Oct. 25, 2011
Friday, Oct. 28 -- vs. Indiana (Ocker Field), 4 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 30 -- vs. No. 9 Stanford (Ocker Field), Noon
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The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (12-4, 4-1 Big Ten) wraps up regular-season play this weekend at Ocker Field.
The Maize and Blue opens the weekend this Friday (Oct. 28) against Indiana (9-6, 2-3 Big Ten) at 4 p.m. If Michigan wins that contest, the Wolverines will be outright Big Ten regular-season champions and the top seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.
Michigan then faces No. 9 Stanford (13-2) this Sunday (Oct. 30) at noon. Before the game, Michigan will recognize seniors Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional), Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional), Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines), Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) and Hannah Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) on Senior Day at Ocker.
Indiana -- Michigan holds a 9-7 series advantage on Indiana heading into this Friday's game. The Maize and Blue defeated the Hoosiers, 5-2, on Oct. 30, 2010, to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. Zara Saydjari had a hat trick in the win, while Alicia Mayer had two goals and two assists. Michigan is 3-2 all-time against Indiana at home.
Stanford -- The Maize and Blue has won all six contests against the Cardinal heading into Sunday's game. The last meeting between the two teams occurred on Sept. 5, 2008, when Michigan defeated Stanford, 5-1, in Ann Arbor. Kelly Fitzpatrick had a pair of goals in that win. Michigan is a perfect 3-0 against the Cardinal at home.
U-M All-Time vs. Indiana -- 9-7
U-M All-Time vs. Big Ten Opponents -- 102-104-8
U-M All-Time vs. Stanford -- 6-0
U-M All-Time vs. NorPac -- 19-2
U-M All-Time at Ocker Field -- 121-41
Best Start Since 2007 -- U-M is off to its best start, 12-4, since 2007 when the Wolverines also started 12-4 on the way to a 16-7 record, including a perfect 6-0 record in Big Ten play and a national quarterfinalist finish.
Love the Home Cookin' -- U-M has won seven games in a row at home after its 2-0 win over Penn State on 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 when U-M also went 7-0 after dropping its first two home matches. The Maize and Blue was perfect in 10 home games in 2002.
Staying Hot as Fall Nears -- After starting 0-4 last year -- including losses three top-six ranked teams -- the Maize and Blue is 27-7 over the past two seasons, closing 15-3 last season and starting 12-4 this season.
Wolverines Clinch Share of Big Ten Title, Go for Outright Title Friday -- Michigan earned a share of the Big Ten title without even playing on Saturday. After Michigan improved its Big Ten record to 4-1 with Friday's 2-0 win over Michigan State, Ohio State defeated Penn State, 2-0, the next day. Michigan is now the only Big Ten team with just one loss heading into the last weekend of the season. The Wolverines have now won eight Big Ten regular-season titles, including a share of the crown last season.
Last Week's Play -- The Wolverines split their two games this past weekend, defeating Michigan State 2-0 and falling in double overtime to No. 2 North Carolina 4-3. Michigan collected its sixth shutout of the season against the Spartans, holding MSU without a shot for the game. Michigan had a 3-2 lead on the Tar Heels late in the contest, but North Carolina scored with less than five minutes to play in regulation and tallied the game-winner on a penalty stroke in double overtime.
Michigan Holds Spartans Shotless in Win -- Michigan's defense was stellar once again as the Maize and Blue held Michigan State without a shot in the 2-0 win last Friday (Oct. 21) in East Lansing. That shutout combined with not allowing a shot in the final 60:36 of the Penn State win and the beginning of the North Carolina game, Michigan had a stretch of 158:24 without allowing an opposing shot. The Michigan State win was the sixth shutout by the Maize and Blue this season, tying Iowa for the Big Ten lead in that category.
Bain Keeps Point Streak Alive -- Senior Bryn Bain carries an eight-game point scoring streak (5g, 6a) into the Indiana game on Friday afternoon. This past weekend, Bain had an assist in the 2-0 win over Michigan State and had a goal and an assist in the 4-3 double-overtime loss to No. 2 North Carolina. Bain started the streak at Ohio State on Sept. 23 and has six goals and nine assists on the year.
Michigan Ranked Seventh in Latest NFHCA Poll -- For the second straight week, Michigan is ranked seventh in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, released Oct. 25. The Wolverines received 543 points and are one of five Big Ten schools (Penn State, Iowa, Ohio State and Northwestern) to be ranked in the top 20. Old Dominion is the number one team for the sixth straight week, followed by North Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut and Syracuse in the top-five.
Big Ten Stats -- Junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) leads the Big Ten in goals-against-average (1.12), while fifth-year senior Christi Barwick is third in the league and 11th in the country (1.38) ... Jones is tied for second in the Big Ten with three shutouts ... Sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is tied for fourth in goals (11) and tied for seventh in points (24) ... Senior Bryn Bain is sixth in assists (9) and 10th in points (21), while sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is tied for 10th with six assists ... Freshman Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for sixth in goals (10) ... As a team, Michigan is second in the conference in goals-against average (1.27) and is tied for the lead in shutouts (6). The Maize and Blue also is third in scoring margin (+1.69).
Quick Hits -- Michigan's three goals against North Carolina tied a season high by a Tar Heel opponent. Old Dominion also scored three times against UNC on Sept. 16 ... Freshman Emy Guttman scored a goal in each game this weekend -- against Michigan State and North Carolina. Guttman now has 10 goals on the season and joins sophomore Rachael Mack as Wolverines with double-digit goals ... Michigan and Stanford will meet for the first time since 2008, but both teams were in Chapel Hill for the 2010 NCAA Tournament first round. Michigan fell to Old Dominion, while Stanford lost to North Carolina in the opening round.
Thu-Sun., Nov. 3-6 -- at Big Ten Tournament (State College, Pa.)
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