April 25, 2012
The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (21-11) will travel to Providence, R. I., to open play for the 2012 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship crown on Friday (April 27) at 3:40 p.m. inside the Moran Coleman Aquatics Center at Brown University.
After winning their 11th consecutive CWPA divisional title, the No. 1-seeded Wolverines received a first-round bye for the Eastern Championship. U-M will face the winner of the first-game match-up between No. 8 seed Bucknell and No. 9 seed George Washington, which will play at 9 a.m. on Friday. The winner of the Eastern Championship will receive an at-large-bid to this year's NCAA Water Polo Championship in San Diego, Calif.
In its last time out, Michigan swept the field at the CWPA Western Division Championship (April 14-15), defeating Hartwick, 7-6, in the final. The Wolverines picked up their 11th CWPA divisional title, including their ninth western championship.
Michigan moved through the tournament, picking up wins against Notre Dame (Ohio), 20-4, and Indiana, 10-7. Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista), Kelsey Nolan (San Jose, Calif./Leland), Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville), Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) and Laura Milstead (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) recorded hat tricks.
MICHIGAN vs. THE OPPOSITION
Series: U-M leads 13-0
Last Meeting: W, 12-7 (4/7/12 - College Park, Md.)
In the last meeting against Bucknell, Michigan scored on 2 of 3 power plays and nailed both five-meter penalty shots. Defensively, the Wolverines recorded 13 steals, nine field blocks and five drawn kickouts.
After trailing, 1-0, in the early minutes, Michigan scored three straight and outscored the Bison, 4-1, in the second frame. U-M held a 7-2 advantage at the half, before Bucknell answered with a 3-1 run to close the period. The Wolverines held an 11-5 lead and closed out the game splitting Bucknell's final two goals.
George Washington (10-14)
Series: U-M leads 12-0
Last Meeting: W, 16-4 (4/6/12 - College Park, Md.)
The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan water polo team jumped back in the win column with a 16-4 victory over George Washington on April 6 inside the Eppley Recreation Center. The Wolverines used 11 goals in the first half to control the remainder of the game and held the Colonials scoreless until the third period while gathering six steals. Eleven Wolverines tallied a score behind a total of 28 attempts.
The Wolverines have won 11 consecutive CWPA division crowns overall (2002-12) and three of the last four CWPA Eastern Championship titles. The postseason divisional tournament returned on April 14-15 in Bloomington, Ind., after a one-year hiatus. During the break, Michigan was named the 2011 Western Division champion based on its regular-season record. Michigan had won the previous seven CWPA Western Division Tournament championships and a pair of Southern Division tournament crowns before that. Despite losing their first regular-season league game since 2007 with a loss to Indiana, U-M holds an overall record of 75-5 in conference games all-time.
MICHIGAN IN THE 2012 RANKS
Poll, Date -- U-M Rank
Preseason 2012, Jan. 4 -- 16
Week 1, Jan. 25 -- 13
Week 2, Feb. 1 -- 12
Week 3, Feb. 8 -- 11
Week 4, Feb. 15 -- 12
Week 5, Feb. 22 -- 12
Week 6, Feb. 29 -- 9
Week 7, March 7 -- 9
Week 8, March 14 -- 13
Week 9, March 21 -- 10
Week 10, March 28 -- 9
Week 11, April 4 -- 13
Week 12, April 12 -- 10
With 93 points on the season, Golden breaks in the top 10 in career and points in a season. For her career, Golden now has 231 points and ranks eighth all-time in the category, while her 93 points on the season sit seventh on the list.
After last weekend, Michigan moved its hat trick count to 27 on the season. Kiki Golden, Kelsey Nolan, Laura Milstead, Audrey Pratt and Meagan Cobb helped lift the Wolverines during their run in the CWPA Western Championship title. Pratt (4), Cobb (3) and Milstead's (3) hat tricks set things in motion in the win over Notre Dame (Ohio). Nolan's five goals helped Michigan rally pass rival Indiana, before Golden tallied four goals, including the game-winner, versus Hartwick.
U-M's 2012 season hat trick count includes: Kiki Golden (7), Lauren Colton (4), Kelsey Nolan (5), Meagan Cobb (3), Lauren Thatcher (2), Audrey Pratt (3), Claire Ivry (1), Laura Milstead (1) and Ellis O'Connor (1).
Kiki Golden leads the Wolverines in goals (60), assists (33) and points (93). She has scored in 27-of-32 games on the year. This season, Golden has led Michigan with five or more goals in three games. She registered 10 goals during the Red Fox Invitational. Against Iona, she led all players with six goals for the game and notched five versus Bucknell.
MICHIGAN 2012 CWPA WEEKLY HONORS
Kiki Golden -- CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK / DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (APRIL 16)
Kelsey Nolan -- CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK (APRIL 16)
Alex Adamson -- CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MARCH 22)
Meagan Cobb -- PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MARCH 20)
Kelsey Nolan -- CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK (MARCH 13)
Lauren Thatcher -- FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (FEB. 28)
Kiki Golden -- PLAYER OF THE WEEK (FEB. 7)
Kelsey Nolan -- DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK (FEB. 7)
Elizabeth Williams -- FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK (FEB. 7)
ADAMSON MOVES TO SECOND ALL-TIME
Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado), a junior, picked up her 52nd career victory in the cage and now ranks second all-time in wins, after the Wolverines managed a 7-6 win over Hartwick on April 15. On the season, Adamson holds a 14-9 record in 24 games played. Adamson saw action on offense against Salem International earlier this year.
Tara Brigham holds a 12-0 record in the cage and currently is the only player in program history to accomplish an unbeaten mark with a minimum of 20 games played at goalkeeper. Against George Washington, she recorded career highs in saves (15) and assists (5).
Morgan Turner REACHES 300
Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) surpassed 300 career saves after recording 17 at the conclusion of the Wolverine Invite. Entering the weekend with 299 saves, she posted eight blocks against Gannon in game 2-of-6 for the Wolverines during their home invite. Turner now holds 340 saves for her career.
GIVE ME MOORE
With an assist against Salem International and a goal versus Cal Lutheran on March 17, Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis) reached 50 career points. She currently has 65 points for her career.
REACHING THE CENTURY MARK
Kiki Golden and Lauren Colton (Mission Viejo, Calif./Tesoro) both reached 100 career goals during the UC Irvine Invitational, held Feb. 25-26. Both captured their 100th in the Wolverines' match-up against Hawaii.
Claire Ivry (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) became the newest member of the 100-point club when she tallied two goals and two assists in the win versus George Washington on April 6. She currently has 107 points, which include postseason play.
Meagan Cobb reached 150 career points after hitting the milestone when she registered one goal in the match-up against UCLA on Feb. 5. On the year, Cobb has 49 points from 35 goals and 14 assists, with 186 points for her career.
Audrey Pratt recorded her 50th career point during Michigan's 7-5 win over UC Davis on Feb. 2. To open season, Pratt registered her first career hat trick during the Michigan Kick-Off.
FACING THE RANKED
The Wolverines have faced 15 ranked opponents this season. On the year, Michigan is 5-10 when facing opponents in the CWPA Top 20. U-M picked up back-to-back wins against a ranked opponent with victories over No. 12 Indiana (10-7) and No. 19 Hartwick (7-6). This season, the Wolverines captured a win over No. 6 Hawaii on Feb. 25, marking the first time this season U-M defeated a team ranked higher in the national poll.
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