SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) became the program's all-time assist leader and sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) became the first goalie to go the distance in a shutout as the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team rolled past No. 20-ranked Marist College, 15-4, and Long Beach State University, 6-0, on day one of the Univeristy of California-San Diego Triton Invitational at the Canyonview Pool.
Mantel tallied four assists on the day to become the program's all-time leader in assists, passing Erin Brown (2002-05) with three helpers against Marist and one more against the 49ers. Adamson is the second U-M goalie to go the distance in a shutout, making 11 stops and completing the program's fifth shutout all-time.
Junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) and sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) both tallied hat tricks against Marist, with Cobb finishing the day with a team-high five goals. Junior Morgan Turner (Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) posted five saves and an assist against the Red Foxes.
Mantel began her march to the top of the record book in expedient style, completing a playmaker (three assists) before the end of the first half against Marist. After the Wolverines opened up a 4-2 first-period lead on two goals apiece from Colton and freshman Hathaway Moore (Atherton, Calif./Saint Francis), Michigan exploded for seven goals in the second period. Cobb scored two of her three goals in the contest in the third frame to extend the U-M lead to 15-3. The Maize and Blue then cruised through a quiet final frame to secure the victory.
Adamson stood strong behind a stout U-M defense in the nightcap, earning the Wolverines a spot in the invitational's semifinals. Cobb got the Wolverines on the board off a pass from Mantel to give the Wolverines a narrow 1-0 lead after one period. Mantel made it 2-0 at the break, before a pair from sophomore Kiki Golden (Danville, Calif./Monte Vista) and another from Cobb put the Wolverines comfortably ahead, 5-0, after three periods. Freshman Audrey Pratt (Burlingame, Calif./Burlingame) put the icing on the game, netting the lone marker of the final frame.
Michigan will square off with No. 6-ranked Loyola Marymount in the semifinals of the Triton Invitational on Sunday (Feb. 13) at 12:30 p.m. PST. The teams will be vying for a spot in the championship game at 5:50 p.m. PST against the winner of No. 3 UCLA and No. 9 San Diego State. The third-place game will be played at 4:40 p.m. PST. Both U-M games, regardless of outcome, will be played at the Triton Pool.
Release courtesy Michigan Athletic Communications