Week #8: Wolverines to Renew Rivalry at No. 12 Indiana Saturday

March 27, 2013

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Saturday, March 30 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), Noon
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The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (13-10, 2-0 CWPA West) will resume its fiercest rivalry this Saturday (March 30), heading to Bloomington, Ind., to face No. 12 Indiana (16-11, 3-1 CWPA) at noon at the Cousilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

The Last Meeting
No. 12 Indiana7
April 14, 2012
Bloomington, Ind.
Michigan Sinks No. 12 IU, NDC to Advance to Western Division Final
Tournament Central
Kelsey Nolan, Audrey Pratt, Meagan Cobb and Laura Milstead each had hat tricks to help No. 13 U-M to wins over Notre Dame (Ohio) (20-4) and No. 13 Indiana (10-7) and move on to the CWPA Western Division Championship final.


• Michigan and Indiana will meet for the 42nd time on Saturday (March 30). The Wolverines hold a decided advantage at 31-9-1. The series has produced 17 one-goal games and one tie. Only 10 times has one side earned a victory with more than a two-goal margin over the pursuer. The Maize and Blue has won 10 of the last 13 meetings dating back to the 2007 season. The teams met four times last season, with each game being decided by two goals or less.

Last Eight Meetings

Date Event (Location) UM-IU
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
3/26/11 League Game (Bloomington, Ind.) 9-8
5/1/11 CWPA Eastern Championship (Bloomington, Ind.) 3-5
1/21/12 Michigan Kick-Off (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 3-6
3/31/12 League Game (Ann Arbor, Mich.) 7-8
4/14/12 CWPA Western Division Championship (Bloomington, Ind.) 10-7

• The Wolverines also kicked off the CWPA Western Division schedule with wins over Gannon (17-2) on March 15 and Notre Dame College (20-1) on March 16. 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.

• Michigan boasts a nine-game winning streak -- its longest since similarly winning nine in a row last season. U-M has outscored its opposition, 147-24, over the stretch.

• Michigan owns three 20-goal games this season -- its most since posting five in 2008. The Wolverines broke their single-game goals school record with 25 against Mercyhurst at the Wolverine Invitational (March 15-17). The previous program record for most goals in a game was 24, which U-M registered against Grove City on March 8, 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.

• Head coach Matt Anderson earned his 300th career victory with U-M's 13-0 decision against Grove City at the Wolverine Invitational (March 15-17). He is 304-116 in 12 seasons at Michigan.

• Freshmen Presley Pender and Bryce Beckwith scored a pair of hat tricks apiece at the ASU Invitational (March 23-24). The Wolverines boast 27 total hat trick efforts on the season. Senior Kiki Golden leads the squad with six.

• Freshman Ali Thomason posted a Michigan season-best five steals against Colorado State.

• With 20 assists on the season, senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson is only two shy of 100 in year collegiate career.


Presley Pender
Costa Mesa, Calif.

Q: How has this season been for you? Did you have expectations of doing so well this year?
A: The freshmen are half of the team, so we knew that we had to contribute in some way. It's so much fun to be here. I feel like I'm playing a role. Matt [Anderson] told me that he didn't place any expectations on me, so I just went out to have fun.

Q: What has been the biggest transition for you over the course of the season?
A: Just knowing that I need to communicate out there. Matt tells me that he wants me to be the ball handler, so I need to be able to communicate and tell the older players what plays we're running. That's definitely been my biggest challenge, but in the end, I need to step up out there to be a contributor. We need to play as if we're not freshmen. That's been tough, but I'm growing more comfortable in that role.

Q: It's officially rivalry week with your Indiana game this weekend. Do you feel like the team is that much more focused and dialed in?
A: We're definitely really fired up, and we're all really excited. I know I am. This is my first big game. We're working a lot on our specific game plan and various tactics. We've just progressed so far this season, and ever since Hawaii, we've come a long way. We've really come together. It's so much fun to play with these girls.

Q: After back-to-back weekend sweeps, does the team feel like it has some momentum right now?
A: Coming off of nine wins, that feels huge right now. We've got a lot of momentum going into this Indiana game. So, I wouldn't say that we're too confident -- we're not taking anything for granted -- but we definitely feel good right now.

Q: You seem to take the majority of the team's five-meter penalties. Do you like that role?
A: It's so exciting. I took them in high school, but I never thought that I'd be the one taking them in college, especially as a freshman. I get nervous, but it's a good kind of nervous. It's really a thrill.

The Wolverines swept weekend competition at the ASU Invitational last weekend (March 23-24), knocking off Colorado State (12-4), Pomona (13-6), Cal Baptist (10-4) and La Verne (20-2). A pair of Wolverine rookies headlined the offensive effort as Bryce Beckwith posted 10 goals and Presley Pender notched nine -- both scoring a pair of hat tricks and at least one marker in each game. Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson tallied 14 saves and allowed just 11 goals through 88 total minutes of play. [ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]

Sat-Sun., April 6-7 -- at Brown Bear Invitational (Providence, R.I.)