Inside Water #4: Wolverines Face Six-Game Weekend Out West

Feb. 24, 2010

Friday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m. PST-- vs. Siena (Thousand Oaks, Calif)
Friday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m. PST -- at Cal Lutheran (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

Saturday, Feb. 27, 12:45 p.m. PST--
vs. No. 13 San Diego State (Corona Del Mar High School)
Saturday, Feb. 27, 4:40 or 5:45 p.m. PST -- vs. No. 3 UCLA or No. 14 UC Santa Barbara (Corona Del Mar High School) |
Sunday, Feb. 28, TBD -- Tournament Rounds (Corona Del Mar High School or Anteater Aquatics Complex)

The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (9-3, 0-0 CWPA West) faces its first six-game weekend of the season, playing a pair of games on Friday (Feb. 26) at Cal Lutheran before joining a field of the top teams in the country for the UCI Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 27-28). The UCI Invitational will be split across Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif. and the Anteater Aquatics Complex in Irvine, Calif. The Wolverines will open with Siena at 10 a.m. CST and Cal Lutheran at 1 p.m. CST on Friday in the Regals' Samuelson Aquatics Center. The Wolverines will take on No. 13-ranked San Diego State at 12:45 p.m. PST at Corona Del Mar High School to open the weekend's invite on Saturday. Later in the day, Michigan will advance to face either No. 3-ranked UCLA or No. 14-ranked UC Santa Barbara at Corona Del Mar High School in the winners bracket at 4:30 p.m. PST or the consolation bracket at 5:45 p.m. PST. Teams will continue through tournament play on Sunday.

U-M at the UCI Invitational -- Michigan will make its fourth consecutive appearance at UCI Invitational/Anteater Invitational. The Wolverines are 4-8 at the tournament after facing four top-10 teams and eight top-20 squads. At last year's tournament, current-senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) had 11 points, while current-juniors Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) and Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) had seven and six points, respectively. At the 2007 event, then-sophomore Julie Hyrne (2006-09) set a program-record with 10 points in a game against then-No. 14 UC San Diego on Feb. 25, 2007.

Hardware Store -- Michigan collected all three CWPA Western Division Player of the Week awards this week. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) was named Player of the Week, freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) picked up the Defensive Player of the Week laurel and freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) was named Rookie of the Week.

Quick Study -- Sophomore Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) needs one goal to reach 50 scores in her young career. She has nine games to dent the twine to become the fifth-fastest Wolverine to the plateau just ahead of Erin Brown (2002-05), who did it in 56 games.

Turner Them Away -- Sophomore Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) hit the career minimum of 200 shots to qualify for the all-time save percentage list and slots into second place with a .615 save percentage. She trails only Betsey Armstrong (.654, 2002-05) for the program record. Turner is currently tied for fifth all-time in wins with Sally Stone (2005-06) and trails the program's first netminder, Camille Clarendon (15, 2001), by three victories for fourth place. Fifth-year senior Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) is second on that list with 48 wins to her credit.

Water Polo U -- Michigan and UCLA are in an exclusive group of schools to have a varsity and club team in the top five of the national polls at the same time. The U-M varsity squad reached the No. 5 ranking in the Feb. 10 poll and had held that spot in the two queries since. The club squad has been ranked No. 5 since the second poll of the year, released on Jan. 28. Former player and current student manager Allison Born (2007-08) is a driver on the club squad and is coached by former Wolverine Rebecca Godek (2002, '04-'05)

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

• Siena
U-M leads 2-0
   Last Meeting:
13-3, W (3/15/09 - Wolverine Invitational - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Cal Lutheran
U-M leads 6-0
   Last Meeting:
15-6, W (3/15/08 - Wolverine Invitational- Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• San Diego State
U-M trails 3-11
   Last Meeting:
9-4, W (1/24/10 - Michigan Kick-Off- Ann Arbor, Mich.)
   U-M vs. No. 13: 1-5
U-M trails 0-5
   Last Meeting:
7-10, L (1/24/10 - Michigan Kick-Off - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
   U-M vs. No. 3: 1-9
• UC Santa Barbara
U-M trails 0-7
   Last Meeting:
4-7, L (2/22/09 - Anteater Invitational - Newport Beach, Calif.)
   U-M vs. No. 14: 12-2

Top Returnees: Through 2/21/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 12 20 14 34
Leah Robertson 12 19 10 29
Kiki Golden 12 18 10 28

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 12 35
Leah Robertson 12 26
Cara Reitz 12 23

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Brittany May 6 2-2 22 9.33 .386
Morgan Turner 5 5-0 45 8.00 .556

Point Streaks
Alison Mantel -- 13 games* (21 goals, 14 assists)
Kiki Golden -- 12 games (18 goals, 10 assists)
Keller Felt -- seven games (four goals, nine assists)
Lauren Orth -- five games (seven goals, 10 assists)
Roxanne Mansfield -- three games (two goals, one assist)

Goal Streaks
Alison Mantel -- eight games (15 goals)
Kiki Golden -- four games (seven goals)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2009 season

Sarah Roberts needs to draw one more ejection to jump onto the career top 10list. Roberts will match Mary Chatigny (76, 2006-09) for 10th place.

Terri Bukofzer needs three steals to tie Kelsey Haley (136, 2006-09) for sixth on the all-time list.

Leah Robertson sits 52 DKOs shy of Julie Nisbet's (204, 2001-04) program record.

• Robertson (133 career goals) and Alison Mantel (125 career goals) sit sixth and seventh on the all-time goals list, respectively, and are chasing Megan Hausmann (136, 2003-06) for fifth place.

Brittany May needs two wins for 50 career victories.

Michigan remained as the No. 5 team in the country, an historic ranking it has held since the 2010 Women's Varsity Top 20 poll released Feb. 24. 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 9-3
At Canham Natatorium 3-1
On the road 1-1
At a neutral site 5-1
vs. top-10 opponents 3-3
vs. ranked opponents 5-3
vs. unranked opponents 4-0
vs. teams .500 or better 7-3
vs. teams worse than .500 2-0
U-M after a win 5-3
U-M after a loss 3-0
U-M scores first 6-0
Scoring 7 or more goals 9-1
Leading after 2 periods 9-0
Trailing after 2 periods 1-3
Leading after 3 periods 8-0
Trailing after 3 periods 1-3
Overtime games 1-0
U-M in January 3-1
U-M in February 6-2
Current streak W5
Last 10 games 7-3
Longest winning streak 5 Games

Michigan swept through four games at the Princeton Invitational (Sat-Sun., Feb. 20-21) with wins over No. 20-ranked Princeton, No. 12-ranked Hartwick, Harvard and Wagner. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) scored 11 goals to go with five assists, while freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) had a 14-steal weekend. Sophomore Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) and freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) split the weekend, each taking home two victories in the cage.

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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., March 6-7 -- at Elite Eight (Bloomington, Ind.)
Friday, March 12 -- host CWPA League Games (Canham Natatorium)
Sat-Sun., March 13-14
-- host Wolverine Invitational (Canham Natatorium)

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