March 12, 2013
Five Good Meters
| Coach Anderson Interview
WOLVERINE INVITATIONAL (Tournament Central)
Friday, March 15 -- vs. Gannon (Canham Natatorium), 6 p.m.
Friday, March 15 -- vs. Mercyhurst (Canham Natatorium), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 -- vs. Notre Dame College (Canham Natatorium), 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 16 -- vs. Siena (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 -- vs. Grove City (Canham Natatorium), 9:30 a.m.
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The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (4-10, 0-0 CWPA West) will play five games as part of its annual Wolverine Invitational this weekend at Canham Natatorium. On Friday (March 15), U-M will kick off its CWPA Western Division schedule with back-to-back league games against Gannon (6 p.m. ) and Mercyhurst (7:30 p.m.). The Wolverines will face another league opponent in Notre Dame College at 10 a.m. on Saturday (March 16) and face Siena at 5 p.m. that evening before wrapping its tournament against Grove City at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (March 17).
WOLVERINE INVITATIONAL (Tournament Central)
Friday, March 15
Game 1 -- No. 18 Michigan vs. Gannon, 6 p.m.
Game 2 -- No. 18 Michigan vs. Mercyhurst, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 16
Game 3 -- Grove City vs. Mercyhurst, 8:45 a.m.
Game 4 -- No. 18 Michigan vs. Notre Dame College, 10 a.m.
Game 5 -- Gannon vs. Siena, 11:15 a.m.
Game 6 -- Notre Dame vs. Grove City, 1:30 p.m.
Game 7 -- Mercyhurst vs. Gannon, 3 p.m.
Game 8 -- No. 18 Michigan vs. Siena, 5 p.m.
Game 9 -- Notre Dame vs. Mercyhurst, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17
Game 10 -- Siena vs. Notre Dame, 8 a.m.
Game 11 -- No. 18 Michigan vs. Grove City, 9:30 a.m.
Game 12 -- Siena vs. Mercyhurst, 11:30 a.m.
Game 13 -- Gannon vs. Grove City, 12:45 p.m.
The Wolverines own a combined 53-0 record in the all-time series against their five Wolverine Invitational opponents. Michigan is 18-0 against Gannon, 14-0 against both Mercyhurst and Grove City, 6-0 against Siena and 1-0 against Notre Dame College.
The Wolverines has won 11 consecutive CWPA division crowns overall and three of the last five CWPA Eastern Championship titles. Overall, U-M has posted a dominant 75-5 division record over the program's history.
Michigan will honor its five-person senior class prior to its Saturday evening game against Siena. Seniors Alex Adamson, Lauren Colton, Kiki Golden, Katie Hazelrigg and Natalie Naruns contributed to a 92-35 U-M record over their four-year tenure.
After a two-game scoring drought, senior Kiki Golden notched two markers in the Wolverines' spring-break contest at Hawaii. It was her eighth multi-goal game of the season. Golden leads Michigan with 25 goals already this season; she has scored in 11 of U-M's 14 games.
Junior Hathaway Moore made her season debut in U-M's spring-break contest at Hawaii. The Wolverine captain, who missed the first 13 games with injury, netted a goal in the third quarter. Moore posted 39 goals and 31 assists over her first two collegiate seasons.
Twenty different Wolverines have scored goals this year. With the exception of the goalies and two injured players, every player on U-M's roster has scored at least one goal this season.
Senior Kiki Golden and freshman Presley Pender have both surpassed 20 points already this season. Golden leads the team in goals and points with 25-5-30 totals, while Pender boasts a team-leading 15 assists as part of her 11-15-26 output.
Michigan faced ranked opponents in 10 of its first 14 games, including eight games against top-10 teams. U-M has faced the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4, No. 7, No. 8 (3x), No. 10, No. 11 and No. 16 nationally ranked teams.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: Is it a relief to finally get back into the water and playing with the team?
A: It's a huge relief. It's been really frustrating, obviously, being out for three months and not even being able to get into the water. I had to take almost like a coaching perspective on things, watching and not being in the water with the girls. It just feels so great. It was awesome in Hawaii being able to actually get in the water, play, shoot and everything.
Q: Can you take a situation like that and learn from it? Taking on a coach-like perspective, can that benefit you in some way?
A: I definitely learned a lot. It's no secret that we haven't had the type of first half that we wanted. I've been able to look on from outside the water and figure out who is playing best together, what we're not doing and where we might not be following the game plan in certain situations. I think now that I'm able to get into the water, I'll be able to transfer that message to the girls, and we'll able to come together as a team and really push through this second half.
Q: Do you think your return will give the team a big boost?
A: I think having anyone out of the water is going to take a toll on a team. We inevitably won't work as well as a unit if one of the more-experienced players is out. So, I think it will help, just as a captain and an upperclassman. Since our team is predominantly freshmen, I think it helps to have that experience back in the water.
Q: How was the Hawaii trip?
A: It was awesome. We stayed in a 26-person house right on the water. It was absolutely beautiful. We did a ton of team bonding, and I think we really came together as a group. We read the Bo [Schembechler] book together and really worked on leadership and focused in on our controllables. I think it's great that at the halfway point of the season, we're really refocusing the group and redirecting our mindset on what our goals are for the end of the season. All in all, it was great, and I think we learned a lot.
Q: Will the Wolverine Invitational this weekend be a great opportunity to kick-start the second half of the season?
A: Hawaii was awesome, but we're ready to kick some butt and get back in the swing of things. We're Michigan, and we're used to winning. The first half of the season didn't go as planned, but we're refocused, we're driven, and we know we need to get the job done. This weekend, we're going to get it started off.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines dropped their spring-break road contest to No. 8 Hawaii, 9-3, in midweek action last Wednesday (March 6). U-M held with Hawaii through the opening quarter, before the Rainbow Wahine pulled away with a four-goal second. Two-time All-American Monika Eggens scored four goals for Hawaii, including three in the first half. Senior Kiki Golden scored a pair of goals -- in the first and fourth quarters -- while junior Hathaway Moore netted a third-quarter marker in her season debut. Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson posted four saves in the Wolverine net. [ Full Recap ]
Sat-Sun., March 23-24 -- at Sun Devil Invitational (Tempe, Ariz.)