Official game ball
March 26, 2012
Saturday, March 31, Noon -- vs. Indiana - Senior Day (Canham Natatorium)
TV: Big Ten Network
The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (16-9, 4-0 CWPA) will close out the home schedule in CWPA Western Division play when it hosts No. 15 Indiana (23-7, 4-1 CWPA) at noon on Saturday (March 31) at Canham Natatorium. The game will broadcast live on Big Ten Network.
In conjuction with Senior Day, U-M will hold its first 'Think Pink' game. Before the match-up, Michigan will honor seniors Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills), Tara Brigham (Baytown, Texas/Sterling), Claire Ivry (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) and Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville).
For the game, the Wolverines will wear blue suits trimmed in pink, a pink-and-blue cap, and will play with a pink ball to help raise breast cancer awareness.
The match-up is pivotal for the top seed at the Western Divisional Championship. Michigan is tied with Maryland in the CWPA Western Division standings at 4-0 with Indiana in second with a 4-1 record. Indiana's only conference loss was to Maryland, 9-8, on Feb. 26.
Michigan is riding a nine-game win streak after capturing seven wins in five days. The streak includes a 6-0 sweep at home in the Wolverine Invite (March 16-18) and a CWPA win at Notre Dame (Ohio), 15-6, last Wednesday (March 21).
Against Notre Dame, Kelsey Nolan led 11 Michigan players who found the back of the net, finishing with a game-high four goals on six attempts. She added a team-high three assists to go with two steals and a drawn kickout.
MICHIGAN vs. THE OPPOSITION
Indiana (23-7, 4-1 CWPA)
Series: U-M leads 30-8-1
Last Meeting: L, 6-3 (1/21/12 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Indiana built a 4-0 lead early in the second period, before the Wolverines responded after drawing an ejection, which led to a Nolan skip-shot tally for U-M's first goal of 2012.
Indiana quickly answered back on the next possession to extend the lead before scoring another with less than six minutes remaining in the third for a 6-1 score. Michigan then slowed down Indiana's offense, drawing three ejections while closing the gap, as Golden capitalized on two power plays to cut the margin in half, 6-3. Both teams went scoreless in the fourth period to register the final score.
MICHIGAN WATER POLO ON BTN
This will be the third consecutive season that Michigan and Indiana will meet on Big Ten Network. Last season, the network aired two Michigan match-ups -- when the Wolverines faced nationally ranked UCLA during the 2011 Michigan Kickoff and when U-M topped IU, 9-8, on March 26. The Wolverines' 6-4 win over the Hoosiers in 2010 was also on the conference's network, giving U-M a 2-1 record in televised games
Michigan and Indiana are the only Big Ten Conference members that compete in varsity water polo. This will be the second meeting of the year between the sport rivals.
For the first time in program history, Michigan Women's Water Polo will host a "Think Pink" game.To help raise awareness, the Wolverines are wearing blue and pink suits, caps
The Wolverines have won 10 consecutive CWPA division crowns overall and three of the last four CWPA Eastern Championship titles. The postseason divisional tournament returns on April 14-15 in Bloomington, Ind., after a one-year hiatus. During the break, Michigan was named the 2011 Western Division champion based on its regular-season record. Michigan had won the previous seven CWPA Western Division Tournament championships and a pair of Southern Division tournament crowns before that. Overall, U-M has not lost a regular-season league game since 2007 and is 75-3 in conference games all-time.
MICHIGAN IN THE 2012 RANKS
|Poll - Date||U-M Rank|
|Preseason 2012 - Jan. 4||16|
|Week 1 - Jan. 25||13|
|Week 2 - Feb. 1||12|
|Week 3 - Feb. 8||11|
|Week 4 - Feb. 15||12|
|Week 5 - Feb. 22||12|
|Week 6 - Feb. 29||9|
|Week 7 - March 7||9|
|Week 8 - March 14||13|
|Week 9 - March 21||10|
After last weekend, Michigan moved its hat trick count to 20 on the season. Kelsey Nolan extended the team count after picking up her third hat trick of the season, fourth of her career, with four goals against Notre Dame (Ohio).
Kiki Golden leads the Wolverines in goals (45), assists (21) and points (66). She has scored in 21-of-25 games on the year. This season, Golden led Michigan with 10 goals during the Red Fox Invitational, held March 10-11. Against Iona, she led all players with six goals.
ADAMSON SHARES WESTERN DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD
Junior goalkeeper Alex Adamson grabbed a share of the CWPA Western Division Defensive Player of the Week award last Thursday (March 22). Adamson captured the award after posting a 2-0 mark during the Wolverine Invite (March 16-18). She shared the accolade with Indiana goalie Cassie Wyckoff.
MICHIGAN 2012 CWPA WEEKLY HONORS
Alex Adamson, CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MARCH 22)
Meagan Cobb, PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MARCH 20)
Kelsey Nolan, CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MARCH 13)
Lauren Thatcher, FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (FEB. 28)
Kiki Golden, PLAYER OF THE WEEK (FEB. 7)
Kelsey Nolan, DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (FEB. 7)
Elizabeth Williams, FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (FEB. 7)
ADAMSON RECORDS 50
Alex Adamson picked up her 50th career victory in the cage and sits third in the program's all-time wins category, after the Wolverines managed a 15-6 win at Notre Dame (Ohio) on March 21. On the season, Adamson holds an 11-8 record in 20 games played.
Tara Brigham holds an 11-0 record in the cage and currently is the only player in program history to accomplish an unbeaten mark with a minimum of 20 games played at goalkeeper.
MORGAN TURNER REACHES 300
Morgan Turner surpassed 300 career saves after recording 17 at the conclusion of the Wolverine Invite. Entering the weekend with 299 saves, she posted eight blocks against Gannon in game 2-of-6 for the Wolverines during their home invite. Turner now holds 322 saves for her career.
GIVE ME MOORE
With an assist against Salem International and a goal vs. Cal Lutheran, Hathaway Moore reached 50 career points. She currently has 54 points for her career.
Kiki Golden and Lauren Colton both reached 100 career goals during the UC Irvine Invitational, held Feb. 25-26. Both captured their 100th in the Wolverines' match-up against Hawai'i. Golden extends her count to 124 while Colton now posts 122.
Meagan Cobb reached 150 career points after hitting the milestone when she registered one goal in the match-up against UCLA on Feb. 5. On the year, Cobb has 37 points from 24 goals and 13 assists, with 174 points for her career.
Audrey Pratt recorded her 50th career point during Michigan's 7-5 win over UC Davis on Feb. 2. To open the season, Pratt registered her first career hat trick during the Michigan Kick-Off.
FACING THE RANKED
The Wolverines have faced 11 ranked opponents this season. On the year, Michigan is 3-8 when facing opponents in the national top 20 poll. U-M picked up a win in its last encounter with a ranked team, defeating No. 16 Hartwick, 10-9, in overtime. The Wolverines captured a win over No. 16 Hawai'i on Feb. 25, marking the first time this season U-M defeated a higher ranked team in the national poll. The last was on Jan. 22, 2011, when it handed No. 7 San Jose State a 9-7 loss during the Michigan Kick-Off.
CWPA WESTERN DIVISION STANDINGS
Friday, April 6, Noon -- vs. George Washington (College Park, Md.)
Morgan Turner needs three more steals for 50 in her career
Meagan Cobb needs 26 points to reach 200 career.
Alex Adamson is one victory away from tying Brittney Mays (51) for second on the program's all-time list in career wins.
Contact: Zena Lewis (734) 763-4423