Week #9: Michigan Wraps Up Home Slate with No. 6 OSU, UC Davis
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Oct. 19, 2010

#12 Michigan vs. #6 Ohio State, vs. UC Davis
Phyllis Ocker Field • Ann Arbor, Mich.
Friday, Oct. 22: U-M vs. Ohio State, 3 p.m. • Live Stats
Maize Out, Coffee Mug Giveaway • More Promotions

Sunday, Oct. 24: U-M vs. UC Davis, 11 a.m. • Live Stats
Senior Day, Rally Towel Giveaway, Free Pizza • More Promotions
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The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (10-5, 4-0 Big Ten) will conclude its home regular-season schedule this weekend with a pair of games at Ocker Field. The Wolverines have another Big Ten game with major implications as U-M hosts No. 6 Ohio State (11-3, 3-1 Big Ten) on Friday afternoon (Oct. 22) at 3 p.m. The game will be a Maize Out, as fans are asked to wear Maize, and 200 T-shirts will be passed out at the game. Michigan then will have Senior Day on Sunday (Oct. 24) as the Maize and Blue host UC Davis (5-7) at 11 a.m. NOTE: This is a time change from the original schedule. The Wolverine seniors will be honored before the game against the Aggies.

Michigan is alone in first place in the Big Ten standings after its 4-3 overtime win over Northwestern this past Friday (Oct. 15). The Wolverines lead Ohio State and Northwestern by one game in the loss column.

WOLVERINE BITES

Wolverines Stay at No. 12 in NFHCA Poll, Check in at No. 7 in RPI -- Michigan earned 440 votes in the Oct. 19 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, good for a No. 12 ranking. Even though Michigan had more votes in this poll than in last week's ranking, the Wolverines stay steady at the No. 12 spot. The Wolverines are one of four Big Ten teams in the top 12 as Friday's opponent, Ohio State, stays in at No. 6. Michigan State and Penn State are ninth and 11th, respectively.

The latest NCAA field hockey RPI's are out as well, and the Maize and Blue is at No. 7 in the rankings. U-M is one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10 of the RPI. Ohio State is at No. 6, while Penn State is at No. 9. Virginia leads the RPI, followed by fellow Atlantic Coast Conference members Maryland and North Carolina.

U-M in the Big Ten Rankings -- Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is fourth in goals (12) and fifth in points (26) in the latest Big Ten statistics released Oct. 17. Redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is tied for third with 11 assists, while senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) is tied for eighth with seven goals, ninth with 20 points and 10th with six assists. Redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for second with four shutouts, while her 1.49 goals-against average is fourth in the league. Jones also is sixth in the conference with 39 saves.

Mack Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week -- For the fourth time this season, forward Rachael Mack has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced on Monday (Oct. 18).

Mack had three goals, including the game-winning goal in overtime, as the Maize and Blue defeated Northwestern, 4-3, last Friday (Oct. 15) in a battle of conference unbeatens at Ocker Field. Mack scored two first-half goals, both off assists from redshirt senior Paige Laytos, to give U-M a 2-1 lead. Then in overtime, Mack finished a 3-on-1 break to keep the Wolverines with an unblemished conference record.

Tight Race in the Big Ten -- Michigan has just two Big Ten games this season; at home against Ohio State on Friday (Oct. 22) and at Indiana next Saturday (Oct. 30). The Wolverines are a perfect 4-0 in Big Ten play, a game ahead of Ohio State, which is 3-1, and a game and a half ahead of Northwestern, which is 2-1. The Wolverines hold the head-to-head tiebreaker against Northwestern. A win against Ohio State will clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title and will give U-M the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Buckeyes. It also will get the Wolverines a step closer to the top seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, taking place Nov. 4-7 in Evanston, Ill. The top seed in the tournament gets a bye into the semifinals in the seven-team event.

Quick Hits -- Michigan will try to snap a two-game losing streak to Ohio State on Friday, but the Wolverines won the last meeting in Ann Arbor, a 3-2 victory on Oct. 5, 2008. Alicia Mayer scored the game-winning goal with just 3:33 left in regulation to give U-M the one-goal lead ... Paige Layto is 17th in assists per game in the latest NCAA stats out Oct. 18. Haley Jones is 22nd with her 1.49 goals-against average, while Rachael Mack is 27th in goals and 41st in points per game ... UC Davis and Ohio State will play in Ann Arbor this Saturday (Oct. 23) at 1 p.m. to make the weekend a true round robin ... Laytos scored her first goal of the season in the 4-3 win over Northwestern. She now has 12 in her career. She also now has 26 career assists, which tie her for eighth place in career assists with Kristi Gannon (Fisher) (2000-03) ... Michigan now has won 19 straight games against Northwestern following the overtime win.

NUMBERS GAME
U-M All-Time vs. Ohio State - 29-24-2
U-M All-Time vs. the Big Ten - 97-102-8
U-M All-Time vs. UC Davis - First Meeting
U-M All-Time vs. NorPac - 18-2
U-M All-Time at Ocker Field - 113-39

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UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m. -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.)

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423