Inside Water #7: Wolverines to Travel East to Tiger Tournament

March 28, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m. -- vs. Bucknell* (Princeton, N.J.)
Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. -- vs. St. Francis (N.Y.) (Princeton, N.J.)
Sunday, April 3, 11:30 a.m. -- at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.) | Live Video (fee)

* - denotes CWPA league game

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (20-4, 3-0 CWPA West) continues its East Coast swing with the Tiger Tournament (Sat-Sun., April 2-3) at the DeNunzio Pool in Princeton, N.J. The Maize and Blue will open the weekend with a CWPA Western Division contest against Bucknell on Saturday (April 2) at 10 a.m. The Wolverines and St. Francis (N.Y.) will meet for the first time ever later that day, squaring off at 1 p.m. Michigan and host Princeton will cap the weekend with an 11:30 a.m. meeting on Sunday morning (April 3) at 11:30 a.m.

U-M at the Princeton's DeNunzio Pool -- Michigan has created many fond memories at Princeton's pool, where it owns a 19-3 all-time record, including its first CWPA Eastern Championship title in 2002. Senior Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) registered her first career hat trick and classmate Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) scored her first career marker there in 2008. Meanwhile, then-junior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) set a career high with six steals and matched her personal best with four goals against Princeton in 2010.

Michigan vs. the CWPA -- CWPA league games 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 69-3 all-time in the regular season against divisional foes.

Blue Streak -- With its 9-8 win over No. 12 Indiana on Saturday (March 26), the Wolverines are now undefeated in 10 straight games. During the span, Michigan's netminders have allowed just 5.6 goals per game, while the offense has generated 13.6 markers per contest. Sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) and senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) have led the Wolverines with 18 goals during the sting and Lauren Orth's 24 points (11g, 13a) has paced the Maize and Blue.

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 Tiger Tournament with 197 goals and a program-record 143 assists for 340 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.

Keep it up -- Lauren Orth has been extraordinarily consistent this season, tallying a point in each contest. During her current 30-game point streak, which dates back to last season, Orth has tallied 42 goals and 31 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).

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 122-32 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 retained a No. 7 ranking in the latest 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 23. [ Complete Poll ]

• Bucknell
   Series: U-M leads 10-0
• St. Francis (N.Y.)
   Series: First Meeting
• Princeton
   Series: U-M leads 15-3

Complete Statistics: Through 3/26/11

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 24 36 22 58
Lauren Orth 24 30 25 55
Two Players Tied       46

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 24 35
Lauren Orth 24 23
Alison Mantel 24 22

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 17 13-2 115 7.85 .516
Morgan Turner 11 6-2 52 6.82 .514

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth - 30 games* (42 goals, 31 assists)
Lauren Colton - 18 games (30 goals, 10 assists)
Kiki Golden - nine games (seven goals, 13 assists)
Ryley Plunkett - five games (one goal, four assists)
Meagan Cobb - four games (seven goals, zero assists)

Goals Streaks
Lauren Colton - 12 games (23 goals)
Meagan Cobb - four games (seven goals)

Assists Streaks
Kiki Golden - six games (11 assists)
Lauren Orth - five games (seven assists)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

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

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

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

Orth needs four 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 four 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.

Sat-Sun., April 9-10 -- at Bison Invitational (Lewisburg, Pa.)
Sat-Sun., April 16-17 -- at Triton Mini (San Diego, Calif./Claremont, Calif.)

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