April 9, 2014
CWPA LEAGUE WEEKEND (Tournament Central)
Saturday, April 12 -- vs. Hartwick (Canham Natatorium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 -- vs. Gannon (Canham Natatorium), 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, April 13 -- vs. Notre Dame College (Canham Natatorium), 3 p.m.
Game Day Information: Canham Natatorium Information | Free Admission
The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (17-11, 2-3 CWPA West) will close out the regular season at home this weekend, hosting the CWPA League Weekend on Saturday and Sunday (April 12-13) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines will face Hartwick at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening before playing Gannon at 10:30 a.m. and Notre Dame College at 3 p.m. on Sunday. It will be U-M's second season meeting against all three opponents.
The event replaces the previous western division championship; the 2014 division title will go to the team with the best league record at the end of the weekend.
CWPA LEAGUE WEEKEND (Tournament Central)
Saturday, April 12
Game 1 -- Hartwick vs. Gannon, 10 a.m.
Game 2 -- Notre Dame College vs. Indiana, 11:30 a.m.
Game 3 -- Gannon vs. Notre Dame College, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 -- Michigan vs. Hartwick, 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 13
Game 5 -- Indiana vs. Hartwick, 9 a.m.
Game 6 -- Michigan vs. Gannon, 10:30 a.m.
Game 7 -- Notre Dame College vs. Hartwick, noon
Game 8 -- Gannon vs. Indiana, 1:30 p.m.
Game 9 -- Michigan vs. Notre Dame College, 3 p.m.
The Wolverines have won 14 of their last 15 games. U-M bounced back from a close loss against Indiana two weeks ago with back-to-back wins in California last weekend. Prior to the loss, the Wolverines boasted a 12-game winning streak -- the program's longest win streak since claiming 22 in a row late in the 2011 season.
Michigan will honor its three-person senior class prior to its Saturday evening game against Hartwick. Seniors Hathaway Moore, Kelsey Nolan and Audrey Pratt contributed to a 92-42 U-M record over their four-year tenure.
Sophomore Presley Pender scored a career-best and Michigan season-high five goals against Sonoma State (April 6). Her previous best was four goals, which she scored earlier this season against Siena. Pender also extended her goal-scoring streak to six straight games. She has scored in 14 of the last 15 games, including multiple goals in 11, and currently leads the team with 42 goals.
Pender also boasts a team-leading 33 assists this season, averaging 1.17 assists per game. Pender similarly led Michigan last season with 35 -- the third best assist tally for a U-M rookie in program history. Michigan's season assist record is 50, set by Alison Mantel in 2010.
Only three players have previously led the Wolverines in both goals and assists in a single season. Kiki Golden did it most recently, recording 71 goals and 37 assists in 2012, while Alison Mantel (56-50) accomplished the feat in 2010 and Shana Welch (83-43) did it in 2007.
With 39 goals on the season, senior Kelsey Nolan has matched her career best in the category. She also registered 39 goals as a sophomore in 2012. A two-time All-CWPA Western Division selection, Nolan has ranked among U-M's leading scorers in each of her collegiate seasons. She boasts 126 goals in her collegiate career. Nolan has scored at least one goal in all but six games this season.
Ten Wolverines have at least matched their career-best tally in goals or assists this season, most notably junior Danielle Robinson, junior Elizabeth Williams and sophomore Kelly Martin, who have surpassed their career bests in both statistical categories.
Four Michigan players have averaged at least a goal per game this season. Sophomore Presley Pender leads the Wolverines with 42 tallies, while senior Kelsey Nolan owns 39 and sophomore Ali Thomason and freshman Allison Skaggs have 28 apiece. All three Wolverines have appeared in all 28 games this season.
All seven freshman field players have registered their first collegiate goals this season. Allison Skaggs headlines the group with 26 goals, while Jamie Nolan, Heidi Moreland, Brittany Kirwan, Kaitlyn Cozens, Allison Larko and Kimberly Graziano also own at least one tally. While still missing a goal, goalkeeper Emily Browning boasts 18 assists.
Freshman Emily Browning posted a career-best 16 saves against Indiana (March 29). It marked the second double-digit save effort of her career. Her previous career best was 12, which she tallied two weeks earlier against Pacific.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Hartwick -- The Hawks carry a 17-11 record into the weekend and are 3-1 in CWPA play after taking two of three league games at home last weekend (April 5-6), claiming wins over Notre Dame College (22-11) and Gannon (22-8) while falling to Indiana (12-9). Jemma Dendy Young leads the Hartwick team with 56 goals, while Sami Capparelli boasts 51, both averaging more than two goals per game. Michaela Davies has earned the bulk of time in net, accumulating 244 saves and a 9.40 goals-against average. Michigan owns a 15-6 advantage in the all-time series against Hartwick but has dropped each of the last two meetings, including a 12-10 overtime loss earlier this season at the Bison Invitational (Feb. 16).
Gannon -- The Golden Knights are 12-11 on the season and 1-3 in CWPA league play. Gannon posted a 2-3 record at Hartwick's tournament last weekend (April 5-6), earning wins over St. Francis College (16-10) and Notre Dame College (11-5) while falling to Indiana (22-3), Hartwick (22-8) and Marist (21-10). Katelyn Jacobs leads the Gannon team with 28 goals and 33 assists, while Emily Rodriguez headlines the goalkeeping corps with 132 saves. Michigan owns a perfect 21-0 record in the all-time series against Gannon, including a 13-5 victory in the Wolverine Invitational opener three weeks ago (March 15).
Notre Dame College -- The Falcons carry a 2-15 record on the season and are 0-4 in CWPA league play. They have lost their last seven games, including four at last weekend's Hartwick tournament, falling to the host Hawks (22-1), St. Francis College (15-14), Gannon (11-5) and Indiana (19-1). Michigan owns a 5-0 record in the all-time series against NDC, including a 14-2 victory at the Wolverine Invitational earlier this season (March 15).
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines swept their California road trip, using late surges to pull away from CSU East Bay and Sonoma State and earn similar 13-6 victories. Sophomore Presley Pender headlined the U-M offense with seven goals over the weekend, including a career-best and Wolverine season-high five against Sonoma State. Senior Audrey Pratt and sophomore Kelly Martin also posted hat tricks against CSUEB and SSU, respectively. Michigan's goalkeeping was strong as freshman Emily Browning and sophomore Hayden Green combined for 23 saves over the weekend, including 14 in the weekend opener against the Pioneers. [ Recaps: CSU East Bay | Sonoma State ]
Fri-Sun., April 25-27 -- at CWPA Championship (Lewisburg, Pa.)