Game Notes #4: U-M Takes on Two More Ranked Teams

Sept. 15, 2009

Saturday, Sept. 19 -- vs. #7 Syracuse (Louisville, Ky.), 2 p.m.
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Sunday, Sept. 20 -- at #16 Louisville (Louisville, Ky.), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan field hockey team (2-4) gets on the road this week and heads south to Louisville, Ky., where the Wolverines will face No. 7 Syracuse and No. 16 Louisville. U-M kicks off the weekend with a Saturday (Sept. 19) neutral-site match vs. the Orange at 2 p.m. The two teams have met just three times before, with Michigan holding a 2-1 edge. The last matchup was in 2004.

The Wolverines complete the weekend at Trager Stadium against the host Cardinals on Sunday (Sept. 20) at 1 p.m. Michigan leads the all-time series with a 7-1 ledger. The last meeting was in 2007.

U-M Stats: Through 9/13/09

Bryn Bain6408
Meredith Way 6306
Paige Laytos6226
Alicia Mayer6202
Zara Saydjari6113

Paige Pickett62-4-02.41.729

Boom, Boom Bernie -- Sophomore Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) has rattled off a four-game goal streak over the past two weekends to take over the team lead in goals (4) and points (8). U-M's super sub -- she has yet to start a game this season -- tallied the lone Michigan goal vs. Connecticut on Sept. 12 and was one of four scorers in a shutout vs. Ball State on Sept. 13. A season ago, the midfielder/back notched two goals in 20 games.

Repeat Offense -- In addition to Bain's team-best four goals, Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) are Michigan's other multiple goal scorers. Against Ball State on Sept. 13, Way scored her third goal of the year. Laytos deposited her second marker, which proved to be the gamewinner. Laytos also contributed an assist vs. the Cardinals to create a three-way tie for the team lead in the statistic.

Season Firsts -- Senior Alex Zeringue (Fallbrook, Calif./Union) posted her first goal and points of the season vs. Ball State. Zeringue now has two career goals. Assisting on Zeringue's goal was junior/sophomore Soula Ellenikiotis (Saratoga, Calif./St. Francis), who registered the first point of her career.

Rank and File -- After this coming weekend's (Sept. 19-20) matches vs. No. 8 Syracuse and No. 16 Louisville, Michigan will have played six of its first eight games against ranked opponents. U-M is winless in such contests.

Aug. 29 -- No. 4 North Carolina, L (2-1)
Aug. 30 -- No. 2 Wake Forest, L (2-1)
Sept. 6 -- No. 1 Maryland, L (4-1)
Sept. 12 -- No. 5 Connecticut, L (5-1)

Tri-captains -- In April, head coach Marcia Pankratz named a trio of captains in senior Kelly Fitzpatrick (Hummelstown, Pa./Palmyra Area), Jenner Johnson (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) and redshirt junior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick). It marks the sixth time in seven years that the team's leadership is spread amongst three individuals.

Introducing the Newcomers (Coaches Edition) -- The entirely-overhauled Wolverine coaching staff has plenty of previous experience in Ann Arbor. Head coach Marcia Pankratz previously led the Maize and Blue for nine seasons from 1996-2004. She is the winningest coach in U-M field hockey history (147-55, .728 winning percentage). Pankratz led Michigan to the 2001 NCAA title and six NCAA Tournament berths in all.

Assistant coach Kristi Gannon Fisher was a two-time All-American as a back for Michigan from 2000-03. She earned All-Big Ten first team accolades all four years. She went on to become a member of the U.S. National Team from 2004-06. Fisher was a volunteer assistant for U-M during the 2006-07.

Assistant coach Ryan Langford is brand new to Ann Arbor. He has 10 years of previous assistant coaching experience at James Madison (2007-08), Temple (2005-07), Appalachian State (2000-05) and Southwest Missouri State (1999-2000). Langford spent seven years on the USA Field Hockey national team (1994-99, 2001-03).

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Syracuse -- Last week, the Syracuse Orange (5-1) beat No. 9 Old Dominion and No. 7 Michigan State by identical 2-1 scores in overtime. In fact, Syracuse has played to overtime in four straight games, suffering its only loss of the season against Princeton in extra time on Sept. 6. Lindsey Conrad is the team leader in goals (5) and points (10). Three others have eight points: Shelby Schraden (4-0-8), Maggie Befort (3-2-8) and Amy Kee (1-6-8).

Louisville -- The Lousville Cardinals (4-2) shut out both of their opponents last weekend. UL defeated Missouri State, 3-0, on Sept. 12 before blasting St. Louis, 13-0. The Cardinals also blanked Miami on Sept. 5 (4-0). Hayley Turner leads UL with a 5-5-15 scoring line. Nicole Youman has 2-5-9 totals.

Michigan fell out of the national ranking this week. The Wolverines received 59 votes, putting them "25th" based, with Penn State, Iowa, Providence and Boston University earning more votes yet also missing out on the top-20 billing. The next Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll will be released on Tuesday, Sept. 22, and the poll is available on the NFHCA's site.

Friday, Sept. 25 -- vs. Iowa (Phyllis Ocker Field) 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 27 -- vs. Penn State (Phyllis Ocker Field) 1 p.m.