March 5, 2014
HARVARD INVITATIONAL (Tournament Info)
Saturday, March 8 -- at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass.), 8 a.m.
Saturday, March 8 -- vs. Marist (Cambridge, Mass.), 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 -- vs. No. 16 San Diego State (Cambridge, Mass.), 2:15 p.m.
The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (7-10) will face a three-game slate at the Harvard Invitational this weekend at Blodgett Pool in Cambridge, Mass. On Saturday (March 8), U-M will kick off the tournament against host Harvard (7-3) at 8 a.m. before closing out the day against Marist (4-9) at 6 p.m. The Wolverines will wrap up the tournament appearance on Sunday (March 9), facing No. 16 San Diego State (8-6) at 2:15 p.m.
Every game of the Harvard Invitational will be streamed on a pay-per-view basis through the Ivy Digital Network.
The Wolverines' current four-game winning streak is their longest of the 2014 season. U-M has also claimed four of its last five games.
Eleven of Michigan's first 14 games were against top-20 opposition. U-M has faced the No. 3, No. 6, No. 4, No. 8, No. 9, No. 12, No. 15 (twice), No. 16 and No. 20 (twice) nationally ranked teams.
Senior Kelsey Nolan extended her scoring streak to nine straight games with goals in all four games at last weekend's Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1). The Wolverine senior has scored at least one goal in 15 of the Wolverines' 17 games this season.
Nolan and freshman Allison Skaggs both registered three hat-trick efforts, including one four-goal game apiece, at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1). Nolan boasts five hat tricks on the season, while Skaggs tallied the first of her career in last weekend's tournament opener against UC Santa Barbara.
Skaggs was named the CWPA Rookie of the Week for her 10-goal effort at the Cal Lutheran Invitational. It is the second weekly honor for the Wolverine newcomer and the second straight for Michigan; freshman Emily Browning garnered the distinction last week.
Senior Hathaway Moore returned to competition at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1) after missing 11 games with injury. She scored three goals over the weekend, including two in the finale against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Sophomore Ali Thomason also recorded a hat trick last weekend against Whittier at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1). It is her third of the season. Overall, five Wolverine players own at least one hat trick this season. In addition to Nolan, Skaggs and Thomason, senior Audrey Pratt and sophomore Barbara Lanier own one apiece.
Four Michigan players have averaged more than a goal per game this season. Senior Kelsey Nolan leads the Wolverines with 31 tallies, while sophomore Ali Thomason and freshman Allison Skaggs boast 19 apiece, and sophomore Presley Pender owns 18. All three Wolverines have appeared in all 17 games this season.
Freshman Allison Larko recorded her first collegiate goal -- and then a second -- in the second half against Whittier at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1).
Six Wolverine freshmen have already registered their first collegiate goals this season. Allison Skaggs headlines the group with 19 goals, while Jamie Nolan, Heidi Moreland, Brittany Kirwan, Kaitlyn Cozens and Allison Larko also own at least one tally. Every Wolverine freshman owns at least one point already this season. While still missing their first collegiate goals, Emily Browning and Kimberly Graziano have both tallied assists.
With a team-leading 31 goals on the season, senior Kelsey Nolan is already just eight goals shy of her career best in the category (39, which she recorded as a sophomore in 2012). A two-time All-CWPA Western Division selection, Nolan has ranked among U-M's leading scorers in each of her collegiate seasons. She boasts 118 goals in her collegiate career.
All three Wolverine goalkeepers earned playing time and contributed to U-M's perfect record at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1). The trio combined for 36 saves.
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 111 in her tenure at Michigan. Only senior Kelsey Nolan has more among active players with 123.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Harvard -- The Crimson enter the weekend with a 7-3 season record. They dropped their most-recent outing to Princeton, 11-9 (March 2), and split two other games against common MAAC opponents, narrowly falling to Wagner, 12-11, before defeating Iona, 13-7. Yoshi Anderson and Shayna Price lead the Harvard team with 26 goals; Anderson also boasts 17 assists. Michigan owns a perfect 6-0 series record against the Crimson, most recently defeating them, 13-10, in 2011.
Marist -- The Red Foxes are 4-9 on the season and have dropped each of their last three meetings, including a 13-9 loss to Brown in their latest appearance (Feb. 22). Jessica Hamby leads the Marist squad with 26 goals, while goalkeeper Skyler Henry owns a .457 save percentage and 10.3 goals-against average. Michigan is 9-0 in the all-time series against Marist, most recently defeating the Red Foxes, 10-7, in 2012.
San Diego State -- The Aztecs own an 8-6 record on the season after splitting a pair of games last weekend (March 1-2), narrowly defeating Cal Baptist, 6-5, before falling to UC Irvine, 13-6. Anique Hermann and Caroline Israels lead the SDSU team with 18 goals apiece, while goalkeeper Rachel Mitchell owns a 7.09 goals-against average. Michigan trails in the all-time series against San Diego State, 13-5, and have lost each of the last two meetings, including an 11-10 double-overtime decision last season in Ann Arbor.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines boasted a 4-0 record at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1), defeating No. 15 UC Santa Barbara (11-10 OT), Azusa Pacific (14-8), Whittier (14-8) and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (14-8). Michigan rallied to win the first game, scoring two late goals in the fourth before netting the game-winner midway through the second overtime frame. U-M jumped out to sizable early leads to cruise to its final three games of the tournament. [ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]
Sat-Sun., March 15-16 -- host Wolverine Invitational (Canham Natatorium)