April 23, 2013
CWPA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday, April 26 -- vs. Brown or Connecticut College (Canham Natatorium), 7:20 p.m.
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The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (18-13) will host the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship this weekend (Fri-Sun., April 26-28) at Canham Natatorium.
As the tournament's No. 4 seed, the Wolverines received a first-round bye and will open tournament play at 7:20 p.m. on Friday (April 26), facing the winner of the first-round game between No. 5 seed Brown and Connecticut College. Depending on the outcome, U-M will play at either 3 p.m. or 6 p.m. on Saturday (April 27). The championship game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (April 28).
The CWPA Eastern Championship winner earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship, scheduled for May 9-11 at Harvard University's Blodgett Pool in Boston, Mass.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 26
Game 1 -- No. 8 seed Bucknell vs. No. 9 seed Mercyhurst, 10 a.m.
Game 2 -- No. 7 seed George Washington vs. No. 10 seed Gannon, 11:20 a.m.
Game 3 -- No. 6 seed Harvard vs. No. 11 seed Notre Dame (Ohio), 12:40 p.m.
Game 4 -- No. 5 seed Brown University vs. No. 12 seed Connecticut College, 2 p.m.
Game 5 -- No. 1 seed Indiana vs. Winner Game 1, 3:20 p.m.
Game 6 -- No. 2 seed Princeton vs. Winner Game 2, 4:40 p.m.
Game 7 -- No. 3 seed Hartwick vs. Winner Game 3, 6 p.m.
Game 8 -- No. 4 seed Michigan vs. Winner Game 4, 7:20 p.m.
Saturday, April 27
Coed Clinic -- Featuring Olympian Brad Schumacher, 9-11 a.m.
Game 9 -- Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, Noon
Game 10 -- Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 1:30 p.m.
Game 11 -- Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 3 p.m.
Game 12 -- Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 4:30 p.m.
Game 13 -- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 8, 6 p.m.
Game 14 -- Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 28
11th Place -- Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10, 9 a.m.
9th Place -- Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 10:30 a.m.
7th Place -- Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12, Noon
5th Place -- Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 1:30 p.m.
3rd Place -- Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14 , 3 p.m.
Championship -- Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 4:30 p.m.
Teams listed first wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host team always wears dark caps and is listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.
The Wolverines are seeking their sixth conference title in program history. U-M captured Eastern championships in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Michigan is 30-8 at the Eastern Championship all-time and 24-7 under head coach Matt Anderson. Michigan is 5-3 when advancing to the Eastern Championship title game.
Michigan hosts the CWPA Eastern Championship for the second time in program history. U-M captured the 2008 Eastern title in its previous hosting role, defeating Hartwick, 10-7, in the championship game at Canham Natatorium. Michigan is one of just five schools to host the annual tournament multiple times, joining Brown (2001, '06, '12), Princeton (2000, '02, '07), Indiana (2005, '11) and Harvard (2003, '09).
Michigan will face the winner of the Brown-Connecticut College first-round game. The Wolverines defeated Brown, 11-7, at the Brown Bear Invitational earlier this season (April 7) and boast an 11-4 advantage in the all-time series between the programs. Michigan has never before faced Connecticut College, which captured the CWPA Division III championship with a 6-3 decision over Grove City. It is the first year that the Division III champion earned a bid to Easterns.
U-M earned the tournament's No. 4 seed after taking third place at the CWPA Western Division Championship. It is only the second time in program history that the Wolverines did not carry the No. 1 or No. 2 seed into the Eastern Championship. Michigan was the No. 1 seed in each of the last three seasons.
Three current Wolverine players have garnered CWPA Eastern Championship All-Tournament selection over their careers. Senior Kiki Golden is a two-time first team selection (2011, '12), while senior Lauren Colton (2010, '11) and junior Kelsey Nolan (2012) have both earned second team accolades.
Senior Kiki Golden boasts 17 goals through nine career Eastern Championship games, sharing the second spot among U-M's top all-time goal scorers at the annual tournament. Only Julie Hyrne (2006-09) tallied more with 18.
Michigan's five-person senior class will make its final appearance at Canham Natatorium this weekend. Alex Adamson, Lauren Colton, Kiki Golden, Katie Hazelrigg and Natalie Naruns contributed to a 106-38 record, three division titles and an NCAA Championship bid over their four years.
Senior Kiki Golden leads the Wolverine team this season in goals (53) and points (83) and lists second with 30 assists. Golden ranks among U-M's top-five career leaders in all major categories, including goals (201, 4th), assists (127, 4th), points (328, 4th), drawn ejections (132, 4th) and steals (274, 2nd).
With her six-goal performance at divisions, senior Lauren Colton upped her career point total to 225 to crack Michigan's top-10 leaders in the category. Colton sits in the 10th spot and needs just three more to reach the ninth position, currently held by Megan Hausmann (227, 2003-06).
Junior Hathaway Moore, who missed the first 13 games of the season with injury, is within reach of two milestone figures, sitting just two goals shy of 50 in her career and 11 points shy of 100.
With 35 individual hat trick efforts on the season, Michigan is only one shy of its greatest hat trick total in five years. U-M boasted 36 in 2011 and, prior to that, tallied 38 in 2008. Senior Kiki Golden leads the team with eight hat tricks, while senior Lauren Colton and freshmen Kelly Martin and Barbara Lanier all tallied hat tricks at the CWPA Western Division Championship two weeks ago.
U-M's 2013 season hat trick count includes: Golden (8), Beckwith (5), Colton (4), Lanier (4), Pratt (3), Pender (3), Dudley (2), Nolan (2), Sejna, Thomason, Riemersma and Martin.
Michigan's freshman class has combined for 148 goals and 99 assists this season, accounting for a little less than half of the Wolverines' goals and a little more than a third of the team's assists. Six newcomers boast double-digit markers, most notably Bryce Beckwith (37) and Presley Pender (34). Pender also leads the U-M team with 34 assists on the year.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: When you get to this time of the year with that one major goal in front of you, what's the attitude and focus of the team?
A: It's really just a time to go back to basics, focusing on the fundamentals, perfecting everything and getting the plays down. We're just focused on working together for that one common goal.
Q: Do you like having that two-week break to prepare for Easterns?
A: It's nice to step back and really work hard on the things we need to focus on. It's a good long time to work on stuff. It's a stressful time going into finals, so it's a good opportunity for all of us to get on top of everything. Obviously, it was emotional after westerns, so it gives us a chance to get all of that into check and get ready for this weekend.
Q: How has the last week of practice been?
A: Practices have been really good. Everyone is in high spirits, very motivated and very driven. We're all very excited for this weekend. Playing Easterns at home is going to be awesome.
Q: How big of a difference does it make to host this tournament?
A: It's big. We practice in this pool every day. It's going to be fun to play these games here. We all have friends and family in town. It will be wonderful to have a lot fans supporting us in the stands.
Q: There's a lot of parity right now and several teams that could step up and win Easterns. Does that make for a more exciting tournament?
A: This is always an exciting tournament. There's a lot of pressure, obviously, to win. That's something I haven't done yet in my time here, so I really want to have that feeling. The competition level is very high. There are a lot of good teams, and it could go any way really. It's awesome. We're excited, and we can't wait to go out and play our game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines saw their streak of 11 straight CWPA Western Division titles snapped at the division championship (April 13-14), where they claimed third place with a 2-1 record. U-M dropped its opening game against rival Indiana, 10-7, but bounced back with victories over Notre Dame, 20-6, and Gannon, 14-3. Senior Lauren Colton paced the Wolverine offense with six goals, including a hat trick against the Hoosiers, while freshman Kelly Martin and junior Lauren Dudley posted four goals apiece; Martin tallied a career-best four markers against Notre Dame. Senior goalkeeper Alex Adamson and freshman Julia Campbell split time in the Michigan net, combining for 16 saves over the weekend.
[ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]
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