Inside Water #9: Wolverines Set for Trio of Games at Terrapin Tourney

April 12, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. -- at Maryland (Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium)
Saturday, April 17, 3 p.m. -- vs. George Washington (Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium)
Sunday, April 18, 10 a.m. -- at Maryland (Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium)

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (24-6) concludes the 2010 regular-season schedule at the Terrapin Tournament this weekend (Sat-Sun., April 17-18) in College Park, Md. The Wolverines will face host Maryland on both days at 10 a.m. with a contest against George Washington at 3 p.m. on Saturday (April 17) sandwiched in between. The Eppley Recreation Center will play host to the CWPA Eastern Division Championship (April 30-May 2) when the Maize and Blue look to complete a three-peat as conference champions.

Michigan at the Terrapin Tournament -- The Wolverines are a perfect 7-0 at the Terrapin Tournament, winning four times in 2007 and three more in 2008. Michigan has a pair of victories over Maryland and George Washington at the invitational. U-M downed the Terps 10-7 in 2007 and 15-12 in 2008 while besting the Presidents 16-7 and 13-0 in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

Goalies Love The District -- Two of Michigan's biggest goaltending performances in recent memory have come against Maryland and George Washington. At the 2009 Eastern Elite Six tournament, then-freshman Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) stopped 17 Terrapin shots, making her the only goalie not named Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) to make 15 or more saves in a game for the Wolverines. In 2008, U-M blanked George Washington for the first shutout in program history. Then-sophomore Kimberly Gero (2007-08) was the goalie of record in the historic victory, making five stops.

Hardware Store --Michigan laid claim to all three CWPA Western Division Player of the Week awards last time in the pool. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) was named Player of the Week, while freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) picked up the Defensive Player of the Week laurel and freshman Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) was named Rookie of the Week.

Rank and File -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) sits second in the CWPA with 81 points this season. According to the NCAA Water Polo Statistics Web Site, Mantel is 11th in the country in that category. Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) is tied for fourth nationally with 60 steals this season and is second only to Indiana's Jakie Kohli for the conference lead.

• George Washington
   Series: U-M leads 8-0
   Last Meeting:
13-0, W (4/12/08 - Terrapin Tournament - College Park, Md.)
• Maryland
   Series: U-M leads 6-0
   Last Meeting:
9-8, W (4/25/09 - CWPA Eastern Championship - Cambridge, Mass.)

Complete Statistics: Through 4/3/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 30 44 37 81
Lauren Orth 30 30 31 61
Keller Felt 30 25 25 50
Kiki Golden 30 30 20 50

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 30 60
Cara Reitz 30 45
Leah Robertson 14 39
Alison Mantel 30 36

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 17 8-1 86 6.13 .555
Brittany May 13 5-3 55 7.33 .495
Morgan Turner 11 9-2 83 6.74 .585

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth -- 12 games (16 goals, 14 assists)
Cara Reitz -- 10 games (16 goals, six assists)
Alison Mantel -- eight games (nine goals, 10 assists)
Lauren Colton -- five games (six goals, seven assists)
Sarah Roberts -- four games (six goals, three assists)
Leah Robertson -- three games (five goals, two assists)

Goals Streaks
Sarah Roberts -- four games (six goals)
Leah Robertson -- three games (five goals)

Leah Robertson needs four assists to tie Julie Hyrne (118, 2006-09) and Sheetal Narsai (118, 2002-05) for second on the all-time list.

Alison Mantel needs four assists to match Sharayah Hernandez (1112, 2006-09) for fifth on the all-time list.

Mantel needs one goal to reach 150 on her career.

Sarah Roberts needs one drawn ejection to match Michelle Keeley (84, 2006-08) for seventh on the all-time list.

Roberts needs three 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 two goals to reach 100 on her career.

Terri Bukofzer needs two points to reach 100 on her career.

Ryley Plunkett needs one point to reach 75 on her career.

Michigan knocked off No. 15-ranked Indiana, 6-4, to claim its third straight regular-season division crown on April 3 in front of the largest crowd ever inside Canham Natatorium. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) set a Canham Natatorium record with eight steals. Junior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) scored twice on five-meter penalty shots in the fourth to collect her second game-winning goal in as many games against IU.

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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.

Saturday, April 24 -- host CWPA Western Division Championship (Canham Natatorium)
Sat-Sun., April 30-May 2 -- at CWPA Eastern Championship (College Park, Md.)
Fri-Sun., May 14-16 -- at NCAA Championship (San Diego, Calif.)

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