Week #5: U-M to Go to Buckeye State to Face Ohio State and Miami

Sept. 20, 2011

Friday, Sept. 23
-- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 3 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network (tape delay, Sept. 25 at Noon) | Live Stats | Live Blog
Saturday, Sept. 24 -- at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), 11 a.m.
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The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (6-2, 0-0 Big Ten) will travel to the Buckeye State to face a pair of opponents this week, which includes the start to the Big Ten Conference season. U-M starts the weekend by facing conference rival Ohio State (4-5, 0-0 Big Ten) this Friday (Sept. 23) at 3 p.m. The game will be shown on the Big Ten Network this Sunday (Sept. 25) at noon. Michigan then travels to Oxford, Ohio, to face Miami University (2-6) this Saturday (Sept. 24) at 11 a.m.

The Wolverines are coming off home wins over Ball State (5-0) and No. 14 Boston University (3-1) this past weekend. Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) had a hat trick in the Ball State win, while freshman Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) scored twice in U-M victory over Boston U.


Opponent History
Ohio State -- The Wolverines lead the all-time series with Ohio State 30-25-2. Michigan snapped a three-game losing streak to the Buckeyes in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament championship game, defeating OSU, 2-1, to earn the Big Ten's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The last time the two teams faced each other in Columbus, Ohio State came away with a 4-3 win on Oct. 17, 2009.

Miami (Ohio) -- Michigan leads the all-time series with Miami, 14-2. The Wolverines came away with a 4-3 overtime win over the RedHawks on Oct. 8, 2010, as Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame.

U-M All-Time vs. Ohio State -- 30-25-2
U-M All-Time vs. Miami -- 14-2
U-M All-Time in Big Ten Openers -- 16-11-2
U-M All-Time vs. the Big Ten -- 98-103-8
U-M All-Time vs. MAC -- 77-26-5

Best Start Since 2002 -- U-M is off to its best start, 6-2, since 2002 when the Wolverines started 7-1 on the way to an 18-4 record and a national quarterfinal finish. Dating back to the 2001 national championship season, Michigan had a span of winning 22 of 24 games from 2001-02.

Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 21-5 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 6-2 this season.

Michigan Ranked 11th in Latest NFHCA Poll -- Michigan is ranked 11th in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Sept. 20. The Wolverines received 451 points and are one of five Big Ten schools (Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern and Indiana) to be ranked in the top 20. Old Dominion is the new number one team, followed by North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut and Syracuse in the top five.

Tourney Title Rematch on Tap -- Michigan's Big Ten opener against Ohio State is a rematch of the 2010 Big Ten Tournament championship game, which U-M came out on top, 2-1. Alicia Mayer and Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored goals for the Wolverines, who outshot Ohio State, 9-4, and had a 5-2 penalty-corner advantage. Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) had a save to pick up the win in goal. These two teams also shared the Big Ten regular-season title with matching 5-1 conference records.

Tape Delay on BTN, Live on BTN2GO -- Michigan's contest at Ohio State will be shown on tape delay on the Big Ten Network this Sunday (Sept. 25) at noon. Fans can still watch the game live on Friday at 3 p.m., through BTN2GO. The service is available via the internet, smartphone and tablet and is free to subscribers of DIRECTV, Dish Network, Charter and Time Warner Cable. For more information on accessing BTN2GO, click on the following link. [ BTN2GO | BTN2GOFAQ ]

Mack Trick -- Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) recorded her third career hat trick in Michigan's 5-0 win over Ball State on Saturday (Sept. 17). Mack had a natural hat trick for the Wolverines, scoring three goals in a 3:22 span. She scored on an assist from senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) at 42:08, tipped in a shot from senior Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) at 43:23 and scored on an assist from sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) at 45:30. Mack's other career hat tricks occurred in the 4-3 overtime win over Northwestern on Oct. 15, 2010, and in another 4-3 overtime win over Penn State in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Nov. 5, 2010.

Big Ten Stats -- Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) is second in the Big Ten and 10th in the nation with a 1.03 goals-against-average. She also is third in the league in save percentage (.750) ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for fourth in goals (7) and is tied for fifth in points (15) ... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is tied for sixth in goals (6) and tied for seventh in points (14) ... Sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is seventh in the Big Ten in assists with four ... As a team, Michigan is second in scoring margin (+1.62), third in goals-against-average (1.37) and tied for third in goals scored (24).

Wouters Enters Scoring Tally with Pair in Boston Win -- Freshman Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) scored a pair of goals in Michigan's 3-1 win over Boston University this past Sunday (Sept. 18). With the game tied at one, Wouters scored the game-winning goal in the 25th minute then added insurance in the 39th minute. She becomes the ninth Wolverine to score a goal this season and the third true freshman, joining Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes).

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 -- Junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) earned U-M third straight shutout in the 5-0 win over Ball State (Sept. 17). The shutout streak was snapped in the Boston University game, but the Wolverines went 252:26 without allowing a goal ... Michigan is seventh in the country in shutouts per game (0.38/game) ... Michigan now has two wins over ranked opponents this year. U-M defeated No. 11 Wake Forest 2-1 in the third game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Aug. 28. Michigan then beat No. 14 Boston University on Sunday (Sept. 18).

Sticking With It Blog

Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m. -- vs. Iowa (Ocker Field)
Sunday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m. -- Alumnae Game (Ocker Field)

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423