Week #8: Wolverines to Host Rival Indiana Saturday Afternoon

March 25, 2014

THIS WEEK
Saturday, March 29 -- vs. No. 14 Indiana (Canham Natatorium), Noon
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The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (15-10, 2-2 CWPA West) will resume its CWPA Western Division slate against No. 14 rival Indiana (11-5, 3-0 CWPA West) on Saturday (March 29). The game is slated for a noon start at Canham Natatorium and will be the third meeting between the programs this season.

SKIP SHOTS

• The Wolverines are 6-1 at Canham Natatorium this season after splitting a pair of games at the season-opening Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 18) and sweeping the Wolverine Invitational (March 15-16). The Wolverines are 108-30-1 all-time at Canham, including an 8-4 record last season.

• Michigan's 12-game winning streak is its longest since claiming 22 in a row late in the 2011 season.

• Michigan/Indiana series has produced 19 one-goal games and one tie. Only 13 times has one side earned a victory with more than a two-goal margin over the pursuer. The Maize and Blue has won 12 of the last 16 meetings dating back to the 2007 season.

• Junior Elizabeth Williams was named CWPA Western Division Player of the Week after posting five goals, an assist and three steals at the Wolverine Invitational. She posted a hat trick in the marquee game against Pacific, netting two goals late in the fourth quarter and another -- the game-winner -- in overtime. She assisted on U-M's other overtime goal. Williams also posted two goals in the tournament opener against Gannon.

• Sophomore Presley Pender posted a career-best four goals vs. Siena at the Wolverine Invitational. She has posted multiple goals in nine of the last 12 games.

• Pender also posted a team-leading six steals at the Wolverine Invitational to garner CWPA Western Division Defensive Player of the Week accolades for the first time in her career. She was previously named the division's Player of the Week after posting eight goals at the Harvard Invitational.

• Senior Hathaway Moore returned to competition at the Cal Lutheran Invitational (Feb. 28-March 1) after missing 11 games with injury. She has scored 11 goals since her return, including hat tricks against Harvard and Siena.

• Williams and freshmen Jamie Nolan and Kimberly Graziano all recorded their first hat tricks of the season at the Wolverine Invitational. Ten different Wolverine players own hat tricks this season, combining for 24 total efforts.

• With a team-leading 37 goals on the season, senior Kelsey Nolan is already just two 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 124 goals in her collegiate career.

• Nolan saw her 12-game scoring streak halted in the Wolverine Invitational opener against Gannon. She scored four goals over the weekend, including her team-leading sixth hat trick in the finale against Fresno Pacific. Nolan has scored at least one goal in all but five games this season.

• Nolan played two minutes in goal in the third quarter vs. Notre Dame College, registering two saves without allowing a goal.

• Pender boasts a team-leading 31 assists this season, averaging 1.24 assists per game. Pender also led Michigan last season with 35 -- the third best assist tally for a U-M rookie in program history. Michigan's season assist record is 50, set by Alison Mantel in 2010.

• Junior Danielle Robinson ranks second on the team with a career-best 23 assists -- already more than triple her season total last year (7). With eight goals, Robinson is has also surpassed her tally from a season ago (7).

• Four Michigan players have averaged more than a goal per game this season. Senior Kelsey Nolan leads the Wolverines with 37 tallies, while sophomore Presley Pender owns 34, sophomore Ali Thomason has 28 and freshman Allison Skaggs has 26. All three Wolverines have appeared in all 25 games this season.

• All seven freshmen field players have registered their first collegiate goals this season. Allison Skaggs headlines the group with 26 goals, while Jamie Nolan, Heidi Moreland, Brittany Kirwan, Kaitlyn Cozens, Allison Larko and Kimberly Graziano also own at least one tally. While still missing a goal, goalkeeper Emily Browning boasts 13 assists.

• All three Michigan goalkeepers earned playing time and contributed to U-M's perfect record at the Wolverine Invitational. The trio combined for 58 total saves, a .734 save percentage and a 4.05 goals-against average.

• Freshman Emily Browning posted a career-best 12 saves against Pacific. It was the first double-digit effort of her collegiate career.

• Twelve of Michigan's 25 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.

• Michigan owns a 2-1 record in overtime games this season, most recently earning a 7-6 victory over Pacific at the Wolverine Invitational (March 15-16).

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Indiana -- The Hoosiers carry an 11-5 record into the weekend and own a perfect 3-0 mark in CWPA Western Division competition. Indiana has lost each of its last three contests, including back-to-back games against USC (15-5, March 21) and Hawaii (9-5, March 22) last weekend in Honolulu, Hawaii. Michigan owns a lopsided 33-12-1 advantage in the all-time series against rival Indiana but has dropped the two most recent meetings -- a 10-5 decision at the season-opening Michigan Kick-Off (Jan. 18) and a 12-5 decision at Indiana (Feb. 22). U-M claimed two of three meetings last season, including a 6-5 decision in the Eastern semifinals.

LAST TIME OUT
Michigan swept through its Wolverine Invitational competition two weeks ago (March 15-16), earning wins over Gannon (16-10), Notre Dame College (14-2), Pacific (7-6 OT), Siena (14-6) and Fresno Pacific (13-2) to extend its win streak to 12 straight games. The Wolverines outscored its tournament opposition, 61-21. Sophomore Presley Pender led the U-M squad with eight goals. [ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]

ON DECK
Saturday, April 5 -- at Cal State East Bay (Hayward, Calif.), Noon PDT
Sunday, April 6 -- at Sonoma State (Rohnert Park, Calif.), Noon PDT

   

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