Inside Water #10: U-M Hosts Westerns Looking for Ninth Straight Division Title

April 20, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. -- vs. No. 4 seed Gannon (Canham Natatorium) | Live Blog
Saturday, April 24, 3:30 or 5 p.m. -- vs. No. 2 seed Indiana or No. 3 seed Mercyhurst (Canham Natatorium) -- SENIOR DAY | | Live Blog

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (27-6, 3-0 CWPA) will be the No. 1 seed as it hosts the CWPA Western Division Championship on Saturday (April 24) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines, who earned the top seed for the third consecutive season, will face No. 4-seed Gannon at 10 a.m. in the tournament's opening game. The two teams will be vying for the chance to face the winner of the 11:30 a.m. contest, No. 2-seed Indiana and No. 3-seed Mercyhurst, in the championship game at 5 p.m. The losers of each game will meet in the third-place game at 3:30 p.m. The top two finishers earn automatic bids to the CWPA Eastern Championship (Apr. 30-May 2) in College Park, Md., where the conference bid to the NCAA Championship (May 14-16) will be awarded.

The Wolverines will celebrate their seniors prior to their final game on Saturday.

Saturday, April 24 Time
Semifinal 1 No. 1-seed Michigan vs. No. 4-seed Gannon 10 a.m.
Semifinal 2 No. 2-seed Indiana vs. No. 3-seed Mercyhurst 11:30 a.m.
Third Place Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 3:30 p.m.
Championship Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 5 p.m.

Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard.

Michigan at the CWPA Western Division Championship -- Michigan is looking to extend its CWPA division championship streak to nine this weekend. The streak began in 2002 when U-M downed Princeton for the Southern Division title and has continued through another Southern crown and six straight Western Division titles. The Wolverines are 29-1 at the divisional championship and a perfect 17-0 since realigning into the Western Division. Canham Natatorium played host to the Wolverines 2004 and 2007 Western Division championships.

Defending From On Top -- U-M earned the No. 1 seed after completing its third straight undefeated season in the division. Michigan will be the top seed at the division tournament for the fifth time in program history. The Wolverines took the top seed all the way to the title during the 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009 campaigns.

U-M vs. The Field -- Michigan and Gannon will meet for the third consecutive year, and fourth time overall, at the CWPA Western Division Championship. All four meetings have come in the semifinal round with Michigan taking each match. U-M downed Gannon 17-4 in 2009, 21-0 in 2008 and 11-7 in 2005. The Wolverines beat Mercyhurst, 19-6, in their lone meeting at the 2006 division championship. U-M and Indiana have met in the championship game every season since 2003 and in the semifinals at the 2002 event. Michigan is a perfect 8-0 against its rival in the division tournament.

Senior Farewell -- Michigan will celebrate its senior class on Saturday before U-M's second game. The Wolverines will recognize the distinguished careers of Terri Bukofzer (Vernon Hills, Ill./Stevenson), Casie Kelly (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley), Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) and Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor). The class has put together a 120-42 overall record and went 23-1 in division play. If Michigan wins its ninth straight CWPA division crown, it will put this year's seniors in a tie for the most wins by class with the 2009 seniors, who went 122-48. The foursome has led the Wolverines to three CWPA division championships, a pair of Eastern Championship titles and back-to-back NCAA Championship appearances.

Hardware Store -- Leah Robertson and freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) were named CWPA Western Division Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Robertson posted eight goals, two assists, nine steals and five drawn ejections and Adamson made 20 saves, earning three victories at the Terrapin Tournament (April 17-18).

• Gannon
   Series: U-M leads 13-0
   Last Meeting:
16-3, W (3/12/10 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Indiana
   Series: U-M leads 27-6-1
   Last Meeting:
6-4, W (4/3/10 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Mercyhurst
   Series: U-M leads 12-0
   Last Meeting:
17-2, W (3/12/10 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Complete Statistics: Through 4/18/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 33 46 40 86
Lauren Orth 33 35 31 66
Kiki Golden 33 33 21 54

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 33 64
Cara Reitz 33 50
Leah Robertson 17 48

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 20 11-1 106 5.81 .579
Brittany May 14 5-3 58 7.25 .500
Morgan Turner 12 9-2 88 6.92 .579

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth -- 15 games (20 goals, 14 assists)
Leah Robertson -- six games (13 goals, four assists)
Ryley Plunkett -- four games (three goals, five assists)
Meagan Cobb -- three games (five goals, zero assists)

Goals Streaks
Leah Robertson -- six games (13 goals)
Lauren Orth -- five games (nine goals)
Meagan Cobb -- 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.

Robertson needs one point to match Sheetal Narsai (146, 2002-05) for fourth on the all-time list.

Alison Mantel needs one assist to match Sharayah Hernandez (112, 2006-09) for fifth on the all-time list.

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

Roberts needs one point to reach 100 on her career.

Morgan Turner needs one save to match Sally Stone (167, 2005-06) for fifth on the all-time list.

Alex Adamson needs 18 saves to match Kimberly Gero (124, 2007-08) for seventh on the all-time list.

Lauren Orth needs 13 points to reach 200 on her career.

Cara Reitz needs eight goals to reach 100 on her career.

Michigan concluded the 2010 regular season with a sweep of Terrapin Tournament last weekend (April 17-18), downing host Maryland, 9-3 and 11-7, and George Washington, 12-6. Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) scored a hat trick against the Colonials and freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made 20 saves on the weekend. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) capped the weekend with five goals against the Terps on Sunday (April 18) and was matched by junior Ryley Plunkett's (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) goal and four assists.

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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 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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