Oct. 3, 2011
The University of Michigan field hockey program held its Alumnae Weekend this past weekend (Sat-Sun., Oct. 1-2) in Ann Arbor, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 national championship team. More than 70 former players came back this weekend and the alumnae lunch, which had former players and family, had more than 170 attendees.
The weekend started Saturday morning with a tailgate at Ocker Field prior to the Michigan-Iowa game. The alumnae watched as Michigan defeated Iowa, 2-0, moving the Wolverines to 8-3 on the year and 1-1 in Big Ten play. They then moved to Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Minnesota football game. The 2001 squad, along with the 2010 Big Ten title team, was honored on the field.
Sunday morning, the alumnae came back to Ocker Field for their annual game. There were so many alumnae in attendance that they were broken into two teams, the Granny Grey's (alumnae from the 70s, 80s and 90s) and the Baby Blues (alumnae from the 2000s). The weekend ended with the alumnae lunch as players from each decade of Michigan field hockey spoke about their experiences with the Maize and Blue and ended with a highlight video reliving all the great moments in program history.
"I was overwhelmed with pride in seeing everyone that came back and the smiles on their faces and just seeing everybody and reminiscing," Michigan head coach Marcia Pankratz said. "The weekend had a special feeling to it the entire time. The camaraderie, lots of great stories, the pride that the women feel to be a part of such a great institution and field hockey program. It just was a really fun and exciting weekend. We had a lot of energy that our current players could feel and it helped them have a great win over Iowa. I think the alumnae of the program felt very embraced coming back to campus, not only by our team and our staff, but by the whole university as well. It just was a tremendous weekend and I have a lot of fond memories about it."
Check out Michigan field hockey's Facebook page for photos from Sunday's lunch.