Inside Water #10: U-M Eyes Four-Peat at CWPA Eastern Championship

April 25, 2011

CWPA EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP -- Bloomington, Ind. (Parking Information)
Friday, April 29, 4:30 p.m. -- vs. winner of No. 8 seed George Washington and No. 9 seed Mercyhurst (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center) | | Live Video (Fee)
Saturday, April 30, 1:20 or 4 p.m. -- vs. No. 4 seed Maryland or No. 5 seed Princeton (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center) | | Live Video (Fee)
Sunday, May 1, TBD -- Championship Round (Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Live Video (Fee)

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (30-4) will seek a fourth consecutive conference crown as the top-seeded team for the CWPA Eastern Championship (April 29-May 1) at the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. Michigan will be one of five teams afforded a first-round bye due to the league expanding the championship to 11 teams for the 2011 championship. The Wolverines will take on the winner of No. 8 seed George Washington (6-17) and No. 9 seed Mercyhurst (15-8) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday (April 29). No. 4 seed Maryland (17-13), the CWPA Southern Division champion, and No. 5 seed Princeton (16-10) will battle on the same side of the bracket with the winners of both games meeting at 4 p.m. on Saturday (April 30) and the losers going into the consolation bracket at 1:20 p.m. The Wolverines are trying to earn a spot in the championship game on Sunday (May 1) at 3 p.m. The tournament champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship, to be held May 13-15 at Canham Natatorium.

Tickets will be available at the door. General admission for a tournament pass is $25 or $13 for a day pass. Senior citizens will receive discounted tickets at $12 for the weekend and $5 for a day pass. The CWPA, in partnership with Stretch Internet, will be streaming all the games live on at a cost of $10 per game or $25 for a weekend pass.  In addition, each game will be archived so that fans can catch up on the action if they miss a game.

Tournament Central | Tickets | Directions

Friday, April 29 Time
Game 1 No. 8 seed George Washington vs. No. 9 seed Mercyhurst 9 a.m.
Game 2 No. 7 seed Brown vs. No. 10 seed Bucknell 10:20 a.m.
Game 3 No. 6 seed Harvard vs. No. 11 seed Gannon 11:40 a.m.
Game 4 No. 4 seed Maryland vs. No. 5 seed Princeton 3 p.m.
Game 5 No. 1 seed MICHIGAN vs. Winner Game 1 4:30 p.m.
Game 6 No. 2 seed Hartwick vs. Winner Game 2 6 p.m.
Game 7 No. 3 seed Indiana vs. Winner Game 3 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 Time
Game 8 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3 Noon
Game 9 Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 5 1:20 p.m.
Game 10 Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 6 2:40 p.m.
Game 11 Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 4 4 p.m.
Game 12 Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 7 5:20 p.m.
Game 13 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3 6:40 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 Time
Game 14 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 9 a.m.
Seventh Place Loser Game 10 vs. Loser Game 9 10:30 a.m.
Fifth Place Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10 Noon
Third Place Loser Game 12 vs. Loser Game 11 1:30 p.m.
First Place Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12 3 p.m.

Teams listed first will wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host Indiana will always wear dark caps and be listed first on the scoreboard regardless of seed.

Michigan at the CWPA Eastern Championship -- The Wolverines are seeking their fourth consecutive conference title and sixth overall. Michigan is 26-6 at the Eastern Championship all-time and 20-5 under head coach Matt Anderson. U-M has emerged as the champion in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has been the top seed three times, including the 2002 and 2010 title runs. Michigan is 5-2 when advancing to the Eastern Championship title game.

Eastern Promises -- Michigan boasts six players with double-digit point totals at the Eastern Championship in their careers. Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) is the active leader in all three major offensive categories with 12 goals, nine assists and 21 points in nine career games at the conference championship. Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) and junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) both have nine career goals at the tournament and are joined by seniors Cara Reitz (Miami, Fla./Gulliver), Keller Felt (La Jolla, Calif./La Jolla) and Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) amongst Wolverines with at least 10 points at the Eastern Championship. Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) went 3-0 with a 7.65 goals-against average on the CWPA's biggest stage in 2010.

A Home, Away From Home -- Michigan has not lost in the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center since 2007 and it has been seven seasons since the Wolverines lost to a neutral opponent in Bloomington. The Wolverines are 36-5 all-time when traveling the short distance to Indiana.

History Lesson -- The last time the CWPA Eastern Championship was contested in Bloomington, Ind., was the 2005 season. Michigan emerged as champion with an 8-7 victory over the host Hoosiers in the finals to advance to the 2005 NCAA Championship in Ann Arbor. Canham Natatorium will once again be the scene of the national tournament on May 13-15.

Hardware Party -- On Thursday evening (April 28), the Wolverines will attend the annual Eastern Championship banquet during which the all-conference, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year awards will be announced and handed out. Michigan took home the Western Division MVP award, Western Division Coach of the Year and five All-Western Division accolades at last year's banquet.

Blue Streak -- The Maize and Blue has triumphed in each of its last 20 games dating back to Feb. 13. The string is the third 20-plus game winning streak in program history. U-M's program-record 27-game winning streak ran from Feb. 24-April 27, 2008, followed by a 25-game string from Feb. 28-April 26, 2009.

Champions of the Western Division -- Michigan extended its CWPA division championship streak to 10 when it defeated No. 14-ranked Hartwick on April 9. The streak began in 2002 when U-M downed Princeton for the Southern Division title and has continued through another Southern crown and eight straight Western Division titles. The 2011 season marks the first time that the CWPA Western Division crown was awarded during the regular season.

Break-neck Pace -- The 2011 Wolverines collected the program's fourth straight 30-win season, have guaranteed their place in the record books for fewest losses and best winning percentage and, should they win the national title, will set a record for wins in a season. At 30-4, the Wolverines will oust the program record for fewest losses, which currently stands at eight (2010), as they can lose a maximum of three contest during the remainder of the season. If Michigan goes winless at either the CWPA Eastern Championship or the NCAA Championship, it will finish the year with a program-record winning percentage of .811 or .825, respectively.

Keep it up -- Senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) carries a 40-game point streak into the CWPA Eastern Championship. During the span, which dates back to last season, Orth has tallied 56 goals and 42 assists. She has matched Shana Welch's 40-game streak (84 goals, 47 assists) for the second longest in program history and could eclipse Julie Hyrne's program-record 44-game string (2007-08: 92 goals, 38 assist) if the Wolverines advance to the NCAA Championship. Welch and Hyrne are the only Wolverines to tally a point in every game in one season, both doing so during the 2007 campaign.

Goal Storm -- The 50-goal club at Michigan may be about to grow in size. Three players account for all nine of U-M's 50-goal seasons with Shana Welch (2004-07) eclipsing the mark in each season of her career, Julie Hyrne (2006-09) reaching it three times, and Alison Mantel hitting 56 goals in each of the past two seasons. Mantel sits three goals away from her third 50-goal season, while sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) and Lauren Orth have pulled to within seven and eight markers, respectively, of gaining membership in the exclusive club.

Goal Storm II -- Senior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) became the 15th player in program history to score 100 goals when she dented the twine six times against Pomona-Pitzer on April 17. Michigan now boasts five active players in the 100-goal club; seniors Cara Reitz, Alison Mantel, Lauren Orth and Roberts and junior Meagan Cobb.

Senioritis -- This 2011 seniors became the winningest class in program history during an April 9 win over Maryland. In three-plus years together they have amassed a 132-32 record and are the only class to win at least 30 games in each season. They passed the class of 2010, which wrapped up their careers with a 126-44 record.

Sophomore Hijinx -- Sophomores Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista), Lauren Colton and Alex Adamson will be looking to build on spectacular debuts at the CWPA Eastern Championship. Golden became the first-ever winner of the CWPA Eastern Championship Rookie of the Tournament, tallying six points and two steals in three games. Colton scored a career-high five goals in her Eastern Championship debut as part of an eight-point tournament. Adamson, meanwhile, became the third U-M rookie netminder to lead the Wolverines to a conference crown, making 23 saves in three games between the posts.

Magical Career -- Senior Alison Mantel tallied her 200th career goal against Princeton on April 3, becoming the second Wolverine in program history with 100 assists, 200 goals and 300 points. Mantel now has 208 goals and a program-record 153 assists for 361 points -- the second-highest total in program history. She joined Julie Hyrne (2006-09) in the 100-200-300 club; and now stands in the company of Hyrne and Shana Welch (2004-07) as the only players to score 200 goals.

Stuck in the Middle With You -- The Wolverines have been dominant in the middle frames this season as they own a plus-54 (120-66) scoring margin in the second period and a plus-55 (107-52) in third-period play. Michigan has not been a slow starter, either, posting a mark of plus-49 (113-64) in the opening period and an equally impressive plus-27 (78-51) in the fourth.

Rank and File -- Michigan retained a No. 6 ranking in the latest Women's Varsity Top 20 poll and continued its hold on the No. 1 ranking in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's Top 10 poll, both released released April 20. [ Complete Poll ]

Canham to Host NCAAs -- 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. Tickets are available for sale online at, in person at the U-M Athletic Ticket Office, or by calling (734) 764-0247 or toll-free (866) 296-MTIX (6849). [ Event Information ]

Series: U-M leads 9-3
Series at Easterns:
Series Tied 2-2
Last Meeting:
8-4, W (2/15/09 - Cambridge, Mass.)

Series: U-M leads 12-0
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 3-0
Last Meeting:
15-6, W (4/2/11 - Princeton, N.J.)

Series: U-M leads 16-0
Series at Easterns:
First Meeting
Last Meeting:
19-2, W (3/11/11 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Series: U-M leads 10-0
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 2-0
Last Meeting:
15-5, W (4/10/11 - Lewisburg, Pa.)

Series: U-M leads 13-4
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 3-2
Last Meeting:
8-7, W (4/9/11 - Lewisburg, Pa.)

Series: U-M leads 6-0
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 1-0
Last Meeting:
13-10, W (4/10/11 - Lewisburg, Pa.)

Series: U-M leads 30-6-1
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 4-1
Last Meeting:
9-8, W (3/26/11 - Bloomington, Ind.)

Series: U-M leads 10-0
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 1-0
Last Meeting:
9-5, W (4/9/11 - Lewisburg, Pa.)

Series: U-M leads 13-0
Series at Easterns: U-M leads 1-0
Last Meeting: 16-2, W (3/11/11 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Series: U-M leads 16-3
Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 6-1
Last Meeting:
12-10, W (4/3/11 - Princeton, N.J.)

Complete Statistics: Through 4/17/11

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 34 47 32 79
Lauren Orth 34 42 37 79
Kiki Golden 34 36 30 66

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 34 48
Lauren Orth 34 39
Alison Mantel 34 35

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 24 20-2 145 7.80 .493
Morgan Turner 17 8-2 89 6.29 .560

Point Streaks
Lauren Orth - 40 games* (56 goals, 42 assists)
Alison Mantel - 13 games (17 goals, 12 assists)
Natalie Naruns - four games (three goals, four assists)
Kiki Golden - three games (three goals, three assists)

Goals Streaks
Lauren Orth - six games (10 goals)

Assists Streaks
Lauren Orth - three games (three assists)

* - denotes streak dates back to 2010 season.

Sarah Roberts needs to appear in three games to match Mary Chatigny (167, 2006-09) for the program record in games played.

Lauren Orth needs two goals to match Leah Robertson (159, 2007-10) for fourth on the all-time list.

• Orth needs five assists to match Erin Brown (133, 2002-05) for second on the U-M career list.

Cara Reitz (126g, 69a) needs five points to become the 11th player in program history to reach the 200-point plateau.

Lauren Colton needs one drawn ejection to match Megan Hausmann (102, 2003-06) for sixth all-time.

• Colton needs one drawn ejection to match Julie Nisbet (49, 2002) for the U-M record by a sophomore.

Alex Adamson needs eight saves to reach the 300-save plateau.

• Adamson needs three wins to match Kristen Davis (43, 2006-07) for third on the U-M career list.

• Adamson needs three wins to match Brittany May (23, 2008) for wins in a season by a sophomore.

Morgan Turner needs one win to become the fifth Wolverine all-time with 25 career wins.

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