Oct. 13, 2009
Having Her Way
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.
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Big Ten Stats | U-M Stats: Through 10/11/09
-- 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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SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
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 www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
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 www.muredhawks.com.
2009 KOOKABURRA/NFHCA DIVISION I POLL
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