Inside Water #12: U-M Takes Part in Third Straight NCAA Championship

May 9, 2010

Championship Pack

Friday, May 14, 5:45 p.m. PDT -- vs. No. 4 seed California (Aztec Aquaplex) | Live Blog
Saturday, May 15, 2:15 or 4 p.m. PDT -- vs. No. 1 seed Stanford or No. 8 seed Pomona-Pitzer (Aztec Aquaplex) | | Live Blog
Sunday, May 16, Time TBD -- Championship Round (Aztec Aquaplex)
Live Blog | CBS College Sports Television (Live)

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan water polo team (32-6) earned the No. 5 seed for the 2010 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship, which runs May 14-16 at San Diego State's Aztec Aquaplex. The Wolverines will face No. 4 seed California in the opening round at 5:45 p.m. PDT on Friday (May 14) before facing either No. 1 seed Stanford or No. 8 seed Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday (May 15) at 4 p.m. PDT in the winners bracket or at 2:15 p.m. PDT in the consolation bracket. The fifth-seed selection for the Maize and Blue is the highest for a CWPA team since the NCAA field expanded to eight teams. The national title game is scheduled for 5 p.m. PDT on Sunday (May 16) and will air live on CBS College Sports Television. Ticket prices range from $20 for a session pass to $50 for a weekend pass.

Ticket Information | Interactive Bracket | Tournament Central

Friday, May 14 Time
Game 1 No. 2 seed Southern Cal vs. No. 7 seed Marist
12:30 p.m. PDT
Game 2 No. 3 seed UCLA vs. No. 6 seed Loyola Marymount 2:15 p.m. PDT
Game 3 No. 1 seed Stanford vs. No. 8 seed Pomona-Pitzer 4 p.m. PDT
Game 4 No. 4 seed California vs. No. 5 seed MICHIGAN 5:45 p.m. PDT
Saturday, May 15 Time
Consolation 1 Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 1 12:30 p.m. PDT
Consolation 2 Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 2:15 p.m. PDT
Semifinal 1 Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 4 p.m. PDT
Semifinal 2 Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 1 5:45 p.m. PDT
Sunday, May 16 Time
Seventh Place Loser Consolation 1 vs. Loser Consolation 2 11 a.m. PDT
Fifth Place Winner Consolation 1 vs. Winner Consolation 2 1:35 p.m. PDT
Third Place Loser Semifinal 1 vs. Loser Semifinal 2 3:15 p.m. PDT
First Place Winner Semifinal 1 vs. Winner Semifinal 2 5 p.m. PDT

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

Michigan at the NCAA Championship -- The Wolverines will be making their fifth NCAA appearance in program history and third consecutive showing at the national tournament. Michigan is coming off its best showing at the NCAA Championship, posting a 2-1 record en route to a fifth-place finish in 2009. U-M went 1-2 at the 2005 and 2008, finishing sixth both times, and 0-2 in the four-team field at the 2002 championship. Michigan is 4-7 all-time at the NCAA Championship. Head coach Matt Anderson is coaching his fourth Maize and Blue squad in the championship.

U-M Against the Field -- The Wolverines have met five of the seven other teams in this year's field at the NCAA Championship. The Wolverines first-round opponent, Cal, is making its national tournament debut. U-M upset Loyola Marymount in the fifth-place game last season and is 1-2 against the Lions. Michigan and Marist have met in the last two NCAA Championships with the Maize and Blue taking both contests. U-M trails UCLA and Southern Cal, 0-1, and has lost both meetings with Stanford. Pomona-Pitzer is making its third NCAA appearance but has never met the Wolverines at the event.

Top Seed -- The fifth-seed selection for the Maize and Blue is the highest for a CWPA team since the NCAA field expanded to eight teams in 2005. The Wolverines earned a sixth seed in 2005, 2008 and 2009. In 2002, the Wolverines were the fourth seed in a four-team field.

Magical Season -- Junior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) sits one point away from becoming the third Wolverine in program history to record 100 points in a season. Mantel, who has 52 goals and 47 assists, is on pace to join Julie Hyrne (117, 2007) and Shana Welch (102, 2006; 126, 2007) in the exclusive club. Mantel is also two helpers away from the program record for assists in a season, 49, set by Jo Antonsen in 2005.

Break-neck Pace -- Michigan has collected its third straight 30-win season and is on pace to set a program record for winning percentage. At 32-6, the Wolverines are winning at a staggering .842 clip. If Michigan wins 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.

Can We Be First -- Michigan is seeking to make history as the first team from outside California to win a water polo national title since the NCAA began sanctioning the annual tournament in 2001. The Wolverines became the first Eastern school to win a match at the NCAA Championship at the 2005 tournament in Ann Arbor and become the second team in CWPA conference history to finish in fifth place at the 2009 NCAA Championship. Two Michigan programs, field hockey in 2001 and softball in 2005, have won women's team national titles.

Best on the Big Stage -- Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) is the only Wolverine with an NCAA Championship All-Tournament first team selection in program history (2009) and the only player selected to the all-tournament team twice. She was also tabbed to the 2008 second team. Robertson has seven goals and two assists in six career games on the national stage.

A Big Haul -- Robertson and head coach Matt Anderson took home CWPA Western Division Player and Coach of the Year awards, respectively. Five Wolverines took home all-division hardware as Robertson, freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado), Mantel, and junior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) earned first team selections and sophomore Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) was named a second team honoree. The 2010 Eastern all-tournament team had Mantel and Robertson amongst the first team selections and freshman Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) on the second team. Robertson was tabbed tournament MVP and freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) earned Rookie of the Year honors.

To The Head of The Class -- The NCAA Championship will mark the end of the storied U-M 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 winningest class in program history has put together a 125-42 overall record and went 23-1 in division play. The foursome has led the Wolverines to four CWPA division championships, a trio of Eastern Championship titles, and is the first group of graduates to make three NCAA Championship appearances.

• California
   Series: U-M trails 0-2
   Series at NCAAs:
First Meeting
   Last Meeting:
6-8, L (1/24/09 - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
   Series: U-M trails 0-6
   Series at NCAAs:
U-M trails 0-1
   Last Meeting:
5-7, L (2/27/10 - Newport Beach, Calif.)
• Loyola Marymount
   Series: U-M trails 3-12
   Series at NCAAs:
U-M trails 1-2
   Last Meeting:
11-7, W (5/10/09 - NCAA Championship - College Park, Md.)
• Marist
   Series: U-M leads 6-0
   Series at NCAAs:
U-M leads 2-0
   Last Meeting:
9-7, W (5/9/09 - NCAA Championship - College Park, Md.)
• Pomona Pitzer
   Series: U-M leads 1-0
   Series at NCAAs:
First Meeting
   Last Meeting:
9-2, W (3/21/04 - Pomona, Calif.)
• Southern Cal
   Series: U-M trails 0-7
   Series at NCAAs:
U-M trails 0-1
   Last Meeting:
3-12, L (5/9/08 - NCAA Championship - Palo Alto, Calif.)
• Stanford
   Series: U-M trails 0-8
   Series at NCAAs:
U-M trails 0-2
   Last Meeting:
5-12, L (2/6/10 - Palo Alto, Calif.)

Complete Statistics: Through 5/2/10

Name GP G A P
Alison Mantel 38 52 47 99
Lauren Orth 38 39 35 74
Kiki Golden 38 38 26 64

Name GP Steals
Kiki Golden 38 73
Leah Robertson 22 60
Cara Reitz 38 53

Name GP W-L Blks GAA SV%
Alex Adamson 25 16-1 138 5.84 .573
Brittany May 16 5-3 62 7.16 .508
Morgan Turner 13 9-2 92 6.84 .586

Point Streaks
Leah Robertson -- 12 games (29 goals, nine assists)
Alison Mantel -- five games (six goals, seven assists)
Kiki Golden -- five games (five goals, five assists)
Keller Felt -- four games (four goals, four assists)
Lauren Orth -- three games (four goals, three assists)
Meagan Cobb -- three games (five goals, one assist)
Ryley Plunkett -- three games (one goal, four assists)

Goals Streaks
Leah Robertson -- 12 games (29 goals)
Alison Mantel -- five games (six goals)
Kiki Golden -- five games (five goals)
Meagan Cobb -- three games (five goals)

Leah Robertson needs 13 assists to tie Erin Brown (133, 2002-05) for the program career record.

Alison Mantel needs 15 assists to tie Erin Brown (133, 2002-05) for the program career record.

Mantel needs two assists to match Jo Antonsen (49, 2005) for the single-season program record.

Mantel needs one point to reach 100 on the season.

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

Orth needs five points to reach 200 on her career.

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

Reitz needs four points to reach 150 on her career.

Michigan punched its third ticket to the NCAA Championship in as many years with an automatic bid as CWPA Eastern champions (April 30-May 2). The Wolverines defeated No. 14-ranked Indiana, 7-5, in the finals after downing Princeton, 12-8, in the semifinals and Harvard, 18-10, in the opening round. Senior Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) tallied 11 points, 10 drawn ejections and eight steals en route to tournament MVP honors. Freshman Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) was named top rookie at the championship and freshman Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) was named CWPA Western Division Rookie of the Week for her efforts.

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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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