No. 7 University of Michigan Drowns Iona & Marist to Become First Modern Team to 300 Victories
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan water polo team became the first program in the modern era to reach 300 wins, defeating Marist College, 12-5, and Iona College, 10-6, during day-two action of the Wolverine Invitational inside Canham Natatorium.
Junior Meagan Cobb (Hudsonville, Mich./Hudsonville) scored five goals on the day and senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) tallied four times and chipped in two assists in the victories. Sophomore Alex Adamson (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) made nine saves against the Iona Gaels and was the goalie of record in both contests.
Michigan learned quickly that Iona was not going to be a willing participant in history. The Gaels took a 1-0 first-period lead and hung with the Wolverines, leading 5-4 heading into the final two minutes of the first half. Cobb knotted up the game from two meters before a last-second floater from Mantel gave U-M a 6-5 lead at the break.
U-M's offense continued to rattle off goals with senior Lauren Orth (Poway, Calif./Poway) putting home a rebound early in the third frame to give U-M all the markers it would need. Just over a minute later, Orth found senior Sarah Roberts (Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) on a cross-cage pass to extend the Maize and Blue lead to 8-5. Sophomore Lauren Colton (Tustin, Calif./Tesoro) and senior Ryley Plunkett (Modesto, Calif./Johansen) dented the twine to cap Michigan's six-goal string. Iona scored the lone goal in the fourth period, but the Wolverines had all they needed to cross the 300-win threshold.
The Wolverines and Red Foxes traded goals through the first nine minutes of the day's first game before Cobb sparked an 8-0 run for the Maize and Blue that carried into the fourth period. Cobb scored four times in the contest, while Colton and Mantel chipped in a pair each.
Michigan became the first program in the modern era to reach 300 victories with its victory over Iona. The Maize and Blue reached the milestone with a record of 300-117-1 over 10-plus seasons. The modern era of water polo began in 2001 with the establishment of an NCAA-sanctioned championship.
Michigan will make its second national television appearance of the year when it takes on Indiana on Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind. The rivalry game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
Release courtesy Michigan Athletic Communications