Inside Water #4: Wolverines and Rams to Lock Up for a Pair of Contests

Feb. 21, 2011

Saturday, Feb. 26, noon MST-- at Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Sunday, Feb. 27, noon MST-- at Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colo.)

The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (10-4) will spend the first weekend of spring break taking on Colorado State on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 26-27) at noon PST in Fort Collins, Colo. The weekend will also include several team building events, with stops at the National Rodeo Hall of Fame, the United States Air Force Academy and Pike's Peak.

Firing Blanks -- Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made history en route to her CWPA Western Division Defensive Player of the Week (Feb. 15) laurel. Adamson became just the second U-M goalkeeper to go the distance in a shutout, blanking Long Beach State (Saturday, Feb. 12). Adamson, who joined Kimberly Gero (2007-08) in the exclusive club, matched a career high with 11 stops in the effort. The shutout was the fifth in U-M program history.

Keep it up -- Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) has tallied a point in each contest this season. During her current 20-game point streak, which dates back to last season, Orth has tallied 31 goals and 18 assists. Orth leads the Wolverines with 19 goals in 14 games this season. Only two Wolverines have ever tallied a point in every game in one season. Shana Welch (2004-07) and Julie Hyrne (2006-09) both completed the feat during the 2007 campaign with Hyrne's coming during a program-record 44-game string (48 goals, 22 assists).

Help me Alison -- Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) became the program's all-time leader in assists in the midst of a three-helper game against Marist (Feb. 12). Mantel passed Erin Brown (133, 2002-05) for the program record, which now sits at 139 assists. Mantel tallied 40 assists her rookie season and 31 her sophomore year before smashing the old single-season record with 50 during her junior season.

Two-Meter Express -- Michigan got a bushel of production from its two-meter set at the UCSD Triton Invitational (Feb. 12-13) with junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) combining for 13 goals and four assists in four games. That gave the duo a hand in 38 percent of Michigan's offense at the tournament. The pair also collected 14 drawn kickouts to set up U-M's power play.

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 represent three of the 13 players to reach the milestone. Senior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) and junior Meagan Cobb are on pace to join them this season. Roberts, who has scored 85 career goals, averages just under 27 goals a season and Cobb, with 90 career markers, averages just shy of 40 goals per season.

Rank and File -- Michigan slipped to the No. 9 ranking in the fourth 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. 16. [ 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 a 112-32 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 nine 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
Southern Cal260-40

• Colorado State
   Series: U-M leads 8-0
Last Meeting: 14-6, W (1/23/10 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Complete Statistics: Through 2/13/11

Alison Mantel14181836
Lauren Orth14191231
Audrey Pratt14121628

Kiki Golden1425
Lauren Orth1416
Alison Mantel1414

Alex Adamson106-2708.66.493
Morgan Turner74-2406.98.494

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth - 20 games* (31 goals, 18 assists)
Alison Mantel - 12 games (15 goals, 17 assists)
Kiki Golden - 10 games (10 goals, seven assists)
Lauren Colton - eight games (12 goals, seven assists)
Audrey Pratt - six games (five goals, eight assists)
Meagan Cobb - six games (six goals, four assists)

Assists Streaks
Audrey Pratt - six games (eight assists)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

Alison Mantel needs 21 goals to become the third player in program history to reach the 200-goal plateau.

Sarah Roberts needs one drawn ejection to match Wesley Ellison (96, 2004-07) for sixth on the all-time list.

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

• Orth needs five points to match Erin Brown (242, 2002-05) for sixth on the U-M career list.

• Orth neds five assists to match Mary Chatigny (108, 2006-09) for seventh on the U-M career list.

Cara Reitz needs two steals to equal Kelsey Haley (136, 2006-09) for eighth on the all-time list.

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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, March 11 -- vs. Mercyhurst (Canham Natatorium), 6 p.m.
Friday, March 11 -- vs. Gannon (Canham Natatorium), 7:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun., March 12-13 -- host Wolverine Invitational (Canham Natatorium)

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