Week #9: U-M to Visit Michigan State, No. 2 UNC This Weekend
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Oct. 18, 2011

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THIS WEEK
Friday, Oct. 21 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 4 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 23 -- at No. 2 North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 1 p.m.
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The No. 7 University of Michigan field hockey team (11-3, 3-1 Big Ten), fresh off a 2-0 victory over No. 6 Penn State last Sunday (Oct. 16), looks to extend its five-match win streak when it hits the road for a two-game trip this weekend. The Wolverines make the short drive to East Lansing, Mich., to face Michigan State this Friday (Oct. 21) at 4 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network and shown tape delayed on Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. Michigan then plays No. 2 North Carolina for the second time this season, this time in Chapel Hill, N.C. The game is on Sunday (Oct. 24) at 1 p.m.

Michigan held Penn State to just three shots in the 2-0 win over the Nittany Lions. The win moved the Wolverines to a tie for first place in Big Ten play with two conference games remaining. Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored two second-half goals in the Penn State win.

WOLVERINE BITES
Opponent History
Michigan State -- The Maize and Blue holds a 35-23-6 series advantage on Michigan State heading into Friday's contest. Michigan won the last matchup, 2-1, on Oct. 1, 2010, in Ann Arbor. Zara Saydjari scored both goals for the Wolverines, while Haley Jones stopped six shots in the win. Michigan owns a 16-11-2 series advantage on Michigan State in games in East Lansing.

North Carolina -- North Carolina leads the all-time series with Michigan, 14-3. That includes a 5-0 win by the Tar Heels on Aug. 27 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Ann Arbor. North Carolina also is 4-1 against the Maize and Blue in Chapel Hill and holds an eight-game winning streak on the Wolverines.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M All-Time vs. Michigan State -- 35-23-6
U-M All-Time vs. Big Ten Opponents -- 101-104-8
U-M All-Time vs. North Carolina -- 3-14
U-M All-Time vs. ACC -- 13-42

Best Start Since 2004 -- U-M is off to its best start, 11-3, since 2004 when the Wolverines also started 11-3 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 seven games in a row at home after its 2-0 win over Penn State this past Sunday (Oct. 16). After losing on Ocker Field in the season opener to No. 2 North Carolina, the Wolverines have prevailed in dominant fashion in the past seven home games, outscoring their foes 24-2. The seven-game home winning streak is the longest for the Wolverines since the 2003 season.

Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 26-6 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 11-3 this season.

Michigan Moves Up Big Ten Standings -- Michigan moved to 3-1 in Big Ten play after its 2-0 win over No. 6 Penn State. Michigan is now tied with the Nittany Lions with matching 3-1 records. Both teams are a half-game ahead of Iowa (3-2) and one full game in front of Ohio State (2-2). Michigan has two conference games remaining, this Friday at Michigan State and Friday, Oct. 28, at home against Indiana.

Tape Delay on BTN, Live on BTN2GO -- Michigan's contest at Michigan State will be shown on tape delay on the Big Ten Network this Sunday (Oct. 23) at 4 p.m. Fans can still watch the game live on Friday at 4 p.m., through BTN2GO. The service is available via the internet, smartphone and tablet and is free to subscribers of DIRECTV, Dish Network, Charter and Time Warner Cable. For more information on accessing BTN2GO, click on the following link.
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Defense Stellar in Penn State Win -- Michigan's defense allowed just three shots, including none in the last 60:36, in its 2-0 win over Penn State this past Sunday (Oct. 16). Penn State averaged 4.14 goals per game heading into the matchup with the Wolverines but only had one shot on goal against the Maize and Blue. It also was Michigan's fifth shutout of the season and second in Big Ten play.

Point Streak Continues for Bain -- Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) had an assist in the 2-0 win over Penn State this past Sunday (Oct. 16). Bain now has scored a point in the last six contests, dating back to the Ohio State game on Sept. 23. Bain leads the team with seven assists and has added five goals for 17 points, which is good for third on the squad.

Mack Attack Strikes Again -- Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored both Michigan goals in the Wolverines' 2-0 win over Penn State this past Sunday (Oct. 16). Mack now has five career goals against the Nittany Lions as she had a hat trick in the 4-3 overtime win over Penn State in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament semifinal. Mack leads the team with 11 goals and 24 points.

Michigan Ranked Seventh in Latest NFHCA Poll -- Michigan is ranked seventh in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Oct. 18. It is the highest the Wolverines have been in the national poll since the final poll of the 2007 season, when Michigan was sixth. The Maize and Blue moved up three spots from last week's rankings. The Wolverines received 628 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 fifth straight week, followed by North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut and Duke 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 third in save percentage (.735) and tied for second in shutouts (2) with junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, MIch./Pioneer) ... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is fourth in goals (11) and fifth in points (24) ... Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) is seventh in assists (7), while sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is tied for eighth with six assists ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for ninth in goals (8) ... As a team, Michigan leads the conference in goals-against average (1.19) and is tied for the lead in shutouts (5). The Maize and Blue also is third in scoring margin (+1.89).

Quick Hits -- Michigan will face a non-conference opponent twice in the same season (North Carolina) for the first time since the Maize and Blue faced Wake Forest twice in the 2007 season, including once in the 2007 NCAA Tournament quarterfinal matchup ... Junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) earned her 16th career win in goal and second against Penn State. She stopped seven shots in last year's 2-0 win over the Nittany Lions in State College ... Michigan held a "Stick It to Cancer" fundraiser for the National Foundation for Cancer Research at today's game. The team sold T-shirts and the Maize and Blue wore the pink T-Shirts during warm-ups. Michigan also auctioned off an autographed stick by the team.

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. -- vs. Indiana (Ocker Field)
Sunday, Oct. 30, Noon -- vs. Stanford - Senior Day (Ocker Field)

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