March 31, 2010
The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (23-6, 2-0 CWPA West) will look to put the wraps on its third straight CWPA Western Division regular-season title when it hosts No. 15-ranked Indiana on Saturday (April 3) at 1 p.m. inside Canham Natatorium. The showdown will be broadcast to a national audience on the Big Ten Network. The game will be shown on same-day tape delay at 9 p.m. For channel listings in your area, visit BigTenNetwork.com.
Students can enjoy free pizza before the match and enter a cannon ball contest with a $75 cash prize. There will also be a chance to win VIP seating at the spring football game. Giveaways include t-shirts, thundersticks and pom poms.
The Rivalry -- Michigan and Indiana will meet for the 34th time on Saturday (April 3). The Wolverines hold a decided advantage at 26-6-1. 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 five meetings dating back to the 2007 season.
Seeing Red -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) leads the Wolverines with 16 points in five career games against the Hoosiers. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) boasts a staggering seven steals-per-game average against Indiana in seven career games. The senior also has 14 points in the rivalry games. Sophomore Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) has six goals in three career games against the Hoosiers. For the first time in program history, the Wolverines have two goalies on the roster with a victory in the matchup. Fifth-year senior Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) is 4-0 against Indiana with 36 saves to her credit, while freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made 11 stops in a 7-6 victory on March 6.
Last Time Out vs. IU -- Michigan needed a fourth-period surge to collect a 7-6 win over Indiana at the Elite Eight on March 6 in Bloomington, Ind. The Wolverines found themselves in an unfamiliar situation against Indiana, trailing 6-4 with eight minutes to play. Sophomore Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) ignited the comeback, scoring twice at two meters to tie the game at 6-6 with 5:32 to play. With the series' 11th overtime looming, Michigan called upon junior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) to take a five-meter penalty toss with 35 seconds left. Orth seized the opportunity and slammed home the deciding goal.
Hardware Store -- Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) tallied four goals, three assists and five steals during No. 8 Michigan's 3-0 weekend at the Fluid Five (March 26-27) to earn CWPA Rookie of the Week (March 28) for the third time this season
Rank and File -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) sits second in the CWPA with 79 points this season. According to the NCAA Water Polo Statistics Web Site, Mantel is fifth in the country in that category. Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) is third nationally with 57 steals this season and is second only to Indiana's Jakie Kohli for the national lead.
MICHIGAN VS. THE OPPOSITION
Series: U-M leads 26-6-1
Last Meeting: 7-6, W (3/6/10 - Elite Eight - Bloomington, Ind.)
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Top Returnees: Through 3/27/10
Lauren Orth -- 11 games (14 goals, 14 assists)
Cara Reitz -- nine games (15 goals, six assists)
Alison Mantel -- seven games (nine goals, eight assists)
Lauren Colton -- four games (six goals, five assists)
Sarah Roberts -- three games (five goals, three assists)
Kiki Golden -- three games (four goals, three assists)
Sarah Roberts needs one drawn ejection to match Michelle Keeley (84, 2006-08) for seventh on the all-time list.
Roberts needs four points to reach 100 on her career.
Morgan Turner needs three saves to match Sally Stone (167, 2005-06) for fifth on the all-time list.
Lauren Orth needs four goals to reach 100 on her career.
Terri Bukofzer needs two points to reach 100 on her career.
Ryley Plunkett needs one assist to reach 50 on her career.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
Michigan swept through its three games at the Fluid Five over the weekend (March 26-27). Junior Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) scored eight times on the day and freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) had five assists from the cage as the Wolverines blew past Cal State East Bay, 16-3, and Wagner, 17-2, on Saturday (March 26). Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) scored twice in the fourth period as part of a six-goal surge to put the Maize and Blue past Gannon, 11-7, on Sunday (March 27)
FIVE GOOD METERS PODCAST
Every Wednesday, MGoBlue will offer insider access to the Michigan water polo program in the Five Good Meters audio podcast. Players and coaches will touch on topics ranging from road trips, Michigan's opponents, strategy and the other events of the season in each weekly feature. Check out the latest episode on MGoBlue.com or subscribe to Michigan Athletics on iTunes.
Michigan water polo enters its second season on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_wpolo) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.
2010 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. Check them both out in our new publications section.
CANHAM TO HOST 2011 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
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 17-18 -- Terrapin Tournament (College Park, Md..)
Saturday, April 24 -- host CWPA Western Division Championship (Canham Natatorium)
Fri-Sun., April 30-May 2 -- at CWPA Eastern Championship (College Park, Md.)
Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423