No. 6 University of Michigan Tops George Washington 18-4 to Reach 2011 CWPA Eastern Championship Semifinals

2011 University of Michigan Wolverines
2011 University of Michigan Wolverines

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The champion continues to roll as No. 6-nationally ranked and thtree-time defending Eastern Champion the University of Michigan used scoring from 12 different players in upending George Washington University 18-4 to reach at the semifinals of the 2011 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Women's Eastern Championship at Indiana University's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

The Wolverines, who reach the Eastern Championship semifinals for the 10th consecutive season, will face No. 19-ranked the University of Maryland at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 with a shot at reaching the program's eighth title game in the past 10 years.

Michigan, which has only missed out in reaching the 2003 and 2007 title tilts, wasted no time in putting the game out of reach.

Following a five-meter penalty shot strike by the Colonials' Megan Walker (Jr., San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) 45 seconds into the contest to stake GW to a 1-0 lead, the Wolverines ripped off five consecutive scores over the remainder of the first period to carry a 5-1 lead into the second period.

The margin continued to expand as the Wolverines buried three more goals to GW's two in the second period to lead 8-3 at the break.

Still facing a George Washington comeback and upset bid, Michigan iced the victory and another trip to the semifinals by firing in six goals in the third period to blow the lead up to 14-3 through 24 minutes of action.

The margin was too much for the Colonials to overcome as Michigan tacked on four more goals in the final eight minutes of play, while allowing one George Washington score, for the 18-4 final score.

Overall, the Wolverines were led by Player of the Game Sarah Roberts (Sr., Costa Mesa, Calif./Newport Harbor) who netted four markers, while Lauren Colton (So., Tustin, Calif./Tesoro), Laura Milstead (Fr., Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) and Cara Reitz (Sr., Miami, Fla./Gulliver) chipped in pairs of goals to combine for 10 of the Wolverines' 18 tallies.

In cage, Alex Adamson (So., Coronado, Calif./Coronado) and Morgan Turner (Jr., Mission Viejo, Calif./Trabuco Hills) provided nine saves for the Maize and Blue as the team improved to 27-6 all-time in Eastern Championship play, including a 21-5 mark under head coach Matt Anderson.

For George Washington, Rachael Bentley (Fr., Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly), Megan Walker (Jr., San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente), Monica Hanson (Jr., Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) and Allison Littlejohn (Fr., Saline, Mich./Saline) found the back of the cage, while Charlotte Schou (Sr., Miami, Fla./Miami Country Day) blocked away 16 of the high scoring Wolverines' shots.

George Washington will next be in action at 1:20 p.m. on April 30 as the Colonials will meet Southern Division rival Princeton University with a berth in the tournament fifth place game on the line.

1 2 3 4 -- Final
George Washington University 1 2 0 1 -- 4
No. 6 University of Michigan
5 3 6 4 -- 18

Michigan Goals: Sarah Roberts (4); Lauren Colton (2); Cara Reitz (2); Laura Milstead (2); Meagan Cobb; Keller Felt; Claire Ivry; Alison Mantel; Lauren Orth; Kiki Golden; Hathaway Moore; Audrey Pratt

GW Goals: Rachael Bentley; Megan Walker; Monica Hanson; Allison Littlejohn

Saves: Michigan - Alex Adamson (6, 16 minutes), Morgan Turner (3, 16 minutes) ; GW - Charlotte Schou (16)

Exclusions: Michigan - 15 ; GW - 8

Advantage Opportunities:  Michigan - 6-for-8 ; GW - 3-for-15

Sprints: Michigan - 2-for-4 ; GW - 2-for-4

Cards: YC - Scott Reed (George Washington)

Officials: Eddie Ajuz, Humberto Navarro

Michigan's Sarah Roberts shoots over GW's Monica Hanson

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