Aug. 30, 2010
Michigan at Maine, at #5 Connecticut
Maine Field Hockey Complex Orono, MaineThursday, Sept. 2: U-M at Maine, 3 p.m. Live Video ($7.95 fee)
Sherman Family-Sports Complex Storrs, Conn.Sunday, Sept. 5: U-M at No. 5 Connecticut, Noon Live Stats
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The University of Michigan field hockey team (0-2) continues its four-game road trip with a pair of games in New England this week. The Wolverines visit Orono, Maine, for a 3 p.m. game against Maine (1-1) on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 2). U-M then wraps up its road trip at No. 5 Connecticut (1-0) on Sunday (Sept. 5) at noon in Storrs, Conn.
Michigan will have just three more road games after this pair of contests. The Maize and Blue returns home for five straight games at Phyllis Ocker Field, starting with the 4 p.m. home opener against James Madison on Friday (Sept. 10). The Wolverines opened the 2010 season with a pair of losses against highly ranked opponents. U-M fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 3-0, and No. 6 Wake Forest, 5-1.
Wolverines Face Tough Slate in 2010 -- The University of Michigan faces 10 teams that were ranked in the top 20 of the Kookaburra/NFHCA Preseason Coaches' poll this season. The Maize and Blue opened the season with contests against No. 1 North Carolina and No. 6 Wake Forest at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Aug. 28-29). A contest with No. 5 Connecticut will take place this Sunday (Sept. 5) in Storrs, Conn., meaning the Wolverines will face three of the top six teams in the country in their first four games.
Sekhon Gets U-M on the Board -- Senior Vanessa Sekhon (West Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood) scored Michigan's first goal of the season in the 5-1 loss to No. 6 Wake Forest. Her goal at 41:39 tied the game at 1-1 and was assisted by redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick). Sekhon's goal was her seventh as a Wolverine.
U-M Duo Returns to the Pine Tree State -- Senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) and redshirt junior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) will return to their home state of Maine for the first time in their playing careers as the Wolverines visit Maine on Thursday (Sept. 2). Saydjari's hometown of Skowhegan is approximately one hour and 15 minutes away from Orono, while Brandes' hometown of Falmouth is around one hour and 45 minutes from the Maine campus.
Newcomers See Playing Time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge -- A total of six Wolverines saw their first action in the Maize and Blue at this past week's ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Freshmen Mallory Albini (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual), Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) and Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) played in both games of the tournament, while freshman Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) played in the North Carolina match and redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) saw time in the Wake Forest game. Mack leads Michigan with seven shots after two games.
Quick Hits -- Redshirt senior Paige Laytos recorded her 16th assist as a Wolverine in the 5-1 loss to No. 6 Wake Forest. Laytos had five assists both her freshman and redshirt junior seasons ... North Carolina and Wake Forest both went 2-0 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. North Carolina defeated Iowa 3-0 in the first game Sunday (Aug. 29) afternoon ... The Wolverines will have two games televised on the Big Ten Network this season. The Maize and Blue's games at Penn State on Sept. 26 and at Iowa on Oct. 10 will be broadcast in high definition. The BTN also will televise the Big Ten Tournament championship game Nov. 7 ... Michigan's game at Maine Thursday (Sept. 2) will be video streamed for a $7.95 fee.
U-M All-Time vs. Maine: 4-1
U-M All-Time vs. Connecticut: 3-4
Milestone Watch -- 400, Michigan needs just two more wins to reach the 400-victory mark in the school's history. The Maize and Blue sports a 398-291-25 record heading into Thursday's game against Maine.
Friday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. -- vs. James Madison (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Sunday, Sept. 12, 1 p.m. -- vs. Central Michigan (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423