Inside Water #11: U-M Seeks Three-Peat at CWPA Eastern Championship

April 27, 2010

Friday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. -- vs. No. 8 seed Harvard (Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium) | Live Video (Fee)
Saturday, May 1, 1:30 or 4:30 p.m. --
vs. No. 4 seed Bucknell or No. 5 seed Princeton (Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium) | | Live Video (Fee)
Sunday, May 2, TBD -- Championship Round (Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium)
Live Video (Fee)

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (29-6) will be the top-seeded team for the CWPA Eastern Championship as it hopes to defend back-to-back titles this weekend (April 30-May 2) at Eppley Recreation Center Natatorium in College Park, Md. The Wolverines will take on No. 8 seed Harvard at 11:30 a.m. to kick off the weekend on Friday (April 30). No. 4 seed Bucknell and No. 5 seed Princeton will battle on the same side of the bracket with the winners of both games meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (May 1) and the losers going into the consolation bracket at 1:30 p.m. No. 2 seed Hartwick, No. 3 seed Indiana, No. 6 seed Brown and No. 7 seed Maryland make up the other side of the bracket, vying for a chance at the championship game on Sunday (May 2) at 2:30 p.m. The tournament champion earns an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship (May 14-16) in San Diego, Calif.

Tournament Central | Tickets | Directions

Friday, April 30 Time
Game 1 No. 1 seed Michigan vs. No. 8 seed Harvard 11:30 a.m.
Game 2 No. 4 seed Bucknell vs. No. 5 seed Princeton 1 p.m.
Game 3 No. 7 seed Maryland vs. No. 2 seed Hartwick 2:30 p.m.
Game 4 No. 3 seed Indiana vs. No. 6 seed Brown 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 Time
Game 5 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 1:30 p.m.
Game 6 Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 3 p.m.
Game 7 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 4:30 p.m.
Game 8 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 Time
Seventh Place Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 10 a.m.
Fifth Place Loser Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3 11:30 a.m.
Third Place Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 1 p.m.
First Place Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 2:30 p.m.

Teams listed first will wear dark caps and are home on the scoreboard. Host Maryland 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 third consecutive conference title and fifth overall. Michigan is 23-6 at the Eastern Championship all-time and 17-5 under head coach Matt Anderson. U-M has emerged as the champion in 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2009 and has been the top seed three times, including the 2002 title run.

Third Times A Charm -- Michigan is looking for its third straight CWPA Eastern championship, something no team has done in the modern era. The Wolverines (2008-09) are one of of four teams all-time -- and one of two in the modern era -- to repeat as conference champion, joining Slippery Rock (1988-96), UMass (1998-99) and Hartwick (2006-07). The modern era of water polo began in 2001 with the establishment of an NCAA-sanctioned championship.

Hardware Party -- Following the conclusion of Friday's competition, the Wolverines will travel to the Marriott-Greenbelt for 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 Player and Coach of the Year awards and five All-Western Division accolades at last year's banquet.

A Three-peat of Her Own -- Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) could become the first Wolverine to earn three CWPA Eastern Championship All-Tournament first team selections. Robertson, a first team honoree in 2008 and 2009, has 20 career points at the conference tournament and is tied for fifth with Megan Hausmann (2003-06) for points by a Wolverine. In addition to her 10 goals and 10 assists, Robertson has pulled 35 steals in nine career games at the championship. Sheetal Narsai (2002-05) is the U-M leader with 30 points, while Julie Hyrne's (2006-09) 18 goals and Erin Brown's (2002-05) 14 assists are tops by a Wolverine.

Magical Season -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) sits nine points away from becoming the third Wolverine in program history to record 100 points in a season. Mantel, who has 49 goals and 42 assists, is on pace to join Julie Hyrne (117, 2007) and Shana Welch (102, 2006; 126, 2007) in the exclusive club. Mantel's next goal will make her a repeat member of the 50-goal club and she is in striking range of the program record for assists, 49, set by Jo Antonsen in 2005.

30-30-30 -- Michigan is one win away from its third straight 30-win season. At 29-6, the Wolverines are winning at a staggering .829 clip. If Michigan wins the CWPA Eastern Championship and takes at least one game at the NCAA Championship, this year's squad will set a new program record in winning percentage. The previous record was set last season when the Maize and Blue went 35-9, winning 79.6 percent of its games.

Rookies Rock the East -- Michigan expecting to start freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) in the cage for the CWPA Eastern Championship. Rookie U-M netminders have had a lot of luck at the conference tournament, guiding the Maize and Blue to championships in 2002 and 2008. Then-freshman netminder Betsey Armstrong (2002-05) led the Wolverines to their first conference crown in 2002, stopping 58 of 77 shots she saw, including 19 saves against Indiana in the semifinal -- a program record that stood for two years. In 2008, then-newcomer and current fifth-year senior Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) averaged 8.7 saves per game en route to the conference title.

• Brown
   Series: U-M leads 9-3
   Series at Easterns:
Series Tied 2-2
   Last Meeting:
8-4, W (2/15/09 - Cambridge, Mass.)
• Bucknell
   Series: U-M leads 11-0
   Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 3-0
   Last Meeting:
13-7, W (3/6/10 - Bloomington, Ind.)
• Hartwick
   Series: U-M leads 11-4
   Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 3-2
   Last Meeting:
11-8, W (3/7/10 - Bloomington, Ind.)
• Harvard
   Series: U-M leads 13-0
   Series at Easterns:
First Meeting
   Last Meeting:
13-3, W (2/21/10 - Princeton, N.J.)
• Indiana
   Series: U-M leads 28-6-1
   Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 3-1
&nbs;  Last Meeting:
5-3, W (4/24/10 - CWPA Western Division Championship - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
• Maryland
   Series: U-M leads 8-0
   Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 1-0
   Last Meeting:
11-7, W (4/18/10 - College Park, Md.)
• Princeton
   Series: U-M leads 14-3
   Series at Easterns:
U-M leads 5-1
   Last Meeting:
13-10, W (2/20/10 - Princeton, N.J.)

Complete Statistics: Through 4/24/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 35 49 42 91
Lauren Orth 35 35 32 67
Kiki Golden 35 35 28 58

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 35 71
Cara Reitz 35 51
Leah Robertson 19 50

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 22 13-1 115 5.49 .587
Brittany May 15 5-3 61 7.15 .508
Morgan Turner 13 9-2 92 6.84 .586

Point Streaks
Leah Robertson -- nine games (22 goals, five assists)

Goals Streaks
Leah Robertson -- nine games (22 goals)

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

Alison Mantel needs three assists to match Leah Robertson (116, 2007-pres.) for fourth on the all-time list.

Mantel needs one assist to move into a four-way tie with Mary Chatigny (43, 2007), Shana Welch (43, 2007) and Erin Brown (43, 2004) for third on the single-season list. Two assists would match Brown (44, 2005) for second on the list.

Kiki Golden needs one steal to match Shana Welch (72, 2007) for third on the single-season list.

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

Adamson needs two assists to move into a tie with Sharayah Hernandez (30, 2006) and Kristen Davis (30, 2006) for helpers by a freshman.

Lauren Orth needs six goals to match Erin Brown (109, 2002-05) for 10th on the all-time list.

Orth needs 12 points to reach 200 on her career.

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

Michigan claimed its ninth straight division crown with a 5-3 victory over No. 15-ranked Indiana in the finals of the CWPA Western Division Championship on Saturday (April 24). Freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made seven saves while holding IU to three scores in the cage. Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) led the defensive charge with four steals and tallied the game-winning goal. Junior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) and senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) combined for seven goals and sophomore Claire Ivry (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte) had three assists as U-M cruised past Gannon, 17-3, is semifinal action.

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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.

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