March 19, 2013
Saturday, March 23 -- vs. Colorado State (Tempe, Ariz.), 10 a.m. MDT
Saturday, March 23 -- vs. Pomona (Tempe, Ariz.), 1 p.m. MDT
Saturday, March 23 -- vs. Cal Baptist (Tempe, Ariz.), 5:30 MDT
Sunday, March 24 -- vs. La Verne (Tempe, Ariz.), 8:30 a.m. MDT
The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (9-10) will take its final trip west this weekend, heading to Tempe, Ariz., for the ASU Invitational at the Sun Devils' Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. U-M will face a busy three-game slate on Saturday (March 23), squaring off against Colorado State at 10 a.m. MDT, Pomona at 1 p.m. and Cal Baptist at 5:30 p.m. before wrapping up the weekend with an 8:30 a.m. contest against La Verne on Sunday (March 24).
The Wolverines own a combined 21-0 record in the all-time series against their four ASU Invitational opponents. Michigan is 13-0 against Colorado State, 4-0 against Cal Baptist, 3-0 against Pomona and 1-0 against LaVerne.
Michigan enters this weekend's Sun Devil Invitational with a five-game winning streak after sweeping through its Wolverine Invitational last weekend. The winning streak is the longest since U-M claimed nine straight last season.
The Wolverines also kicked off the CWPA Western Division schedule with wins over Gannon (17-2) and Notre Dame College (20-1). Michigan 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 77-5 division record over the program's history.
U-M outscored its opposition, 92-8, at the home tournament and broke its single-game goals school record with 25 against Mercyhurst. The previous program record for most goals in a game was 24, which U-M registered against Grove City on March 8, 2008. Michigan also owns multiple 20-goal games for the first time since 2008.
Twenty different Wolverines have scored goals this year. With the exception of the goalies and one injured player, every player on U-M's roster has scored at least one goal this season.
Senior Kiki Golden scored in four of five games at the Wolverine Invitational, earning hat tricks in two contests to up her multi-goal tally to 10 games this season. She has scored in all but four games and leads the Wolverines with 36 goals and 49 points and ranks third with 13 assists.
Michigan honored its five-person senior class prior to its Siena game, and with the exception of senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson, all scored a goal in the game's first half. U-M's seniors accounted for nine of the Wolverines' 17 goals in the contest. Adamson, Lauren Colton, Kiki Golden, Katie Hazelrigg and Natalie Naruns have contributed to a 97-35 U-M record over their four-year tenure.
Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson posted a stellar 13 assists over the Wolverine Invitational, matching a career best with four against Mercyhurst and Notre Dame College.
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.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Lauren Colton|
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Q: How did you enjoy senior day last Saturday?
A: It was awesome. It was great having my mom there and being with the girls that I've come all four years with. It was nice to hear what Matt [Anderson] had to say about all of us. Altogether, it was just a great time. It doesn't feel like it's time quite yet. Easterns are home this year, so it wasn't our last game or our last home game. So, it doesn't feel real yet; it doesn't feel like I'm actually graduating. I'm sure I will when April hits.
Q: How was the whole home weekend?
A: It's nice just to win. It gives you a boost. We have this tournament midway through the season every year, and it gives everyone a little boost. The teams aren't top 10 like we've been playing, but it still a great opportunity to get everyone some experience. It's a good way to refocus and kick-start the second half of our season.
Q: Beyond experience, does the weekend allow you to implement more?
A: It's a good tournament to practice the things you need to work. Some of those things aren't necessary for the game in which you're playing, but we'll need them down the road against some of the tough teams remaining on our schedule.
Q: You've got only one more trip out west this weekend. At this point in the season, do you like staying at home and in the Eastern Time Zone and starting to play league games?
A: I was actually just thinking about that and how nice it is. NCAAs is at Harvard this year, and I was thinking how it would be nice for us not to change time zones, while the California teams do for once. It's nice to not have to deal with that element along with actually having to play the games. These are important games. It's my favorite time of the season -- crunch time. We have to start to peak right now, and we have to start playing the best we can. It's do or die. In my mind, we need to win the next 15 games we have left. There's a lot of winnable games left on our schedule. I can see a lot of close games, but I know we can win them.
Q: Your senior class knows how to win. Do you think that can help in crunch time?
A: Definitely. It's almost like habit. We're the winningest program, and we have a lot of experience.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan swept the competition at its annual Wolverine Invitational last weekend at Canham Natatorium, posting dominant victories over Gannon (17-2), Mercyhurst (25-3), Notre Dame College (20-1), Siena (17-2) and Grove City (13-0). In all, the Wolverines outscored their opposition, 92-8. Senior Kiki Golden headlined the Wolverines' offensive efforts with 11 goals and eight assists, while freshman Barbara Lanier posted eight goals, including back-to-back hat tricks on the opening day. Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson started all five games and earned 21 saves and 13 assists.
[ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 ]
Saturday, March 30 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon