Week #2: U-M to Face First Road Challenge in Temple, No. 1 Maryland

Aug. 30, 2011

Saturday, Sept. 3
-- Michigan at Temple, Noon
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Sunday, Sept. 4 -- Michigan at No. 1 Maryland, 1 p.m.
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The No. 9 University of Michigan field hockey team (1-1) will hit the road for the first time in the 2011 season this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 3-4) with trips to Temple (1-1) and No. 1 Maryland (2-0). The trip to the East Coast starts this Saturday (Sept. 3) as the Wolverines face Temple at noon at Geasey Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Michigan then plays Maryland, the defending NCAA champion, on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 4) at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in College Park, Md.

Michigan is coming off a split in the opening weekend's ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Ocker Field. The Wolverines fell to No. 2 North Carolina, 5-0, on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 27) but rebounded with a 2-1 win over No. 11 Wake Forest this past Sunday (Aug. 28). The win over the Demon Deacons was the first by U-M since the 1999 NCAA quarterfinal and it was the first Wolverine win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge since 2002.

Road Openers -- After falling to North Carolina -- ranked in the top five each time -- in each of the past three road openers, U-M will face Temple in the first road game of 2011, a familiar road opener foe. The Wolverines' last win in a road opener came in 2007, against Temple.

Opponent History -- The Wolverines own a 6-1 record all-time against Temple, including a 5-1 win in the last meeting in 2009. U-M has won the past five meetings between the schools. Meanwhile, Michigan is 1-10 all-time against Maryland, but that one victory came in the 2001 national title game.

U-M All-Time in Road Openers -- 19-18-1
U-M All-Time vs. Temple --
U-M All-Time vs. Maryland -- 1-10
U-M All-Time vs. the Atlantic 10 -- 16-6-1
U-M All-Time vs. the ACC --13-41

National Champs on Deck -- For the ninth consecutive season, Michigan has the defending national champion on the schedule. This time, U-M faces No. 1 Maryland this Sunday (Sept. 4) at 1 p.m. Maryland defeated North Carolina, 3-2, in double overtime to win the 2010 national title. The streak is only at nine due to the fact that the Wolverines won the title in 2001, the last time a team not named Wake Forest, Maryland or North Carolina won the championship.

Wake Win Highlights First Weekend -- Michigan hosted the ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the first time since 2007 this past Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 27-28) and came away with a 2-1 win over Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon. Wake Forest had won 14 straight contests against U-M until Sunday. The last time Michigan won a game over Wake was on Nov. 14, 1999, in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Michigan won that game, 3-2, in overtime as Ashley Reichenbach (1996-99) converted on a penalty stroke in the extra session.

Sheaffer Nets Game-Winner -- U-M sophomore Kim Sheaffer (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) netted the game-winning goal with just 7:20 remaining in a 2-1 win over Wake Forest this past Sunday (Aug. 28) at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Sheaffer scored her first game-winning and career goal in a Michigan uniform. The sophomore played in four games in 2010 and earned her first career start in the Wake Forest win.

Michigan Ranked Ninth in Preseason Poll -- Michigan is ranked ninth in the 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I preseason poll, announced Aug. 23. The Wolverines earned 527 points in the poll. Sunday's opponent, Maryland, earned the top spot in the preseason poll with 966 points and 32 first-place votes. It was followed by North Carolina, which had 939 points and 14 first-place votes (Virginia, Connecticut and Syracuse round out the top-five). Michigan is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 20, joining Ohio State (No. 6), Penn State (No. 8) and Michigan State (No. 14). Michigan also plays eight teams ranked in the preseason poll in 2011. The next poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Who's Back -- The Wolverines return six starters and 12 letterwinners from last year's team that was the Big Ten regular-season co-champion, the Big Ten Tournament champion and made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The U-M defense returns senior backs Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) and Hannah Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) and redshirt senior back Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth). All three players started all 22 games for the Maize and Blue last year. Both goalkeepers from 2010 return in fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) and redshirt sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer). Up front, sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) returns after being named the Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player. Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) leads the Wolverine midfield in 2011 after scoring three goals and collecting 10 points last season.

Oh Captain, My Captain -- Captaining the Wolverines in 2011 will be senior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and senior Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional). The duo have combined to play in 105 career games for U-M, while scoring six goals and seven assists from the backfield. [ Full Release ]

Mack Attack! -- Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) returns to the field after a stellar freshman season. Mack led U-M with 16 goals, including four game-winning tallies and 36 points in 2010. She was named the Big Ten Tournament's Most Valuable Player after scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game against Ohio State and netting two goals in the semifinal against Penn State. Mack became just the second freshman in school history to earn All-America honors as she was named to the third team. She also was named to the All-Big Ten second team and earned NFHCA West Region first team honors. This past weekend at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Mack assisted on the game-winning goal in Michigan's 2-1 win over Wake Forest on Aug. 28.

National Championship Reunion Set -- The 2001 national championship team will be honored Saturday, Oct. 1, at halftime of the Iowa game. The game against the Hawkeyes will start at 10 a.m. This is the 10-year anniversary of the team that defeated Maryland 2-0 to win the first NCAA national title in the history of women's athletics. The 2001 team also will be recognized at the football game against Minnesota the same afternoon and will be part of the alumnae game Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.

Quick Hits -- There was a total of 1,330 fans at the four games of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this past weekend, including 637 at the U-M/North Carolina game ... After all four games, a member of each team was selected as the Player of the Game. Senior Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) was chosen after the North Carolina game, while sophomore Kim Sheaffer (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) was selected after the Wake Forest win ... Freshman Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) started both games of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in the backfield. She joined classmate Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) as true freshmen who played on the opening weekend. Sophomore/freshman Samantha Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) earned her first career start in the North Carolina game ... Michigan's next two opponents, Temple and Maryland, played each other on Monday (Aug. 29) in Philadelphia. Maryland came away with a 6-0 win over the Owls.

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Friday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m. -- vs. Central Michigan (Ocker Field)
Sunday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. -- vs. Bucknell (Ocker Field)

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