Inside Water #3: U-M to Take Part in Princeton Invitational

Feb. 15, 2010

Saturday, Feb. 20, 11:20 a.m.
-- at Princeton (DeNunzio Pool)
Saturday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. -- vs. No. 12 Hartwick (DeNunzio Pool)
Sunday, Feb. 21, 8 a.m. -- vs. Harvard (DeNunzio Pool)
Sunday, Feb. 21, 12:40 p.m. -- vs. Wagner (DeNunzio Pool)

The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (5-3, 0-0 CWPA West) returns to the East Coast for the Princeton Invitational (Sat-Sun., Feb. 20-21) in Princeton, N.J. For the second weekend in a row, the Wolverines will open with the host school, playing Princeton on Saturday (Feb. 20) at 11:20 a.m. Later in the day, the Maize and Blue will go up against No. 12-ranked Hartwick at 6:30 p.m. Sunday's (Feb. 21) slate includes Harvard at 8 a.m. and Wagner at 12:40 p.m. The Wolverines have faced both of their opening day opponents at each of the last two CWPA Eastern Championships.

U-M at the Princeton Invitational -- Michigan is making its fourth appearance at the Princeton Invitational where it has gone 10-1 across the 2002, 2004 and 2008 tournaments. The Maize and Blue holds victories at the invitational over all four opponents this weekend. U-M downed the Tigers in 2004 and 2008, the Hawks and Crimson in 2002 and Seahawks in 2004. Two Wolverine juniors, who were freshmen at the 2008 event, have fond memories of the event. Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) registered her first career hat trick and Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) scored her first career marker as part of a two-goal game against George Washington on the first day of competition of the 2008 invitational.

Back East -- The Wolverines return to the East where they have had great success over the last two seasons. Michigan has gone a combined 53-1 against the region and carried winning streaks of 27- and 25-games into the 2008 and 2009 NCAA Championships, respectively, as a result.

No You May Not Score -- Fifth-year senior Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) has been almost perfect for the Maize and Blue when facing teams from the East since her arrival in 2008. The U-M netminder is 32-1 (.970) when tending the cage against teams from the right side of the Mississippi. She has been rewarded with spots on the CWPA All-Western Division first team in each of her first two seasons in Ann Arbor.

Fastest to 200 -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) continued her torrid pace on offense at the Stanford Invitational (Feb. 6-7), reaching the 200-point plateau in the weekend finale. Mantel tallied her 200th point in the 95th game of her career, matching Shana Welch (2004-07) for the fastest to the mark. Mantle was also the fastest to 100 points, edging senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) by five games and earning recognition on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Hardware Store -- Michigan's historic win over then-No. 3-ranked Hawaii and then-No. 7-ranked San Jose State yielded three accolades from the CWPA last week (Feb. 9). Alison Mantel was named co-Player of the Week, sophomore Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) was tabbed Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) was named the Rookie of the Week.

Going to be a TV Star -- Michigan's showdown with Indiana in the CWPA Western Division regular-season finale will be broadcast to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. The game, set for 1 p.m. on April 3 at Canham Natatorium, will be shown on same-day tape delay at 5 p.m. For channel listings in your area, visit

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 two contests before she hits 44 games played, 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.

• Princeton
U-M leads 13-3
   Last Meeting:
12-7, W (4/24/09 - CWPA Eastern Championship - Cambridge, Mass.)
• Hartwick
U-M leads 10-4
   Last Meeting:
12-6, W (4/26/09 - CWPA Eastern Championship - Cambridge, Mass.)
• Harvard
U-M leads 3-0
   Last Meeting:
13-2, W (2/14/09 - Harvard Invitational - Cambridge, Mass.)
• Wagner
U-M leads 5-0
   Last Meeting:
12-6, W (3/29/08 - Fluid Five - Bloomington, Ind..)

2010 Statistics: Through 2/7/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 8 14 10 24
Kiki Golden 8 11 5 16
Leah Robertson 8 8 6 14

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 8 21
Cara Reitz 8 16
Leah Robertson 8 16

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Brittany May 6 2-2 22 9.33 .386
Morgan Turner 3 3-0 24 6.00 .615

Point Streaks
Alison Mantel -- nine games* (15 goals, 10 assists)
Kiki Golden -- eight games (11 goals, eight assists)
Leah Robertson -- four games (four goals, five assists)

Goal Streaks
Alison Mantel -- four games (nine goals)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2009 season

Leah Robertson needs three assists to match Sharayah Hernandez (112, 2006-09) and nine points to match Erin Brown (242, 2002-05) for fourth on the U-M career lists. She also needs two goals to equal Carrie Frost (124, 2006-09) for sixth on the U-M career list. Robertson sits 55 drawn kickouts shy of Julie Nisbet's (204, 2001-04) program record.

Alison Mantel needs five goals to match Frost (124, 2006-09) for sixth on the U-M career list. She also needs six points to match Hernandez (206, 2006-09) for ninth on the all-time list.

Brittany May needs two wins for 50 career victories.

Terri Bukofzer needs one steal to tie Megan Hausmann (129, 2003-06) for seventh on the all-time list.

Michigan continued its historic climb up the rankings, cracking the top five for the first time in the 2010 Women's Varsity Top 20 poll released Feb. 10. Michigan continued to hold the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 10 after sharing it in the preseason poll. (Complete Poll)


Overall record 5-3
At Canham Natatorium 3-1
On the road 0-1
At a neutral site 2-1
vs. top-10 opponents 3-3
vs. ranked opponents 3-3
vs. unranked opponents 2-0
vs. teams .500 or better 3-3
vs. teams worse than .500 2-0
U-M after a win 1-3
U-M after a loss 3-0
U-M scores first 3-0
Scoring 7 or more goals 5-1
Leading after 2 periods 4-0
Trailing after 2 periods 1-3
Leading after 3 periods 4-0
Trailing after 3 periods 1-3
Overtime games 1-0
U-M in January 3-1
U-M in February 2-2
Current streak W1
Last 10 games 5-3
Longest winning streak 2 Games

Michigan earned a 2-2 record at the Stanford Invitational (Sat-Sun., Feb. 6-7) with victories over No. 7-ranked San Jose State and No. 3-ranked Hawaii. The double-overtime thriller with the Rainbow Wahine marked the highest ranked opponent that the Wolverines have beat in program history. U-M also had to contend with the nation's top two teams, falling to No. 1-ranked Stanford and No. 2-ranked USC.

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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.

Friday, Feb. 26 -- at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Sat-Sun., Feb. 27-28 -- at UC Irvine Invitational (Irvine, Calif.)
Sat-Sun., March 6-7 -- at Elite Eight (Bloomington, Ind.)

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