Feb. 18, 2014
Saturday, Feb. 22 -- vs. Cal Baptist (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 7 p.m.
The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (2-9, 0-1) will head to Bloomington, Ind., this Saturday (Feb. 22) for a pair of games at the annual Fluid Four tournament. U-M will face No. 19 Cal Baptist (5-7) at 11 a.m. before taking on No. 15 rival Indiana (8-2, 1-0 CWPA) in a CWPA Western Division contest at 7 p.m. Both games will be hosted at the Hoosiers' Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center.
Eleven of Michigan's first 13 games will be against top-20 opposition. After the weekend, U-M will have faced the No. 3, No. 6, No. 4, No. 8, No. 9, No. 12, No. 13, No. 15, No. 17 and No. 20 (2x) nationally ranked teams.
Michigan/Indiana series has produced 19 one-goal games and one tie. Only 12 times has one side earned a victory with more than a two-goal margin over the pursuer. The Maize and Blue has won 12 of the last 15 meetings dating back to the 2007 season.
Senior Kelsey Nolan surpassed 100 career goals with a five-goal effort at the Bison Invitational (Feb. 15-16), upping her four-year total to 104. A two-time All-CWPA Western Division selection, Nolan has ranked among U-M's leading scorers in each of her collegiate seasons.
Sophomore Barbara Lanier recorded a career-best five goals -- three in the fourth quarter -- against UC San Diego in the Bison Invitational opener (Feb. 15). Lanier recorded four hat tricks as a freshman last season. Her previous best was four goals, which she tallied against Washington & Jefferson.
Sophomore Ali Thomason recorded her second hat trick of the season -- third of her career -- in U-M's win against Wagner (Feb. 15). She is one of four Wolverines with a hat trick this season. Like Thomason, senior Kelsey Nolan boasts two this season; while senior Audrey Pratt and sophomore Barbara Lanier own one apiece.
Two Michigan players have already hit double-digit goals this season. Senior Kelsey Nolan leads the Wolverines with 17 tallies, while sophomore Ali Thomason boasts 13; both Wolverines have appeared in 11 games.
Four Wolverine freshmen have already registered their first collegiate goals this season. Allison Skaggs headlines the group with nine goals, while Jamie Nolan, Heidi Moreland and Brittany Kirwan also scored in the opening three weekends.
Sophomore Presley Pender boasts a team-leading 17 assists this season, averaging 1.55 assists per game. Pender also led Michigan last season with 35 -- the third best assist tally for a U-M rookie in program history. Michigan's season assist record is 50, set by Alison Mantel in 2010.
Junior Danielle Robinson ranks second on the team with a career-best 11 assists -- already four more than her season total last year. With five goals, Robinson is also just two shy of matching her tally from a season ago.
With 29 saves on the season, including 21 in two appearances on the California trip, sophomore goalkeeper Julia Campbell has already matched her save total from a season ago (28). She posted 12 saves against UCLA (Feb. 1) and nine against California (Feb. 2) -- both surpassing her previous career-best seven, which she tallied last season against Gannon.
Senior Audrey Pratt played in her 100th career game in the Wolverines' Stanford Invitational slate against California (Feb. 2). She has since upped her appearances to 105 in her tenure at Michigan. Only senior Kelsey Nolan has more with 117.
Freshman Allison Skaggs was named the first CWPA Western Division Rookie Player of the Week of the season after posting three goals, two assists and four steals over the two-game Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 18). Skaggs tallied two goals and two assists in her collegiate debut against Iona.
All three Wolverine goalkeepers has already posted at least one save this season.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Cal Baptist -- The Lancers carry a 7-5 record into the weekend after claiming three of four games at their own tournament last weekend (Feb. 14-15), including a 15-5 decision against Whittier in their last contest. Michigan owns a perfect 5-0 record in the all-time series against CBU, including a 10-4 win in last season's meeting.
Indiana -- The Hoosiers are 8-2 on the season and 1-0 in CWPA Western Division play after an 11-5 decision over Hartwick in its second tournament appearance of the season. Indiana went 2-2 in its most recent outing at the Triton Invitational (Feb. 8-9), earning wins over Sonoma State (18-5) and San Diego State (10-6) while falling to Cal State Northridge (9-8) and UC Davis (8-7). Michigan owns a lopsided 33-11-1 advantage in the all-time series against rival Indiana but dropped the most recent meeting -- a 10-5 decision at the season-opening Michigan Kick-Off on Jan. 18. U-M claimed two of three meetings last season, including a 6-5 decision in the Eastern semifinals.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines posted a 1-3 record against four nationally-ranked opponents at the Bison Invitational last weekend (Feb. 15-16), earning a 9-8 win over No. 20 Wagner before dropping a pair of close heartbreakers against CWPA rivals No. 20 Hartwick (12-10 OT) and No. 8 Princeton (8-6). Sophomores Ali Thomason and Barbara Lanier headlined Michigan's offensive efforts with seven and six goals, respectively, while freshman goalkeeper Emily Browning recorded 20 saves over three games played. [ Bison Invitational Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]
Fri-Sat., Feb. 28-March 1 -- at Cal Lutheran Invitational (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)