Inside Water #3: Mantel Eyes Assists Record as U-M Travels to Triton Invite

Feb. 8, 2011

TRITON INVITATIONAL -- Tournament Results | Tournament Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 12, 10:40 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 20 Marist (San Diego, Calif.)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 4 or 5:20 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 12 UC Santa Barbara or Long Beach State (San Diego, Calif.) |
Sunday, Feb. 13, TBD -- Tournament Rounds (San Diego, Calif.)

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (8-2) returns to the West Coast for the Triton Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 12-13) at UC San Diego's Canyonview and Triton Pools in San Diego, Calif. The Wolverines will open with No. 20-ranked Marist on Saturday (Feb. 12) at 10:40 a.m. PST at the Canyonview Pool. The two schools will be vying to face the winner of No. 12-ranked UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State at 5:20 p.m. PST on Saturday (Feb. 12). The loser of the U-M and Marist game will face the loser of the UCSB and LBSU at 4 p.m. PST. Both second round games will also be played at the Canyonview Pool. The tournament will continue with two games on Sunday (Feb. 13) as the Wolverines continue through the bracket.

U-M at the Triton Invitational -- Michigan will make its fourth appearance at UC San Diego's Triton Invitational. The Wolverines are 6-6 all-time at the tournament, coming in fourth place in 2009 after earning a seventh-place finish in 2005 and an eighth-place finish in 2007. Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver), then a sophomore, exploded for 10 goals, including both U-M gamewinners, at the 2009 tournament.

Help me Alison -- Alison Mantel moved to within one of Erin Brown's (133, 2002-05) program record for assists. Mantel, the only Wolverine to reach the 50-assist plateau in a season (50, 2010), is tied for second with 11 assists this season. She tallied 40 assists her rookie season and 31 her sophomore year before smashing the old single-season record her junior season. Her 138 career games are three less than Brown played en route to her 134 career helpers.

Hardware from California -- Senior Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) was named CWPA Western Division Player of the Week, sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) took home conference Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland) picked up her first CWPA Rookie of the Week laurel after the Wolverines went 6-0 against No. 12-ranked UC Santa Barbara, Concorida (Calif.) and in four games at the UCSB Winter Invitational (Fri-Sun., Jan. 28-30).

The Latest Stand of 300 -- Alison Mantel became the third Wolverine in program history to reach the 300-point plateau during her six-point game against No. 10-ranked UC Irvine (Jan. 29). Mantel has 175 goals and 132 assists for 307 points in 138 career games for the Maize and Blue. Shana Welch (2004-07) holds the program record with 394 points on 297 goals and 97 assists.

Goal Storm -- Michigan boasts three active players in the 100-goal club with two more knocking on the door. Seniors Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver), Alison Mantel and Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) represent three of the 13 players to reach the milestone. Senior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) and junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) are on pace to join them this season. Roberts, who has scored 83 career goals, averages just under 27 goals a season and Cobb, with 85 career markers, averages just shy of 40 goals per season.

Rank and File -- Michigan retained the No. 7 ranking in the third 2011 Women's Varsity Top 20 poll and retained the No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 10 poll, both released released Feb. 9. [ 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 110-30 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 11 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 289-115-1
Hartwick 273-105
UCLA 266-38
Southern Cal 257-40
Stanford 249-38

• Marist
   Series: U-M leads 6-0
Last Meeting: 9-7, W (5/9/09 - College Park, Md.)
• UC Santa Barbara
   Series: U-M trails 1-7
Last Meeting: 11-10, W 2ot (1/28/11 - Santa Barbara, Calif.)
• Long Beach State
   Series: U-M trails 1-7
Last Meeting: 6-10, L (2/25/07 - Irvine, Calif.)

Complete Statistics: Through 1/30/11

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 10 14 11 25
Lauren Orth 10 16 9 25
Audrey Pratt 10 9 12 21

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 10 21
Lauren Orth 10 14
Three Players Tied   9

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 7 5-1 48 9.85 .462
Morgan Turner 5 3-1 31 6.44 .517

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth - 16 games* (28 goals, 15 assists)
Alison Mantel - eight games (11 goals, 10 assists)
Kiki Golden - six games (five goals, five assists)
Lauren Colton - four games (four goals, five assists)
Ryley Plunkett - four games (six goals, three assists)
Keller Felt - three games (one goal, six assists)

Goals Streaks
Lauren Orth - seven games (14 goals)

Assists Streaks
Alison Mantel - seven games (10 assists)
Keller Felt - three games (six assists)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

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

• Mantel needs 25 goals to become the third player in program history to reach the 200-goal plateau.

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

Lauren Orth needs five goals to match Megan Hausmann (136, 2003-06) for seventh on the all-time list.

Keller Felt needs three points to reach 150 points on her career. She has 71 goals and 76 assists.

Kiki Golden needs one steal for 100 on her career.

Alex Adamson needs five stops to become the fifth Wolverine goalkeeper with 200 career saves.

Morgan Turner needs one win to become fifth Wolverine goalkeeper to reach the 20 career wins plateau.

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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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