Inside Water #2: Wolverines Go West to Battle Nation's Elite

Feb. 2, 2010

Saturday, Feb. 6, 8:30 a.m. PST
-- at No. 1 Stanford (Avery Stadium)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2:45 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 7 San Jose State (Avery Stadium)
Sunday, Feb. 7, 8 a.m. PST -- vs. No. 2 Southern Cal (Baker Pool)
Sunday, Feb. 7, TBD -- Championship Round (Avery Stadium)

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (3-1, 0-0 CWPA West) heads west for the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 6-7 in Palo Alto, Calif. The Wolverines will play at least three, and possibly four, top-10 teams over the weekend, starting with No. 1-ranked and host Stanford at 8:30 a.m. PST on Saturday (Feb. 6). Michigan will square off with head coach Matt Anderson's alma mater, No. 7-ranked San Jose State, at 2:45 p.m. PST to close out its Saturday slate. On Sunday (Feb. 7), U-M will face No. 2-ranked Southern Cal at 8 a.m. before playing in one of the championship round contests. All games will be played in Avery Stadium except for Sunday's matchup with USC, which will be played in the adjacent Baker Pool to allow sufficient rest for all teams before the afternoon session.

Championship Round Schedule (Tournament Central)

Pool A Pool B
Arizona State
Southern Cal
San Jose State
Time Teams Game
12:45 p.m. PST 4th place A vs. 4th place B 7th Place
2 p.m. PST 3rd place A vs. 3rd place B 5th Place
3:15 p.m. PST 2nd place A vs. 2nd place B 3rd Place
4:30 p.m. PST 1st place A vs. 1st place B 1st Place

U-M at the Stanford Invitational -- Michigan will make its fourth appearance at the Stanford Invitational this weekend (Feb. 6-7), having appeared in the 2004, 2006 and 2008 renditions. The field is always stacked with the nation's elite with the Maize and Blue playing nine of its 12 all-time games against teams in the top 10. This fierce competition has yielded a 1-11 record for Michigan. At the 2008 Stanford Invitational, then-freshman Alison Mantel netted four goals and an assist to go with four steals to earn her first CWPA Western Division Player of the Week laurel.

Looking South at a Top 10 Team -- Michigan has been a mainstay on the national top 20 poll since 2001, but this weekend will give the Wolverines the unique view of looking down on a fellow top-10 opponent. U-M, ranked No. 6, will be favored according to the polls against No. 7-ranked San Jose State. The last time the Maize and Blue was ranked higher in a game against a top-10 opponent came at the 2004 CWPA Western Division Championship when the then-No. 8 ranked Wolverines edged then-No. 10-ranked Indiana, 5-4, in sudden-victory overtime on April 18, 2004.

Fastest to 250 -- Michigan became the first program of the modern era to reach 250 wins after knocking off Colorado State, 14-6, on Saturday (Jan. 23). With the three victories at the Michigan Kick-Off, U-M is now 251-106-1 all-time. The modern era began in 2001 -- the same year as Michigan's inaugural season -- with the establishment of an NCAA Championship.

Hardware Store -- Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) and freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) swept the CWPA Western Division Player of the Week honors (Jan. 25) following their performances at the Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 23-24). Robertson was named Player of the Week for the sixth time in her career, matching Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) for third-most weekly honors by a Wolverine. Golden started with a bang as she tallied five goals, two assists, 10 steals and three drawn ejections in her first collegiate weekend.

Quick Study -- Sophomore Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) needs five goals to reach 50 scores in her young career. If she can dent the twine five times in the first two games, she will be the third-fastest Wolverine to reach the plateau. Julie Hyrne (2006-09) hit the magic number in 45 games and junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) reached the half century mark in 46 games. Shana Welch (2004-07) holds the program record, reaching the milestone 34 games into her rookie campaign.

• Stanford
U-M trails 0-7
   Last Meeting:
4-16, L (2/24/07 - Anteater Invitational - Irvine, Calif.)
   U-M vs. No. 1: 0-5
• San Jose State

U-M trails 3-5
   Last Meeting:
8-6, W (1/25/09 - Michigan Kick-Off - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
   U-M vs. No. 7: 5-14
• Southern Cal
U-M trails 0-7
   Last Meeting:
3-12, L (5/9/08 - NCAA Championship - Palo Alto, Calif.)
   U-M vs. No. 2: 0-5
U-M trails 0-5
• Hawai'i
U-M trails 0-9
• Cal
U-M trails 0-2
• Arizona State
U-M trails 3-5

Statistics: Through 1/24/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 4 5 6 11
Lauren Colton 4 8 2 10
Kiki Golden 4 5 5 10

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 4 10
Cara Reitz 4 8

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Brittany May 3 2-1 20 7.20 .526

Point Streaks
Alison Mantel -- five games* (six goals, six assists)
Kiki Golden -- four games (five goals, five assists)
Lauren Colton -- four games (eight goals, two assists)
Sarah Roberts -- four games (five goals, one assist)

Goal Streaks
Lauren Colton -- four games (eight goals)
Sarah Roberts -- four games (five goals)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2009 season

Brittany May needs two wins for 50 career victories.

Morgan Turner needs two victories to match Kimberly Gero (10, 2007-08) for sixth on the U-M career list. She also needs four saves to match Sharon Warner (82, 2004) on the all-time list.

Leah Robertson needs four assists to match Mary Chatigny (108, 2006-09) for fifth on the U-M career list. She also needs six goals to equal Carrie Frost (124, 2006-09) and two points to match Chatigny and Frost (224) for sixth on the U-M career lists.

Cara Reitz needs one point to reach 100 on her career.

Alison Mantel needs six goals to match Mary Chatigny (116, 2006-09) for eighth on the U-M career list.

Michigan skyrocketed to a program- and conference-record No. 6 ranking in the 2010 Women's Varsity Top 20 poll released Jan. 27. The Wolverines share the No. 6 spot with San Diego State, whom the Maize and Blue knocked off, 9-4, at the Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 24). Michigan reclaimed the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 10 after sharing it in the preseason poll. (Complete Poll)


Overall record 3-1
At Canham Natatorium 3-1
On the road0-0
At a neutral site 0-0
vs. top-10 opponents 1-1
vs. ranked opponents 1-1
vs. unranked opponents 2-0
vs. teams .500 or better 1-1
vs. teams worse than .500 2-0
U-M after a win 1-1
U-M after a loss 1-0
U-M scores first 2-0
Scoring 7 or more goals 3-1
Leading after 2 periods 3-0
Trailing after 2 periods 0-1
Leading after 3 periods 3-0
Trailing after 3 periods 0-1
Overtime games0-0
U-M in January 3-1
U-M in February 0-0
Current streak W1
Last 10 games 3-1
Longest winning streak 2 Games

Michigan got the season off to a solid 3-1 start at the Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 23-24). The Wolverines got victories over No. 7-ranked San Diego State, UC San Diego and Colorado State and lost a hotly contested game to No. 3-ranked UCLA. Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) led the Maize and Blue with 11 points, while newcomer Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) was big at both ends of the pool, swiping 10 steals to go with seven points. Fifth-year senior Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) collected two wins in the cage and stood on her head in the upset win over SDSU, making 10 saves for the win.

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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. 20-21 -- at Princeton Invitational (Princeton, N.J.)
Fri., February 26 -- at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Sat-Sun., Feb. 27-28 -- at UC Irvine Invitational (Irvine, Calif.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423