Oct. 11, 2011
The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (10-3, 2-1 Big Ten) returns to Ann Arbor to host No. 6 Penn State (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten) this Sunday (Oct. 16) at noon at Ocker Field. The game coincides with Michigan's Stick It to Cancer fundraiser as the team will collect donations for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. [ Stick It to Cancer Fundraiser ]
Michigan defeated Northwestern (3-2 in double overtime) and Yale (7-1) in Evanston this past weekend and has now won four games in a row, two of which were in Big Ten play. Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) scored the game-winning goal in the win over Northwestern, while freshman Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) and sophomore Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke) had a pair of goals apiece in the Yale win.
Penn State -- Penn State holds a 22-14 series advantage, but the Maize and Blue has won the last three contests, including a 4-3 overtime win over the Nittany Lions in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament semifinals. In that game, Rachael Mack had a hat trick and scored the game-winning goal four minutes into the extra session. Michigan won the last meeting in Ann Arbor, 2-0, on Sept. 27, 2009.
U-M All-Time vs. Penn State -- 14-22
U-M All-Time vs. Big Ten Opponents -- 100-104-8
U-M All-Time at Home -- 120-41
Best Start Since 2004 -- U-M is off to its best start, 10-3, since 2004 when the Wolverines also started 10-3 on the way to a 17-6 record, including a 5-1 mark 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 No. 12 Iowa on 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 25-6 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 10-3 this season.
Michigan, Penn State Carry Win Streaks into Sunday -- Michigan and Penn State are two of the hottest teams heading into Sunday's contest in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines have won four straight contests, including Big Ten wins over Iowa and Northwestern, while Penn State has won eight in a row and plays at Lafayette this Tuesday (Oct. 11) before facing Michigan.
OT OK for Wolverines -- Michigan won its seventh straight overtime game as the Wolverines defeated Northwestern, 4-3, in double-overtime on Oct. 7. Bryn Bain scored on a penalty corner goal with an assist to sophomore Mallory Albini (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual). Michigan also won, 3-2, in overtime at Temple on Sept. 3. Michigan was a perfect 5-0 in overtime games in 2010, winning each contest by a 4-3 score.
Michigan Puts Up Seven Spot in Yale Win -- Michigan scored seven goals in a game for the first time since 2009 in its 7-1 win over Yale this past Sunday (Oct. 8). Axelle Wouters and sophomore Michelle Roberts had a pair of goals apiece and freshman Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) had a goal and an assist in the win over the Bulldogs. The last time a Michigan team scored seven goals in a game was on Oct. 3, 2009, in a 7-0 win over Saint Louis.
Michigan Ranked 10th in Latest NFHCA Poll -- Michigan is ranked 10th in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Oct. 10. The Maize and Blue moved up three spots from last week's rankings. The Wolverines received 410 points and are one of six Big Ten schools (Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State, Indiana and Northwestern) to be ranked in the top 20. Old Dominion is the number one team for the fourth 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 is eighth in the nation with a 1.11 goals-against-average. She also is second in save percentage (.735) and tied for second in shutouts (2) ... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is tied for fourth in goals (9) and tied for fifth in points (20) ... Sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in assists with six. Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for eighth in goals (8). As a team, Michigan is second in goals-against-average (1.28) and shutouts (4) and tied for third in goals scored (42).
Quick Hits -- Michigan has now won 20 straight contests against Northwestern after Friday's win. Michigan also has won 12 straight games in Evanston after its two wins. This includes winning the 2004 and 2010 Big Ten Tournaments on the Northwestern campus ... Bryn Bain has scored a point in five straight games after scoring the game-winner against Northwestern and dishing out two assists against Yale.
Friday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)
Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. -- at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423