Feb. 20, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team held its end-of-year banquet this past Saturday night (Feb. 18) at the Sheraton Four Points in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines honored the team and individuals after the 2011 season that saw U-M win the Big Ten regular-season title and advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
Senior Hannah Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) earned the Brian Fishman Award, which is presented to the player who displays the characteristics of hard work, passion for what she is doing and a pursuit of excellence. Dawson played in all 22 games her senior season in the backfield. She helped the Michigan defense to six shutouts, including 2-0 wins over Iowa, Penn State and Michigan State. She had two defensive saves at Maryland on Sept. 4, becoming the first Wolverine to collect two defensive saves in a game since 2005. In her four-year career, Dawson played in 85 games with 77 starts and she started every game since her sophomore season. She also was an NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth Area) earned the team's Player's Player award, which is given to the player who exemplifies what it means to be a U-M field hockey player. Brandes, who was a co-captain in 2011, started all 22 games in the backfield. She scored her first career goal in a 5-4 win over New Hampshire in the NCAA Tournament first-round game. She also had assists in Big Ten Tournament games against Iowa and Penn State and had a pair of helpers in the Big Ten regular-season championship-clinching win over Indiana. She helped the U-M defense to six shutouts on the year and had a defensive save against North Carolina in the NCAA quarterfinals. Brandes played in 70 career games for Michigan and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten performer and a two-time Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree.
Michigan also announced its 2012 spring schedule. The Wolverines will play in three tournaments this spring, starting with a tourney at Duke March 17-18 in Durham, N.C. U-M's opening action in the Longstreth Spring League will be on Saturday, March 31, in Louisville, Ky. Michigan will stay in Louisville Sunday, April 1, for a 7x7 play day. The schedule wraps up on Saturday, April 14, with more Longstreth Spring League games at Ohio State.
Michigan ended the 2011 season with a 15-7 overall record and a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, winning the outright regular-season title. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history, defeating No. 9 New Hampshire, 5-4, before falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 5-1.
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