Saturday, Sept. 6 -- vs. William & Mary (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 7 -- vs. Central Michigan (Phyllis Ocker Field), 2 p.m.
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The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (0-2) will open the home portion of its 2014 schedule this weekend, hosting a pair of non-conference games at the newly renovated Phyllis Ocker Field. U-M will face William & Mary at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 6) before wrapping the weekend against Central Michigan at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 7).
Michigan will also host a neutral-site contest between William & Mary and CMU at 2 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 5) at Ocker Field.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
William & Mary -- The Tribe are 0-2 on the season after falling to Virginia (9-0, Aug. 29) and Richmond (2-1, Aug. 31) in their opening weekend. Peyton Smith owns William & Mary's lone goal on the season, while goalkeeper Meredith Savage has played every minute in the cage, compiling an early .593 save percentage and 5.50 goals-against average. Michigan is 4-1 in the all-time series against the Tribe and claimed a 5-3 victory in last season's meeting in Williamsburg, Va.
Central Michigan -- The Chippewas enter the weekend with a 0-2 record after falling to Maine (4-0, Aug. 29) and Duke (4-1, Aug. 31) in their opening weekend. Mary Alice Moore scored CMU's lone goal last weekend, while goalkeepers Sadie Reynolds recorded a .704 save percentage and 5.14 goals-against average. Michigan owns a 32-15-2 advantage in the all-time series against Central Michigan and has won each of the last four meetings, including a 2-0 decision in last season's game in Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines boasted a perfect 8-0 record at Phyllis Ocker Field last season, outscoring their home opposition, 33-9. U-M owns an 11-match win streak at Ocker Field, dating back to a 3-2 overtime win against rival Michigan State on Oct. 12, 2012. Michigan owns an impressive 138-43 record at its home facility since its 1995 inauguration. In home openers at Ocker Field, U-M is 12-7.
Eight Michigan players earned their first collegiate playing time over the Wolverines' opening weekend: sophomore/freshmen Casie Ammerman, Carly Bennett, Morgan Dever, Allie Sardo and freshmen Veerle Lubbers, Morgan Malone, Sam Swenson and Katie Trombetta.
Freshmen Morgan Malone posted her first collegiate point -- an assist -- against Wake Forest (Aug. 31).
Junior/sophomore Chris Lueb and freshman Sam Swenson split time in the Wolverine cage over the opening weekend. Lueb posted eight saves, a .615 save percentage and a 5.00 goals-against average, while Swenson tallied six saves, a .667 save percentage and 2.83 goals-against average.
The Wolverines welcome four freshmen to the 2014 squad -- two American players and two Europeans. Morgan Malone and Katie Trombetta combined for four NFHCA All-America honors and seven all-state citations. Sam Swenson most recently played goalkeeper for the English Junior National Team, while Veerle Lubbers is coming off three years at the highest national level of Dutch club play.
Michigan earned the No. 17 ranking in the 2014 NFHCA Preseason Poll, released Aug. 26, and list fifth among Big Ten teams. The Wolverines will face nine teams featured in the top-20 preseason poll this season, most notably No. 1 Maryland and No. 2 North Carolina. The first regular-season poll will be released Tuesday, Sept. 9.
With the finishing touches being added to its newly renovated Ocker Field, Michigan spent its 2014 preseason at the USA Field Hockey National Training Center in nearby Virginia Beach, Va. The training center, part of the larger Virginia Beach Sportsplex, features a pair of turf fields which have hosted numerous national and international competitions since its 2001 opening. It is considered among the finest field hockey complexes in the country.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines dropped both of their ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, falling to No. 2 North Carolina, 5-1, and No. 11 Wake Forest, 3-2 OT, last weekend (Aug. 30-31) in Chapel Hill, N.C. Michigan was doomed by a slow start in the former contest, allowing two goals in the opening 10 minutes, and gave up three goals on rebounds in front of the cage. Michigan tied the Wake Forest contest on a penalty corner with time expired to force overtime but ultimately lost in overtime. Junior Jaime Dean, junior Shannon Scavelli and fifth-year senior Leslie Smith scored goals for the Maize and Blue over the weekend. [ Recaps: North Carolina | Wake Forest ]
Friday, Sept. 12 -- vs. Providence (Phyllis Ocker Field), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14 -- vs. VCU (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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