Week #5: U-M Hosts UNH, Plays at Penn State on the Big Ten Network

Sept. 21, 2010

Michigan vs. New Hampshire, at #14 Penn State
Phyllis Ocker Field • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Friday, Sept. 24: U-M vs. New Hampshire, 3 p.m. • Buy Tickets OnlineLive Stats

Field Hockey Complex • State College, Pa.
Sunday, Sept. 26: U-M at Penn State, 1 p.m. • TV: Big Ten Network (live) • Live Stats
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The University of Michigan field hockey team (4-4, 0-0 Big Ten) wraps up its five-game home stand then opens Big Ten Conference play this weekend as the Wolverines look to build on their current four-game winning streak. The Maize and Blue faces New Hampshire (6-2) this Friday (Sept. 24) at 3 p.m. at Ocker Field in the final game of the season-opening home stand. The Wolverines then visit State College, Pa., to face No. 14 Penn State (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten) in the conference opener for both teams on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Leah Secondo and Karen Weaver on the call.


Mayer, Mack Earn Big Ten Weekly Awards -- Senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) earned the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Rachael Mack(Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) netted her second straight Freshman of the Week honor on Monday (Sept. 20).

Mayer earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor for the first time in her career after having a hand in six of Michigan's 10 goals (4 g, 2 a) in two victories that improved U-M's winning streak to four games.

Mack extended her goal-scoring streak to four games in earning her second Freshman of the Week honor in as many tries. Mack's goal against No. 19 Albany broke a 2-2 tie in the second half. She then scored her fifth marker of the season against Quinnipiac.

U-M in the Big Ten Rankings -- Heading into this weekend's games, Wolverine senior Alicia Mayer is in the top 10 in the Big Ten stats in three separate categories. Mayer is tied for third in the league with 14 points and is tied for eighth in both goals (5) and assists (4). Redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is tied for fourth with six assists, while freshman Rachael Mack is tied for eighth with four goals. Redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for third in the Big Ten with two shutouts in goal.

U-M Lighting Up the Scoreboard -- Michigan scored just two goals in its first four games but has exploded for 18 goals in the last four games, all wins at home. That pace of 4.5 goals a game is more than the pace of the 2000 team, which set the single-season goals record with 86. After being outscored 12-2 in the first two weekends, the Wolverines now are outscoring their opponents 20-18 on the season. The six goals in the Quinnipiac game are the most in a game by the Maize and Blue since it put up seven in a win over Saint Louis Oct. 3, 2009.

On the Way to the Top-10 -- Senior Meredith Way moved into the top 10 on Michigan's career goals scored list in the Quinnipiac win. The first-half goal was the 35th of her career, tying her with Marty Maugh (1980-83) and Adrienne Hortillosa (2001-04) for the 10th spot. Way now is just one goal away from a tie for ninth place with Stephanie Johnson (2000-03).

Laytos Giving a Helping Hand -- Redshirt senior Paige Laytos dished out three assists in the 6-0 win over Quinnipiac. She now has six assists on the year, a single-season career high, and 21 in her career. She is just two assists away from tying Shelley Johnson (1996-97) for 10th place on Michigan's all-time assists list. Her three assists on Sunday also are a career high for a game; she had two assists her freshman season against Ball State.

Quick Hits -- This will be the first of two appearances for the Wolverines on the Big Ten Network. The game Sunday, Oct. 10, at Iowa will be broadcast on BTN at 1 p.m. EDT ... Michigan has had nine different players score goals this season. Last year, the Wolverines had 10 different goal scorers, led by Meredith Way's 19 tallies ... Laytos' 0.75 assists per game rank 16th in the country ... The Michigan freshmen have scored seven goals and added three assists on the season. Newcomers Mallory Albini and Ainsley McCallister scored goals, while Albini and Michelle Roberts added assists in the Quinnipiac win.

U-M All-Time vs. New Hampshire -- 3-2
U-M All-Time vs. the America East Conference -- 11-6
U-M All-Time vs. Penn State -- 12-22
U-M All-Time vs. the Big Ten -- 93-102-8
U-M All-Time in Big Ten Openers -- 15-11-2

Sticking with It: Rachael Mack

Friday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m. -- vs. Michigan State (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Sunday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m. -- vs. Maryland (Phyllis Ocker Field)

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423