Week #4: U-M Continues Home Stand Against Albany, Quinnipiac

Sept. 14, 2010

Michigan vs. No. 19 Albany, Quinnipiac
Phyllis Ocker Field • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Saturday, Sept. 18: U-M vs. Albany, 10 a.m. • Live Stats
Sunday, Sept. 19: U-M vs. Quinnipiac, 1 p.m. • Live Stats
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The University of Michigan field hockey team (2-4) returns to Phyllis Ocker Field for two contests this week. The Wolverines host No. 19 Albany (3-1) on Saturday (Sept. 18) morning at 10 a.m. The Great Danes will be the fifth ranked team the Maize and Blue has faced this season. Then on Sunday (Sept. 19), Michigan hosts Quinnipiac (2-3) at 1 p.m. On Friday (Sept. 17), Quinnipiac and Albany will face off Friday (Sept. 17) at 1 p.m. before facing the Wolverines during the weekend.

U-M is coming off a thrilling 4-3 overtime win over James Madison on Sept. 10 and a 4-0 shutout of Central Michigan on Sept. 12.

Home Stretch Starts With Pair of Wins -- Michigan opened its 11-game home schedule with a pair of wins at Phyllis Ocker Field this past weekend. The Wolverines completed their biggest comeback since the 2006 season and its first overtime win since 2007 in the win over James Madison. Michigan then had its 400th win in program history in the win over Central Michigan. Michigan now has 107 wins in 15-plus seasons at the on-campus facility.

Mack Garners Player of the Week Honors -- Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) was named both the Big Ten's Offensive Player and the Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday (Sept. 13). Mack had a hand in three of U-M's four goals in a 4-3 overtime win over No. 14 James Madison on Friday (Sept. 10) in the Wolverines' home opener and then added her third goal of the season and weekend in the 4-0 shutout of Central Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 12). With the Maize and Blue down 3-0 at the half, Mack came out and scored two quick goals on direct penalty corners to cut the Dukes' advantage to one goal. Then in overtime, Mack fed senior Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) for the game-winning goal. Two days later against Central Michigan, Mack scored the third goal of the game.

On the Way to the Top-10 -- Senior Meredith Way scored her 34th career goal in the 4-3 overtime win over James Madison on Friday (Sept. 10). Way now is just one goal away from cracking Michigan's top-10 list in goals scored. Marty Maugh (1980-83) and Adrienne Hortillosa (2001-04) both had 35 goals in their Wolverine career.

Jones' First Career Start Ends in a Shutout -- Redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) made her first career start in a Wolverine uniform this past Sunday (Sept. 12) and picked up a shutout in the 4-0 win over Central Michigan. Jones made two stops on CMU penalty corners to preserve the shutout. She now has a 0.92 goals-against-average and a .750 save percentage in two career games for the Maize and Blue.

Daily Double -- Senior Vanessa Sekhon (West Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood) and freshman Rachael Mack each had two-goal games this past weekend. Mack had a pair of goals in the 4-3 overtime win over No. 14 James Madison, while Sekhon rattled the cage twice in the 4-0 win over Central Michigan. Both players have three goals on the season, while Mack joins seniors Meredith Way and Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) with two-game point streak heading into the Albany game.

Quick Hits -- Michigan now holds a 44-26 penalty-corner advantage on the season ... In the latest Big Ten stats, redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is tied for sixth in assists, while Mack and Sekhon are tied for 10th in goals scored ... Six players have started all six games for the Wolverines this season.

U-M All-Time vs. Albany - 0-1
U-M All-Time vs. the America East Conference - 10-6
U-M All-Time vs. Quinnipiac -0-0
U-M All-Time vs. the Northeast Conference - 0-0
U-M All-Time at Ocker Field - 107-38

Friday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m. -- vs. New Hampshire (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Sunday, Sept. 26, 1 p.m. -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.) (TV: Big Ten Network)

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423