U-M to Close Out Regular Season with Three Games in Maryland
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April 3, 2012

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE (Twitter Updates)
Friday, April 6, 6 p.m. -- vs. George Washington (College Park, Md.)
Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. -- vs. Bucknell (College Park, Md.)
Saturday, April 7, 1 p.m. -- at No. 11 Maryland (College Park, Md.) -- Live Video

The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (16-10, 4-1 CWPA) will travel to the Eppley Recreation Center in College Park, Md., to play George Washington on Friday (April 6) at 6 p.m. before closing out the regular season on Saturday (April 7) against Bucknell at 9:30 a.m. and No. 11 Maryland at 1 p.m.

The match-up against Maryland will be the Wolverines' final CWPA game and will be one of the deciding factors in a three-way bout for the top seed of the Western Divisional Championship, which starts April 14.

According to the CWPA, the No. 1 seed race will probably come down to the Michigan and Maryland game. As the outcome should decide who is the top seed.

Michigan has won nine of its last 10 games. However, the Wolverines nine-game win streak came to an end last Saturday (March 31) after suffering their first conference loss of the season, against Indiana at home, 8-7.

The Wolverines held a 4-3 halftime lead but were unable to hold off the Hoosiers in the fourth quarter, allowing three goals in the final frame. After a timeout, Michigan trailed 8-7 and held an opportunity to tie the game with 11 seconds left. For the last attempt, Ryanne O'Donnell's shot from the right side skipped short, allowing Indiana to hold the ball and drain the final seconds.

Five Wolverines recorded a score. Kelsey Nolan and Claire Ivry each added two goals apiece. Michigan drew three kickouts, with the defensive effort led by Kiki Golden, who also tallied three steals, three assists and a score.

MICHIGAN vs. THE OPPOSITION
• George Washington (8-10)
Series: U-M leads 11-0
Last Meeting: W, 18-4 (4/29/11 - Bloomington, Ind.)

Ten different Wolverines had multi-point efforts to help Michigan roll past George Washington in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

Alex Adamson added six saves to her two assists in two periods of work for the win. Morgan Turner made four stops on five attempts in the second half between the pipes.

• Bucknell (12-18)
Series: U-M leads 12-0
Last Meeting:
W, 15-6 (4/2/11 - Princeton, N.J.)

After playing close for the first frame against Bucknell, Michigan pulled out to a 9-4 halftime lead. The Maize and Blue extended its lead to 13-6 after three periods to cruise past Bucknell, 15-6.

Tara Brigham stopped a penalty shot off the bench against Bucknell. Alex Adamson made one stop in 27 minutes of action against the Bisons. Lauren Dudley tallied two goals.

• Maryland (15-4, 4-0 CWPA)
Series: U-M leads 11-0
Last Meeting:
W, 11-6 (4/30/11 - Bloomington, Ind.)

Michigan punched its ticket to the conference title game with an 11-6 victory over Maryland in the first semifinal match of the 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship.

Alex Adamson sparkled in the cage, making six saves -- five coming on the penalty kill -- and tallying three assists. Lauren Colton found the back of the cage three times and tallied an assist. Michigan put the game away in the third period, converting three strong plays in the defensive zone into counter-attack goals.

FINAL CURTAIN CALL
Michigan carries a 10-1 mark in final game of the regular season. The last time the Wolverines ended the regular season with a loss was in 2007 against then ranked No. 12 UC Santa Barbara in the Arizona State Invitational.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE
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. Despite losing their first regular-season league game since 2007 with a loss to Indiana, U-M holds am overall record of 75-4 in conference games all-time.

THE RACE FOR THE TOP SEED
According to the Collegiate Water Polo Association, with the final weekend of Western Division league play at hand, the University of Maryland, University of Michigan and Indiana University all retain a chance at gaining the No. 1 seed for the division championship tournament.

For Maryland and Michigan, the No. 1 seed race will probably come down to their meeting on Saturday, as the outcome of the game should decide who is No. 1.

With Indiana standing at 5-1 in the Western Division, and Maryland (5-0) and Michigan (4-1) effectively tied for the division lead, the match-up will have significant bearing on who earns the No. 1 seed for the Western Division Championship. If Maryland wins against Michigan, and defeats Salem International University on Friday night, the Terps claim the outright Western Division regular season title and the No. 1 seed for the division tournament. However, a loss to Michigan combined with the Terrapins winning their other league game against Salem International would make the standings interesting and force tiebreakers as Maryland, Michigan and Indiana would all stand at 5-1.

In an early season league meeting at netural site Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., Maryland topped Indiana by a 9-8 final score.  Combined with the Hoosiers' 8-7 victory over Michigan, Michigan will need to beat Maryland by two goals to win the division outright based on goal differential

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
Week 10, March 28 -- 9
Week 11, April 4 -- 13

TOP HATS
Michigan's hat trick count is up 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).

U-M's 2012 season hat trick count includes: Kiki Golden (5), Lauren Colton (4), Kelsey Nolan (3), Meagan Cobb (2), Lauren Thatcher (2), Audrey Pratt (2), Claire Ivry (1) and Ellis O'Connor (1).

GOLDEN'S TOUCH
Kiki Golden leads the Wolverines in goals (46), assists (24) and points (70). She has scored in 22-of-26 games on the year. This season, Golden led Michigan with 10 goals during the Red Fox Invitational. Against Iona, she led all players with six goals for the game.

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 the season, Adamson holds an 11-9 record in 21 games played.

T-BRIGADE
Tara Brigham holds an 11-0 career record in the cage and currently is the only player to accomplish an unbeaten mark with a minimum of 20 games played at goalkeeper in program history.

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 versus Cal Lutheran, Hathaway Moore reached 50 career points. She currently has 55 points for her career.

SCORING 100
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 Hawaii. After facing competition in the UC Irvine Invitational, Golden extended her count to 125, while Colton now posts 122.

COBB'S 150
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 38 points from 25 goals and 13 assists with 175 points for her career.

PRATT'S ATTACK
Audrey Pratt recorded her 50th career point during Michigan's 7-5 win over UC Davis on Feb. 2. To open season, Pratt registered her first career hat trick during the Michigan Kick-Off.

FACING THE RANKED
The Wolverines faced 12 ranked opponents this season. On the year, Michigan is 3-9 when facing opponents in the CWPA Top 20. U-M dropped their last encounter with a ranked team with an 8-7 loss to No. 14 Indiana in Canham Natatorium. This season, the Wolverines captured a win over No. 6 Hawaii, on Feb. 25, marking the first time this season U-M defeated team ranked higher 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.

MILESTONE WATCH
Morgan Turner needs three more steals for 50.
Meagan Cobb needs 25 points to reach 200.
Alex Adamson is one win away from tying Brittney Mays (51) for second on the all-time list in career wins.

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