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The University of Michigan field hockey team (1-3) will open the home portion of its 2013 schedule when it hosts a pair of non-conference matches this weekend at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines will square off against No. 16 Louisville (3-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 14) before returning to action against UC Davis (1-2) at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 15).
Michigan will also host a neutral-site contest between Louisville and UC Davis at 1 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 13) at Ocker Field.
The Wolverines own an impressive 130-43 record at their home facility since its 1995 inauguration. In home openers at Ocker Field, U-M is 11-7. Last season, five of the Wolverines' 10 home games were against ranked teams. U-M completed the home portion of its schedule with an 8-1 mark and three shutout victories, outscoring its opponents, 34-8.
Senior Rachael Mack has recorded at least one goal in three of the Wolverines' four games this season, leads the Big Ten with four tallies and shares the 16th spot among the national goals-per-game leaders (1.00).
Senior/junior Leslie Smith has tallied at least one assist in three of four games, already totaling five helpers on the season -- nearly half of her 2012 season total (12). She leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth among the nation's assists-per-game leaders (1.25).
Smith also scored her first goal on the season on a second-half penalty stroke vs. North Carolina (Sept. 7). She boasts four stroke goals in her career after going 3-for-4 on opportunities last season.
Michigan has outshot three of four opponents this season and outcornered all four opposing teams.
Head coach Marcia Pankratz earned her 200th career win with the Wolverines' 4-2 decision at Maine (Sept. 1). She owns a career record of 200-93 and is the 32nd NCAA Division I coach to reach 200 career wins. Among current active coaches nationally, Pankratz ranks 18th in total wins and ninth in career winning percentage (.683).
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Louisville -- The Cardinals own a 3-1 record on the season, most recently defeating William & Mary (4-1, Sept. 6) and Ohio (6-2, Sept. 8) in their first home weekend. Their only loss came in their season opener against Virginia (3-2, Aug. 30). Freshman Shannon Sloss and junior Alyssa Voelmle lead Louisville in scoring with three goals apiece, while junior/sophomore goalkeeper Sydney King owns a 1.75 goals-against average and .708 save percentage. Michigan carries a 7-2 record in the all-time series against Louisville, falling, 3-2, in the most recent meeting between the programs in 2009.
UC Davis -- The Aggies carry a 1-2 season mark into the weekend after falling to Liberty (2-1, Sept. 6) and Dartmouth (4-3, Sept. 8) last weekend on the road. Sophomore/freshman Danielle Koehne boasts four goals to lead UC Davis in scoring, while senior goalkeeper Danielle Herrington has started all three Aggie games in the cage, posting a 1.20 goals-against average and .727 save percentage. Michigan claimed the only previous meeting between the programs, 2-0, in 2010.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines dropped both their ACC/Big Ten Challenge games, falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 7-2, and No. 18 Wake Forest, 2-1, last weekend (Sept. 7-8) in Iowa City, Iowa. Michigan struck first in the former contest and maintained a close score for most of the first half, before the Tarheels broke the game open with three markers in the closing seven minutes of the game. U-M stayed deadlocked with Wake Forest until late in the second half when the Demon Deacons netted the game-winner with 12:30 left in regulation. Senior Rachael Mack, senior/junior Leslie Smith and sophomore Jaime Dean scored goals for the Maize and Blue over the weekend. [ Recaps: North Carolina | Wake Forest ]
Friday, Sept. 20 -- at William & Mary (Williamsburg, Va.), 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22 -- at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 1 p.m.