Week #4: U-M to Close Out Homestand with Ball State, No. 14 Boston U
Kim Sheaffer

Sept. 13, 2011

Saturday, Sept. 17 -- vs. Ball State (Ocker Field), 10 a.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 18 -- vs. No. 14 Boston University (Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (4-2) concludes its four-game homestand this weekend as the Wolverines host Ball State (0-3) and No. 14 Boston University (3-2) at Ocker Field. U-M faces the Cardinals this Saturday (Sept. 18) at 10 a.m. and the nationally ranked Terriers on Sunday (Sept. 19) at 1 p.m.

Michigan is coming off of back-to-back shutout wins of Central Michigan (Sept. 9) and Bucknell (Sept. 11), both by matching 5-0 counts. Sophomore Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) had two goals in the CMU win, while freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) had a hat trick in the win over Bucknell.


Opponent History
Ball State -- The Wolverines lead the all-time series with Ball State, 13-5, and have won the last nine contests with the Cardinals. Michigan also owns an 8-2 record against Ball State in Ann Arbor.

Boston University -- U-M holds a 3-2 series advantage on Boston University. Michigan won the last two outings with the Terriers, including a 4-3 win in overtime in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.

U-M All-Time vs. Ball State -- 13-5
U-M All-Time vs. Boston University -- 3-2
U-M All-Time vs. MAC -- 76-26-5
U-M All-Time vs. America East --14-7

Best Start Since 2003 -- U-M is off to its best start, 4-2, since 2003 when the Wolverines also started 4-2 on the way to a 17-6 record and a national semifinal finish. Michigan was 5-1 in the first six games in 2002 fresh off the 2001 national title.

Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 19-5 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 4-2 this season.

Team Scoring Leader Guttman Earns Second Straight Freshman Honor -- For the second straight week, freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) -- the team leader in both goals (5) and points (11) -- has been named the Big Ten Conference's Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced today (Tuesday, Sept. 13). [ Release ]

Michigan Ranked 13th in Latest NFHCA Poll -- Michigan is ranked 13th in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Sept. 13. The Wolverines received 359 points and are one of three Big Ten schools (Penn State and Iowa) to be ranked in the top 20. North Carolina is the number one for the second straight week. The Tar Heels are followed by Old Dominion, Maryland, Connecticut and Syracuse in the top five.

Roberts Nets A Pair in CMU Win -- Sophomore Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) had her first multi-goal game in the 5-0 win over Central Michigan on Sept. 9. Roberts opened the scoring with a goal in the fifth minute of play and added a goal with just 27 seconds left in the first half. Roberts added an assist in the 5-0 win over Bucknell on Sept. 11. Roberts is third on the Wolverines with seven points in six games played.

Big Ten Stats -- Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) leads the Big Ten with a 1.04 goals-against-average. She also is tied for the lead with a shutout and is second in save percentage (.778) ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for fifth in both goals (5) and points (11) ... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is tied for ninth in goals (3) and tied for 10th in points (8) ... Sophomore Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) is also tied for ninth with three goals ... Sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and freshman Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) have three assists apiece, which is tied for sixth.

Shutout Streak Intact -- Michigan shut out both its opponents this past week as fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) and junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) combined to save seven shots in the 5-0 wins over Central Michigan and Bucknell. Barwick had three saves apiece in the wins, while Jones stopped a shot in the Bucknell victory. It was the first time Michigan has had back-to-back shutouts since Sept. 13 and 18 of the 2005 season, when U-M blanked Central Michigan, 2-0, and Vermont, 5-0.

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 -- The last time Michigan scored five or more goals in back-to-back games was in the 2006 season when U-M defeated Miami, 5-3, on Oct. 8 and Central Michigan, 7-2, on Oct. 10 ... Freshmen Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) and Lauren Annable (W. Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood School) made their first appearances in a Michigan uniform in the Central Michigan win.

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Friday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m. -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio)
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. -- at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

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