Inside Water #5: U-M to Go for 300th Win, Honor Seniors at Home Invite

March 7, 2011

Friday, March 11, 6 p.m. -- vs. Mercyhurst* (Canham Natatorium) | Live Blog
Friday, March 11, 7:30 p.m. -- vs. Gannon* (Canham Natatorium) | Live Blog

Saturday, March 12, 9 a.m. -- vs. Grove City (Canham Natatorium)
Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m. -- vs. Maryland (Canham Natatorium) -- SENIOR NIGHT
Saturday, March 12, 7:15 p.m. -- vs. Siena (Canham Natatorium)
Sunday, March 13, Noon -- vs. Marist (Canham Natatorium)
Sunday, March 13, 3:45 p.m. -- vs. Iona (Canham Natatorium)

* - denotes CWPA league game

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (12-4, 0-0 CWPA West) will play seven games in three days as it hosts two CWPA Western Division opponents and the Wolverine Invitational this weekend (Fri-Sun., March 11-13) at Canham Natatorium. A perfect 7-0 weekend would give U-M 300 victories all-time, becoming the first program to reach the plateau in the modern era. Michigan will play Mercyhurst at 6 p.m. and Gannon at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (March 11). The Maize and Blue will then shift gears to the Wolverine Invitational, opening against Grove City at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning (March 12). Following a long layoff, U-M will play the final two games of the day against Maryland at 6 p.m. and Siena at 7:15 p.m. The weekend concludes on Sunday (March 13) with a noon contest against Marist and a 3:45 p.m. showdown with Iona.

Prior to Saturday's contest with the Terps, Michigan will recognize its six-member senior class.

Wolverine Invitational Schedule

Saturday, March 12
7:45 a.m. -- Mercyhurst vs. Iona
9 a.m. -- Michigan vs. Grove City
10:15 a.m. -- Maryland vs. Gannon
12:15 p.m. -- Grove City vs. Marist
1:30 p.m. -- Siena vs. Mercyhurst
3:30 p.m. -- Iona vs. Gannon
4:45 p.m. -- Marist vs. Mercyhurst
6 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Maryland (SENIOR NIGHT)
7:15 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Siena
Sunday, March 13
8 a.m. -- Gannon vs. Marist
9:15 a.m. -- Maryland vs. Iona
10:30 a.m. -- Grove City vs. Siena
Noon -- Michigan vs. Marist
1:15 p.m. -- Siena vs. Maryland
2:30 p.m. -- Gannon vs. Grove City
3:45 p.m. -- Michigan vs. Iona

Michigan vs. the CWPA -- CWPA league games will have added importance in 2011 as the conference dropped divisional tournaments and will crown the western division champion based on regular-season standings. The Wolverines are the three-time defending regular-season champions and won the last nine division tournaments. The Wolverines, who have not lost a league game since the 2007 season, are 19-1 at home and 66-3 all-time against divisional foes.

Michigan at the Wolverine Invitational -- Michigan boasts a 21-4 record in the six-year-old annual invitational. The Wolverine Invitational began in 2005 and has been played in March each season since. The Maize and Blue defeated Iona, Grove City and Siena at last year's tournament.

Senior Farewell -- Michigan will celebrate its six-member senior class on Saturday (March 12) before U-M's game against Maryland. The Wolverines will recognize the distinguished careers Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla), Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver), Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway), Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen), Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) and Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor). The class enters the weekend with a 126-44 overall record and is perfect in 16 division games. The talented class has a representative on every U-M career field player leaderboard and has guided the Wolverines to three CWPA division championships, CWPA Eastern Championships and NCAA Championship appearances.

The Last Stand of 300 -- Michigan needs seven 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
Michigan 293-117-1
Hartwick 280-108
UCLA 276-40
Southern Cal 263-42
Stanford 256-38

Matt's Milestone -- Matt Anderson enters the weekend with a 248-93 record, two wins shy of 250. The ninth-year head coach is one of just four coaches in school history to lead a women's team to 200 victories and the lone male in the group. A three-time Collegiate Water Polo Association Coach of the Year honoree and five-time division Coach of the Year, he is in the 200-win club with legendary U-M coaches Beverly Plocki (Women's Gymnastics, 1990-present) and Carol Hutchins (Softball, 1985-present) and Bitsy Ritt (Women's Tennis, 1984-2006).

Chasing Julie -- Alison Mantel has moved to within striking distance of becoming the second Wolverine in program history with 100 assists, 200 goals and 300 points in a career. She enters the weekend with 186 goals and a program-record 140 assists for 326 points. Mantel's former teammate Julie Hyrne (2006-09) is the only other Wolverine to meet all three plateaus.

Miss 200 -- Alison Mantel is also within striking distance of joining Julie Hyrne (2006-09) and Shana Welch (2004-07) in the exclusive 200-goal club. Welch tallied 297 goals in her career followed by Hyrne's 237 markers.

Keep it up -- Lauren Orth has been extraordinarily consistent this season, tallying a point in each contest. During her current 22-game point streak, which dates back to last season, Orth has tallied 34 goals and 23 assists. 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).

Goal Storm -- Michigan boasts three active players in the 100-goal club with two more knocking on the door. Seniors Cara Reitz, 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 (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) 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 92 career markers, averages just shy of 40 goals per season.

Senioritis -- This 2011 seniors should have no problem becoming the winningest class in program history; in three-plus years together they have amassed with a 114-32 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.

Rank and File -- Michigan moved up one spot to the No. 8 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 March 2. [ Complete Poll ]

• Mercyhurst
   Series: U-M leads 12-0
• Gannon
   Series: U-M leads 15-0
• Grove City
   Series: U-M leads 14-0
• Maryland
   Series: U-M leads 8-0
• Siena
   Series: U-M leads 4-0
• Marist
   Series: U-M leads 6-0
• Iona
   Series: U-M leads 3-0

Complete Statistics: Through 2/27/11

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 16 25 19 44
Lauren Orth 16 22 17 39
Two Players Tied 16 - - 30

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 16 27
Lauren Orth 16 19
Alison Mantel 16 18

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 12 8-2 81 8.82 .485
Morgan Turner 8 4-2 42 7.22 .477

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth - 22 games* (34 goals, 23 assists)
Alison Mantel - 14 games (22 goals, 18 assists)
Lauren Colton - 10 games (16 goals, eight assists)
Meagan Cobb - eight games (eight goals, four assists)
Audrey Pratt - six games (five goals, eight assists)
Kelsey Nolan - four games (three goals, three assists)
Cara Reitz - three games (four goals, three assists)
Claire Ivry - three games (two goals, two assists)

Goals Streaks
Alison Mantel - five games (11 goals)
Lauren Orth - four games (six goals)
Cara Reitz - three games (four goals)

Assists Streaks
Audrey Pratt - six games (eight assists)
Lauren Orth - three games (six assists)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

Alison Mantel needs 14 goals to become the third player in program history to reach the 200-goal plateau.

Lauren Orth needs six goals to match Julie Nisbet (143, 2001-04) for sixth on the all-time list.

• Orth needs four assists to match Sharayah Hernandez (112, 2006-09) for sixth on the U-M career list.

Keller Felt needs five steals to reach 100 on her career.

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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.

Saturday, March 26 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 2 p.m. -- TV: Big Ten Network
Sat-Sun., April 2-3 -- at Tiger Tournament (Princeton, N.J.)
Sat-Sun., April 9-10 -- at Bison Invitational (Lewisburg, Pa.)

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