Week #7: U-M Set to Host Annual Wolverine Invitational
MGOBLUE Elizabeth Williams
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Elizabeth Williams
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March 12, 2014

THIS WEEK
WOLVERINE INVITATIONAL (Tournament Central)
Saturday, March 15 -- vs. Gannon (Canham Natatorium), 8 a.m.
Saturday, March 15 -- vs. Notre Dame College (Canham Natatorium), 9:15 a.m.
Saturday, March 15 -- vs. Pacific (Canham Natatorium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 16 -- vs. Siena (Canham Natatorium), 8 a.m.
Sunday, March 16 -- vs. Fresno Pacific (Canham Natatorium), 12:45 p.m.

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The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (10-10, 0-2 CWPA West) will play five games as part of its annual Wolverine Invitational this weekend at Canham Natatorium. On Saturday (March 15), U-M will kick off the tournament with back-to-back league games against Gannon (8 a.m.) and Notre Dame College (9:15 a.m.) before closing out the evening against Pacific (7 pm.). The Wolverines will face open Saturday (March 16) against Siena at 8 a.m. that evening before wrapping its tournament against Fresno Pacific at 12:45 p.m.

WOLVERINE INVITATIONAL (Tournament Central)

Saturday, March 15
Game 1 -- Michigan vs. Gannon, 8 a.m.
Game 2 -- Michigan vs. Notre Dame College, 9:15 a.m.
Game 3 -- Pacific vs. Siena, 10:30 a.m.
Game 4 -- Mercyhurst vs. Fresno Pacific, 11:45 a.m.
Game 5 -- Pacific vs. Gannon, 1:45 p.m.
Game 6 -- Siena vs. Fresno Pacific, 3:30 p.m.
Game 7 -- Mercyhurst vs. Notre Dame College, 4:45 p.m.
Game 8 -- Michigan vs. Pacific, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 16
Game 9 -- Michigan vs. Siena, 8 a.m.
Game 10 -- Pacific vs. Mercyhurst, 9:10 a.m.
Game 11 -- Notre Dame College vs. Fresno Pacific, 10:20 a.m.
Game 12 -- Gannon vs. Siena, 11:30 a.m.
Game 13 -- Michigan vs. Fresno Pacific, 12:45 p.m.
Game 14 -- Pacific vs. Notre Dame College, 2 p.m.

SKIP SHOTS

• Michigan owns a 36-4 all-time record at the annual Wolverine Invitational, dating back to the 2005 season. The Wolverines have not lost a game at their annual tournament since 2007. Last year, U-M went 5-0, outscoring its opposition 92-8.

• The Wolverines are 1-1 at Canham Natatorium this season after splitting a pair of games at the season-opening Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 18). The Wolverines are 103-30-1 all-time at Canham, including an 8-4 record last season.

• Michigan's seven-game winning streak is its longest since posting 10 consecutive wins last season.

• Twelve of Michigan's 20 games this season have been against top-20 opposition, including 11 of their first 14 games. U-M has faced the No. 3, No. 6, No. 4, No. 8, No. 9, No. 12, No. 15 (twice), No. 16, No. 17 and No. 20 (twice) nationally ranked teams.

• Senior Kelsey Nolan extended her scoring streak to 12 straight games with goals in all three games at last weekend's Harvard Invitational (March 8-9). The Wolverine senior has scored at least one goal in 18 of the Wolverines' 20 games this season.

• Sophomore Presley Pender also boasts an extensive scoring streak; she has tallied multiple goals in each of the last seven games, including back-to-back hat tricks against Marist and San Diego State at the Harvard Invitational. She was named the CWPA Western Division Player of the Week as a result.

• Freshman Allison Skaggs matched her career best with four goals against Marist at the Harvard Invitational. She also notched four against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the Cal Lutheran Invitational a week earlier (Feb. 28-March 1). Skaggs has registered hat tricks in four of the last seven games.

• Skaggs was named the CWPA Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week -- and third time this season -- for her six-goal effort at the Harvard Invitational. Michigan has claimed each of the last three rookie honors; freshman Emily Browning garnered the distinction two weeks ago.

• Senior Hathaway Moore returned to competition at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1) after missing 11 games with injury. She has scored six goals since her return, including a hat trick against the host Crimson in the Harvard Invitational opener.

• Michigan players tallied six hat tricks at the Harvard Invitational, upping U-M's season total to 18. Senior Kelsey Nolan leads the team with five hat tricks, while sophomore Ali Thomason and freshman Allison Skaggs own four apiece.

• Four Michigan players have averaged more than a goal per game this season. Senior Kelsey Nolan leads the Wolverines with 33 tallies, while sophomore Presley Pender owns 26, sophomore Ali Thomason has 25 and freshman Allison Skaggs has 24. All three Wolverines have appeared in all 20 games this season.

• Six Wolverine freshmen have already registered their first collegiate goals this season. Allison Skaggs headlines the group with 24 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 33 goals on the season, senior Kelsey Nolan is already just six 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 120 goals in her collegiate career.

• All three Wolverine goalkeepers earned playing time and contributed to U-M's perfect record at the Harvard Invitational. The trio combined for 19 saves.

• Sophomore goalkeepers Julia Campbell and Hayden Green have both already surpassed their save totals from a season ago. Campbell owns a career-best 37 saves this season, while Green boasts 14.

• 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 114 in her tenure at Michigan. Only senior Kelsey Nolan has more with 127.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Gannon -- The Lady Knights enter the weekend with a 6-5 season record after dropping three of their last four games in California last weekend. Katelyn Jacobs leads the Gannon team with 16 goals, while goalkeeper Emily Rodriguez owns 67 blocks. Michigan owns a perfect 20-0 series record against the Lady Knights, claiming two head-to-head wins last season -- 17-2 and 14-3.

Notre Dame College -- The Falcons are 1-5 on the season after posting a 1-2 mark at the VMI Invitational two weeks ago. Michigan is 4-0 in the all-time series against Notre Dame College, earning two wins -- 20-1 and 20-6 -- last season.

Pacific -- The Tigers own a 5-10 record on the season after dropping three of four games in their last tournament appearance. Michigan and Pacific will meet for the first time this weekend.

Siena -- The Saints enter the weekend with a 4-7 record and have won each of their last three games, including a 10-9 decision over Chapman in their last outing (March 11). Michigan owns a 7-0 advantage in the all-time series against Siena, earning a 17-2 win in last season's meeting.

Fresno Pacific -- The Sunbird are 5-12 on the season after splitting four games at the Cal Lutheran Invitational two weeks ago, closing out the tournament with back-to-back wins against La Verne (6-5) and Chapman (7-6 OT). Michigan is 1-0 all-time against Fresno Pacific, claiming an 18-6 decision in their only previous meeting in 2011.

LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines boasted a 3-0 record at the Harvard Invitational (March 8-9), defeating host Harvard (16-10), Marist (13-8) and No. 16 San Diego State (9-7). Michigan jumped out to narrow early leads in each of its first two games before pulling away with strong second quarters. U-M rallied to defeat SDSU in the tournament finale, similarly overcoming a narrow deficit with three-goal efforts in the second and third frames. [ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]

ON DECK
Saturday, March 29 -- vs. Indiana (Canham Natatorium), Noon