Oct. 4, 2011
The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (8-3, 1-1 Big Ten) hits the road to play two games in Evanston, Ill., on the campus of Northwestern University this weekend at Lakeside Field. U-M will jump back into Big Ten play this Friday (Oct. 7) when the Maize and Blue face No. 14 Northwestern (10-4, 1-2 Big Ten) at 3 p.m. CDT. The Wolverines then jump out of conference to face Yale (4-5) in a neutral-site contest Saturday afternoon (Oct. 8) in Evanston. Game time for Saturday's matchup is noon CDT.
Michigan is coming off a 2-0 win over No. 12 Iowa this past Saturday (Oct. 1) in Ann Arbor on Alumnae Weekend. The Wolverines had goals from freshman Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) and sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) and recorded their fourth shutout of the season and third straight against the Hawkeyes.
Northwestern -- Northwestern leads the all-time series with Michigan 28-21, but the Maize and Blue has won the past 19 games against the Wildcats, dating back to 1997. This includes last year's 4-3 overtime win in Ann Arbor on Oct. 15. Rachael Mack capped a hat trick with a goal in the extra session. Paige Laytos added a goal in the win.
Yale -- This is the first meeting between the Wolverines and Bulldogs. Michigan also is 4-2 against teams from the Ivy League, most recently defeating Harvard, 3-1, on Oct. 10, 2009.
U-M All-Time vs. Northwestern -- 21-28
U-M All-Time vs. Yale -- First Meeting
U-M All-Time vs. Ivy League -- 4-2
Best Start Since 2004 -- U-M is off to its best start, 8-3, 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 has won six games in a row at home after its 2-0 win over Iowa this past Saturday (Oct. 1). After losing on Ocker Field in the season opener to No. 2 North Carolina, the Wolverines have prevailed in dominant fashion in the past six home games, outscoring their foes 22-2. U-M also posted a six-game home win streak last season.
Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 23-6 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 8-3 this season.
Defense Stout in Seven-Game Run -- In the past seven games, the Michigan field hockey team has allowed just four goals, which includes four home shutouts and a 2-0 win over Big Ten rival Iowa (Oct. 1). Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) made four stops in the win over the Hawkeyes and leads the Big Ten and is eighth in the country with a 1.02 goals-against-average. Michigan also leads the Big Ten in goals-against-average (1.27) and goals allowed (14).
Bain on Hot Streak -- Bryn Bain has tallied three goals and two assists in current three-game point streak, longest active on the team.
Michigan Ranked 13th in Latest NFHCA Poll -- Michigan is ranked 13th in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Oct. 4. The Wolverines received 399 points and are one of six Big Ten schools (Penn State, Northwestern, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State) to be ranked in the top 20. Old Dominion is the number one team for the third straight week, followed by North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut and Syracuse in the top-five.
Big Ten Stats -- Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) leads the Big Ten and eighth in the nation with a 1.02 goals-against-average ... She also is tied for the lead in save percentage (.759) and tied for second in shutouts (2) ... Sophomore Rachael Mack is tied for fourth in goals (8) and tied for fifth in points (18) ... Sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) are tied for eighth in the Big Ten in assists with four ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for seventh in goals (7) and tied for 10th in points (15) ... As a team, Michigan is tied for the Big Ten lead in shutouts (4), leads the conference in goals-against average (1.27) and is second in shots per game (16.82/g).
Quick Hits -- Freshman Aline Fobe is known for her defense, but she scored the game-winning goal against Iowa, taking a pass from senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) and beating the Hawkeye keeper to the left. It was Fobe's second goal of the season and first game-winning tally ... Sophomore Rachael Mack also scored for the Maize and Blue. Mack now has 24 goals in her Michigan career ... The Michigan field hockey program had more than 70 former players return for Alumnae Weekend, which featured a tailgate on Saturday, and a game and lunch on Sunday. The 2001 national championship team was recognized on the field at the Michigan-Minnesota football game Saturday as it was the 10-year anniversary of the title team.
Sunday, Oct. 16, Noon -- vs. Penn State (Ocker Field)
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423