Season Statistics

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