Kim Sheaffer (L) and Rachael Mack
Sept. 27, 2011
Sunday, Oct. 2 -- Alumnae Game (Ocker Field), 10 a.m.
Promotions: 2001 National Championship Anniversary Party
The No. 14 University of Michigan field hockey team (7-3, 0-1 Big Ten) will host Alumnae Weekend at Ocker Field as the Wolverines will face No. 12 Iowa (8-2, 1-1 Big Ten) this Saturday morning (Oct. 1, 10 a.m.). The 2001 Michigan team, on the 10th anniversary of its winning the national championship, will be introduced along with the rest of the alumnae in attendance at halftime of the game. The 2001 team then will be introduced in the first quarter of the Michigan-Minnesota football game at noon. The field hockey alumnae game will take place this Sunday (Oct. 2) at 10 a.m.
Michigan split its weekend in the Buckeye State, falling to Ohio State, 2-1, and defeating Miami 5-1. Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) had three goals and an assist on the weekend, two of which came on penalty strokes.
Iowa -- The Wolverines trail in the all-time series to the Hawkeyes, 39-16, and Iowa has a 15-6 advantage on games in Ann Arbor. Michigan won both games against Iowa last season, defeating the Hawkeyes, 2-0, on Oct. 10 in Iowa City and, 2-0, on Nov. 4 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
U-M All-Time vs. Iowa -- 16-39
U-M All-Time in Big Ten Home Openers -- 16-8-2
U-M All-Time vs. the Big Ten -- 98-104-8
Best Start Since 2004 -- U-M is off to its best start, 7-3, since 2004 when the Wolverines also started 7-3 on the way to a 17-6 record, including a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, and a national semifinalist finish.
Love the Home Cookin' -- U-M will look to continue a current five-game home winning streak. After losing on Ocker Field in the season opener to No. 2 North Carolina, the Wolverines have prevailed in dominant fashion in the past five home games, outscoring their foes 20-2. U-M posted a six-game home win streak last season.
Overtime Dominance -- The Wolverines have won their past six overtime games dating back to the start of last season, including winning 4-3 in all five extra-time contests in 2010.
Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 22-6 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 7-3 this season.
Allen vs. Allen -- It will be a matchup of Allen sisters this weekend as Michigan takes on Iowa. Senior Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) will take on her sister, Corrine, who is a freshman on the Iowa squad. Jess Allen has played in 67 games in her U-M career, starting 49 of them. She has started all 10 games for Michigan in the backfield and has two assists on the year. Corrine Allen has played all 10 games for Iowa and has a goal and an assist for three points.
Michigan Ranked 14th in Latest NFHCA Poll --Michigan is ranked 14th in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Sept. 27. The Wolverines received 300 points and are one of five Big Ten schools (Penn State, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio State) to be ranked in the top 20. Old Dominion is the number one team for the second straight week, followed by North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut and Syracuse in the top-five.
Bain Has Great Weekend in Ohio -- Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) had 11 goals in her career heading into the Ohio State and Miami games this past week. She scored three goals in two games, including scoring twice and adding an assist in the win over Miami. She had the Wolverines' lone goal in the 2-1 loss to Ohio State Sept. 23. Two of Bain's three goals occurred on penalty strokes, the first of her career.
Big Ten Stats -- Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) is second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation with a 1.20 goals-against-average. She also is fourth in the league in save percentage (.720) ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for fourth in goals (7) and is eighth in points (15)... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is tied for fourth in goals (7) and tied for fifth 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 third in goals-against-average (1.40) and tied for third in goals scored (30).
Quick Hits -- Freshman Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) recorded her first career defensive save in the Ohio State game. It was the fourth by a Wolverine this season ... Sophomore/freshman Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) had a goal and an assist in the Miami win. She now has two of each in her Michigan career ... Junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) earned her third win of the season in goal in the Miami victory. Jones now has 14 wins in goal at Michigan.
Friday, Oct. 7, 3 p.m. CDT -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.)
Saturday, Oct. 8, Noon CDT -- vs. Yale (Evanston, Ill.)
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423