Game Notes #8: U-M Heads to Ohio to visit Buckeyes, RedHawks

Oct. 13, 2009

Saturday, Oct. 17 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 18 -- at Miami (Oxford, Ohio), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan field hockey team (6-8, 2-1 Big Ten) will spend the upcoming weekend (Oct. 17-18) in Ohio for a pair of games. First up is a Big Ten Conference bout with the No. 19-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Columbus, Ohio. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at North Turf Field. Michigan and Ohio State are currently tied for second place in the Big Ten standings with identical 2-1 records. Michigan State is first in the conference with a 2-0 mark. U-M leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes at 29-22-2. U-M won the regular-season meeting with OSU in 2008 but lost to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Wolverines head a bit further south to Oxford, Ohio, on Sunday, Oct. 18, to face the Miami RedHawks (8-7, 5-2 MAC) at 1 p.m. Michigan is 12-2-0 against Miami after an overtime loss to the RedHawks late last season.

Big Ten Stats | U-M Stats: Through 10/11/09

Meredith Way1412125
Bryn Bain115212
Alicia Mayer145212

Paige Pickett103-7-02.16.7312
Christi Barwick53-1-01.22.8061

Having Her Way -- Junior Meredith Way (Newmanstown, Pa./Warwick) has an active seven-game point streak with nine goals and one assist during her run. Against Harvard on Oct. 10, she tallied two goals for her third multi-goal game of the season and the sixth of her career. Her team-best 12 goals this season tie her career-best goal total as a sophomore in 2008. Way's career-best six-game goal streak came to an end against New Hampshire on Oct. 11. However, she did tally r first assist of the season against UNH.

Winning Streak Halted -- Michigan's four-game winning streak from Sept. 27-Oct. 10 was its best since an 11-game spree during the middle of the 2007 season. U-M defeated Penn State, then-No. 17 Northwestern, Saint Louis and Harvard during its recent winning streak.

Mayer Moves Up -- Junior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) is tied for second on the team in goals (5) and points (12) after posting three goals in the last four games. She scored twice against Northwestern on Oct. 2 and added a goal at Harvard on Oct. 10.

Barwick Steps Up -- Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) has started each of U-M's last four games, backstopping the Wolverines to a 3-1 record during that time. She has a 1.16 goals-against average and .821 save percentage in those starts. Barwick made a career-high 13 saves in U-M's 3-2 double-overtime loss to New Hampshire on Oct. 11.

'A' is for Adams -- Redshirt sophomore Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) has an assist in four of the last six games. Her assist vs. Harvard on Oct. 10 was her sixth point of the season, establishing a career high. She had a 2-1-5 line as a freshman in 2008.

Overtime Blues -- Michigan has come up on the wrong end of sudden-victory overtime seven straight times dating back to the start of the 2008 season. The Wolverines clawed back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits vs. New Hampshire on Oct. 11 only to lose, 3-2, in double overtime. In 2007, the Wolverines had a near flawless record in extra time at 7-1.

Narrow Defeat -- Six of Michigan's eight losses this season have been by one goal. The Wolverines have come up short three times in overtime following the 3-2 double-overtime loss to UNH.

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

Co-captains -- Senior Jenner Johnson (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest) and redshirt 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).

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Ohio State -- The Buckeyes (9-4, 2-1 Big Ten) have won eight of their last nine games. OSU lost to Penn State in overtime on Oct. 2. Last week, the Buckeyes defeated Miami (5-2) on the road before returning home to earn a 2-0 win vs. Iowa. Before taking on the Wolverines this Saturday, Ohio State has a midweek game against No. 14 Louisville. The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents this year 41-17, including a 23-4 ratio in the first half. Berta Queralt leads OSU in points with an even 11-11-33 line. Jena Cacciatore has 10 goals and four assists. For information on Ohio State, visit

Miami -- The RedHawks (8-7, 5-2 MAC) have lost their last three games, falling to Ohio State, Kent State and Ohio. Prior to the three-game skid MU had won nine games in a row. Miami's top scorer is Mary Hull, who has 10 goals and two assists. Maggie Marcum and Kate Snyder have eight goals apiece. For information on Miami, visit

Michigan is out of the top 20 rankings for the fifth straight week. The next Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and the poll is available on the NFHCA's site.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 -- vs. Kent State (Phyllis Ocker Field), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 25 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), Noon