Inside Water #6: Michigan Renews Rivalry With No. 12 IU on Big Ten Network

March 21, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2 p.m. -- at Indiana* (Bloomington, Ind.) | TV: Big Ten Network

* - denotes CWPA league game

One of collegiate water polo's fiercest rivalries will be renewed when No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (19-4, 2-0 CWPA West) travels to No. 12-ranked Indiana (15-9, 0-0 CWPA West) on Saturday (March 26) at 2 p.m. inside the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. For the second straight season, the showdown will be broadcast to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. The game will be aired live with Nara Weng and Garrin Kapecki calling the action. For channel listings in your area, visit

Michigan and Indiana will meet for the 37th time on Saturday (March 26). The Wolverines hold a decided advantage at 29-6-1. The series has produced 15 one-goal games and one tie. Only seven times has one side earned a victory with more than a two-goal margin over the pursuer. The Maize and Blue has won each of the last eight meetings dating back to the 2007 season. The teams met four times last season, with each game being decided by two goals or less.

Top Five Games: The Michigan-Indiana Rivalry

Last Eight Meetings

Date Event (Location) UM-IU
3/16/08 League Game (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 6-5
4/19/08 CWPA Western Division Championship (Grove City, Pa.) 11-3
3/28/09 Fluid Four (Bloomington, Ind.) 7-6
4/19/09 CWPA Western Division Championship (Bloomington, Ind.) 9-8
3/6/10 Elite Eight (Bloomington, Ind.) 7-6
4/3/10 League Game (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 6-4
4/24/10 CWPA Western Division Championship (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 5-3
5/2/10 CWPA Eastern Championship (College Park, Md.) 7-5

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. U-M and Indiana met in the division championship game each season from 2003-2010 and in the semifinals at the 2002 event with U-M emerging triumphantly each time. The Wolverines, who have not lost a league game since the 2007 season, are 68-3 all-time in the regular season against divisional foes.

The Last Stand of 300 -- Michigan became the first program in the modern era to reach 300 victories with its victory over Iona (March 13). The Maize and Blue reached the milestone with a record of 300-117-1 over 10-plus seasons. Michigan has 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.

Matt's Milestone -- Head coach Matt Anderson reached the 250 win plateau against Gannon (March 11). Following the Wolverine Invitational (March 12-13), Anderson boasts a 255-93 record at the helm for the Maize and Blue. He is currently fourth amongst U-M women's team coaches in victories, trailing only Bitsy Ritt's (women's tennis, 1984-2006) 288 triumphs, Beverly Plocki's (women's gymnastics, 1990-present) 555 wins and Carol Hutchins' (softball, 1985-present) 1,178 victories.

Keep it up -- Lauren Orth has been extraordinarily consistent this season, tallying a point in each contest. During her current 29-game point streak, which dates back to last season, Orth has tallied 41 goals and 30 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 -- Junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) became the latest Wolverine to join the century club when she netted the 100th goal of her career against Iona (March 13). Michigan now boasts four active players in the 100-goal club with one more knocking on the door. Cobb joined seniors Cara Reitz, Alison Mantel and Lauren Orth amonst the 14 players to reach the milestone. Senior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) sits 11 goals away with 89 career markers.

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 game at Indiana with 195 goals and a program-record 143 assists for 338 points. Mantel's former teammate Julie Hyrne (2006-09) is the only other Wolverine to meet all three plateaus. Mantel will also join Hyrne and Shana Welch (2004-07) in the exclusive 200-goal club. Welch tallied 297 goals in her career followed by Hyrne's 237 markers.

Cage Presence -- Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) is trying to become the third U-M netminder to go undefeated through her first five games against the Hoosiers. Adamson went 4-0 against IU as a rookie, owning a program-best 4.50 goals-against average versus the conference rival. Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) won her first 11 games against Indiana and Camille Clarendon (2001) went 4-0-1 during U-M's inaugural campaign. Brittany May (2008-10) was perfect in four contests in the rivalry.

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 121-32 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 took sole control of the No. 7 ranking in the sixth 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 16. [ Complete Poll ]

Rank and File II -- Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) sits second in the CWPA with 56 points this season according to the NCAA Water Polo Statistics Web Site. Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) is third in that category with 53 points. Mantel is also second in the conference with 34 goals on the campaign.

• Indiana
   Series: U-M leads 29-6-1

Complete Statistics: Through 3/13/11

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 23 34 22 56
Lauren Orth 23 29 24 53
Kiki Golden 23 21 23 44

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 23 33
Lauren Orth 23 23
Alison Mantel 23 21

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 16 12-2 107 7.84 .517
Morgan Turner 11 6-2 52 6.82 .514

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth - 29 games* (41 goals, 30 assists)
Lauren Colton - 17 games (27 goals, 10 assists)
Kiki Golden - eight games (six goals, 12 assists)
Ryley Plunkett - four games (one goal, three assists)
Meagan Cobb - three games (six goals, zero assists)

Goals Streaks
Lauren Colton - 11 games (20 goals)
Meagan Cobb - three games (six goals)

Assists Streaks
Kiki Golden - five games (10 assists)
Lauren Orth - four games (six assists)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

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

Lauren Orth needs two goals to match Sheetal Narsai (146, 2002-05) for fifth on the all-time list.

• Orth needs three assists to match Narsai (118, 2002-05) and Julie Hyrne (118, 2006-09) for fourth on the U-M career list.

• Orth needs six points to match Narsai (265, 2002-05) for fifth on the all-time list.

Sarah Roberts needs two drawn ejections to match Megan Hausmann (102, 2003-06) for fifth all-time.

Alison Mantel needs five steals to match Sheetal Narsai (174, 2002-05) for third on the all-time list. She would pass Julie Hyrne (171, 2006-09) and Carrie Frost (173, 2006-09) in the proccess.

Cara Reitz needs two goals to jump into the top 10 all-time and match Mary Chatigny (116, 2006-09) for 10th on the U-M career list.

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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.

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