ANN ARBOR, Michigan, April 27. THE No. 11-ranked University of Michigan water polo team captured the Eastern Championship title and an automatic bid for the 2008 NCAA Championship with its 10-7 win against the No. 14-ranked Hartwick on Sunday afternoon (April 27) in Canham Natatorium. Junior Julie Hyrne (Sunnyvale, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) was the star of the game for the Wolverines, tallying four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist. Hyrne was also named the Most Valuable Player for the Eastern Championship — she had six goals during the tournament.
Junior goalkeeper Brittany May (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara) also put forth an exemplary effort, making eight saves in the championship game. Sophomore Leah Robertson (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) had five steals to go with three points on the day while senior Michelle Keeley (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) had a goal and an assist in her final collegiate game at home. Freshman Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) had a pair of goals and two steals in the contest.
Special thanks to Michigan for contributing this report.