Sept. 7, 2010
Michigan vs. No. 14 James Madison, vs. Central Michigan
Phyllis Ocker Field Ann Arbor, Mich.
Friday, Sept. 10: U-M vs. No. 14 James Madison, 4 p.m. Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 12: U-M vs. Central Michigan, 1 p.m. Live Stats
Field Hockey Camper Reunion, Free Pizza for U-M Students
The University of Michigan field hockey team (0-4) will start its 11-game home schedule this week after playing its first four games away from Ann Arbor. The Wolverines open the home slate on Friday (Sept. 10) at 4 p.m. against No. 14 James Madison (2-2). Michigan (0-2) will then face its first in-state foe of the season on Sunday (Sept. 12) at 1 p.m. as Central Michigan visits Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines are looking for their first win of 2010 after playing three top-six opponents in their first four contests.
A Tale of Two Halves -- Through four games this season; Michigan has allowed just two goals in the first 35 minutes of play. The Wolverines also have outshot their opponents 26-23 in the first half. In the second half of play, Michigan has been outscored 10-2 and has been outshot by the opposition 28-21.
Great to Be Home -- The Wolverines will now play eight of their next nine games at home, including five straight starting with Friday's (Sept. 10) game against James Madison. This is after the Wolverines played just six games in Ann Arbor last season. The 11-game home schedule is the largest since the 2004 team played 12 games at Ocker Field, going 9-3 in the home slate. Michigan has had a winning record at home in 12 of the last 13 season, including unbeaten campaigns in 2000 and 2002.
Advantage on Penalty Corners -- Michigan heads into the home opener with a 22-18 advantage over its opponents on penalty corners. The Maize and Blue has been out-cornered just once this season, as No. 1 North Carolina held a slim 6-5 lead in penalty corners on Aug. 28. Michigan out-cornered No. 5 Connecticut this past Sunday (Sept. 5), but the Huskies scored their first goal on a deflected corner in their 2-0 win over U-M.
Quick Hits -- Redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) was a part of the Big Ten Network's "Faces of the Big Ten" series, highlighting student-athlete stories around the conference. Her story of coming back from two knee injuries to play her redshirt senior will be shown on BTN and also is available on the network's YouTube page ... Michigan's schedule of top-20 teams grew by one this week as Albany, U-M's opponent next Saturday (Sept. 18), moved into the rankings at No. 18 ... This will be the 24th consecutive year that Michigan will play Central Michigan ... Freshmen Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) and Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) made their first career starts in the Maize and Blue in the 2-0 loss to No. 5 Connecticut. U-M started three newcomers in the UConn game, as freshman Mallory Albini (San Diego, Calif./San Pasqual) has started all four games for the Wolverines this season.
U-M All-Time vs. James Madison: 3-1
U-M All-Time vs. Central Michigan: 28-15-2
U-M All-Time in Home Openers: 22-11-3
U-M All-Time at Ocker Field: 105-38
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Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. -- vs. Albany (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Sunday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m. -- vs. Quinnipiac (Phyllis Ocker Field)