Game Notes #7: U-M Travels to Cambridge to play Harvard, UNH
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THIS WEEK
Saturday, Oct. 10 -- at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass.), Noon
Live StatsHarvard Website
Sunday, Oct. 11 -- vs. New Hampshire (Cambridge, Mass.), 1 p.m.
Live StatsNew Hampshire Website

The University of Michigan field hockey team (5-7, 2-1 Big Ten) puts its three-game winning streak on the line as it travels to Cambridge, Mass., this weekend (Oct. 10-11) to face Harvard and New Hampshire. U-M takes on the Crimson (4-4, 1-2 Ivy League) at Jordan Field on Saturday (Oct. 10) at noon. The Wolverines hold a 2-0-0 series lead with wins in 2001 and 2004.

The Wolverines play UNH (5-5, 0-1 America East) at 1 p.m., in a neutral-site match on Sunday (Oct. 11) at 1 p.m. Michigan is 3-1-0 all-time versus the Wildcats with the last meeting occurring in 2004.

MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Big Ten Stats| U-M Stats: Through 10/4/09

NameGPGAP
Meredith Way1210020
Bryn Bain115212
Alicia Mayer124210

NameGPW-L-TGAASV%SHO
Paige Pickett103-7-02.16.7312
Christi Barwick32-0-00.77.8181


WOLVERINE BITES
Way Earns Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week -- Junior Meredith Way (Newmanstown, Pa./Lititz) was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Oct. 5, after posting three goals last weekend. Way ignited U-M's 3-1 come-from-behind win over No. 17 Northwestern on Oct. 2. She then posted two goals on Oct. 4 as the Wolverines shut out Saint Louis, 7-0.

Having Her Way -- Meredith Way has tallied a goal in a career-best five straight games. She has seven goals during the run. Two of the tallies have been gamewinners -- vs. Penn State (Sept. 27) and Saint Louis (Oct. 3). Way leads the Wolverines in goals (10) and points (20). She is two goals shy of tying her career high, which she set last season.

Winning Ways -- Michigan's defense has been the key to its season-best, three-game winning streak. U-M has allowed just one goal, to Northwestern on Oct. 2, in the last three contests. U-M has posted two shutouts -- vs. PSU (2-0) on Sept. 27 and vs. SLU (7-0) on Oct. 3. The Wolverines have 12 goals for during the same time frame.

Mayer Tallies Two -- Junior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) recorded the third multi-goal game of her career against the Wildcats on Oct 2. The first of her two markers was her second career game-winning goal. Mayer is third on the U-M roster in goals (4) and points (10) for the season.

Barwick Steps Up -- Against Northwestern, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) earned her first start since Oct. 3, 2008. She made six saves in the triumph over the Wildcats. Barwick had to make just one save versus Saint Louis to notch the second shutout of her career. Her career record now stands at 6-4-0.

Rank and File --
Michigan posted its first win of the season against a ranked opponent by topping No. 17 Northwestern, 3-1, on Oct. 2. U-M is 1-6 against teams in the NFHCA's top 20 this season. The win over NU ended a nine-game losing streak to ranked teams, dating back to Oct. 26, 2008.

Aug. 29 -- No. 4 North Carolina - L, 2-1
Aug. 30 -- No. 2 Wake Forest- L, 2-1
Sept. 6 -- No. 1 Maryland - L, 4-1
Sept. 12 -- No. 5 Connecticut - L, 5-1
Sept. 19 -- No. 7 Syracuse - L, 2-1 OT
Sept. 20 -- No. 16 Louisville - L, 3-2 OT
Oct. 2 -- No. 17 Northwestern - W, 3-1

Career and Season Firsts -- Redshirt sophomore Soula Ellenikiotis (Saratoga, Calif./St. Francis) and freshman Adele Mills (North Vancouver, B.C./Little Flower Academy) each scored their first career goals vs. the Billikens on Oct. 3. Mills also had her first career assist vs. SLU.

Sophomore Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) and senior Jenner Johnson (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) tallied their first points of the 2009 campaign against Saint Louis. Allen scored the fourth goal of her career -- three of which have come vs. SLU. Johnson tallied her first career assist and her first point since a goal on Oct. 10, 2006.

Co-captains -- Senior Jenner Johnson (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) and senior/junior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) make up Michigan's leadership duo. Johnson is U-M's anchor on the back line after starting 19 of 20 games for the Wolverines as a junior. Laytos redshirted the 2008 season due to a knee injury that limited her to just three games. She has started 45 out of a possible 46 games in her career, accumulating eight goals and 10 assists from her midfield position.

Introducing the Newcomers (Coaches Edition) -- The entirely overhauled Wolverine coaching staff has plenty of previous experience in Ann Arbor. Head coach Marcia Pankratz previously led the Maize and Blue for nine seasons from 1996-2004. She is the winningest coach in U-M field hockey history (147-55, .728 winning percentage). Pankratz led Michigan to the 2001 NCAA title and six NCAA Tournament berths in all.

Assistant coach Kristi Gannon Fisher was a two-time All-American as a back for Michigan from 2000-03. She earned All-Big Ten first team accolades all four years. She went on to become a member of the U.S. National Team from 2004-06. Fisher was a volunteer assistant for U-M during the 2006-07.

Assistant coach Ryan Langford is brand new to Ann Arbor. He has 10 years of previous assistant coaching experience at James Madison (2007-08), Temple (2005-07), Appalachian State (2000-05) and Southwest Missouri State (1999-2000). Langford spent seven years on the USA Field Hockey national team (1994-99, 2001-03).

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan field hockey is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_fhock) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Harvard -- The Crimson (4-4, 1-2 Ivy League) put an end to a four-game losing streak by defeating conference-rival Brown (4-3 OT) on Oct. 3. This week, Harvard also faces Massachusetts on Tuesday, Oct. 6. U-M's only common opponent with Harvard is Connecticut, which beat the Crimson, 6-0, on Sept. 23. Chloe Keating is Harvard's top offensive threat with eight goals and five assists for 21 points. Emma Keller has a 4-1-9 scoring line. For information on Harvard, visit www.gocrimson.com.

New Hampshire -- The Wildcats (5-5, 0-1 America East) are in the midst of a three-game losing spell. Prior to the losing streak, UNH had won four straight. Last week, New Hampshire lost at home to Maine (6-3) and then on the road to Northeastern (3-2). Both U-M and UNH have faced Syracuse this season. UNH lost its season opener to the Orange, 5-2. Wildcat Meg Shea leads her squad with 13 goals and three assists for 29 points. Three other UNH players have double-digit points, including Whitney Frates, who has an even six goals and six assists for 18 points. For information on New Hampshire, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

2009 KOOKABURRA/NFHCA DIVISION I POLL
Michigan is out of the top 20 rankings for the fourth straight week. The Wolverines are sixth among teams "also receiving votes", trailing Providence Indiana, American, Miami and Maine. The next Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and the poll is available on the NFHCA's site.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 17 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 18 -- at Miami (Oxford, Ohio), 1 p.m.

   

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