Oct. 26, 2010
#12 Michigan at Indiana
IU Field Hockey Field Bloomington, Ind.
Saturday, Oct. 30: U-M at Indiana, 1 p.m. Live Stats
The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (11-6, 4-1 Big Ten) will close out the regular season by visiting Bloomington, Ind., to face Indiana (9-7, 1-4 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 30) at 1 p.m. at IU Field Hockey Field. Michigan can clinch a share of the Big Ten title with a win over the Hoosiers and can gain an outright title with a win and losses from Ohio State and Northwestern.
The Wolverines lost for the first time in Big Ten play last Friday (Oct. 22) in a 2-1 defeat against Ohio State at Ocker Field. Michigan then celebrated Senior Day on Sunday morning (Oct. 24) in a 2-0 win over UC Davis. Redshirt junior Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and junior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) scored second-half goals for U-M.
Wolverines Stay at No. 12 in NFHCA Poll -- Michigan earned 466 votes in the Oct. 26 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, good for a No. 12 ranking. This is the third straight week the Wolverines have been at No. 12. Michigan is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 12, as Ohio State is at No. 5, Penn State at No. 9, and Michigan State at No. 11. Maryland, an opponent Michigan faced earlier this year, moves into the top spot after defeating then-No. 1 North Carolina, 3-2, this past Sunday (Oct. 24).
U-M in the Big Ten Rankings -- Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is fourth in goals (12) and tied for sixth in points (26) in the latest Big Ten statistics, released Oct. 25. Redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is tied for third with 11 assists, while senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) is tied for 10th with seven goals and 10th with 20 points. Redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is tied for third with four shutouts, while her 1.47 goals-against average is fourth in the league. Jones also is sixth in the conference with 42 saves.
U-M Going for Big Ten Title on Saturday -- Michigan can clinch at least a share of the Big Ten title with a win on Saturday at Indiana. Michigan has won at least a share of the Big Ten six times, the most recent being an outright title in 2007. The Wolverines have shared a Big Ten crown on three occasions (1997, 2003 and 2004). U-M can win the title outright, but it will need a win, an Ohio State loss at Iowa on Saturday and a Northwestern loss to either Penn State on Friday or Michigan State on Sunday. The Wolverines also are playing for seeding in the upcoming Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, taking place Nov. 4-7 in Evanston, Ill. Michigan wins the head-to-head tiebreaker with Northwestern and loses it to Ohio State. If Michigan, Ohio State and Northwestern all tie with one loss, the tiebreaker would be goal differential against the fourth-place team since all three games involving the top three teams were one-goal games.
Road Warriors -- Michigan also is looking to go a perfect 3-0 against Big Ten teams on the road on Saturday (Oct. 30) against Indiana. After going 0-3 in true road games to start the season, Michigan defeated Penn State on Sept. 26 and Iowa on Oct. 10 by matching 2-0 scores away from Ann Arbor. Michigan is one of two teams to win in State College, Pa., this season -- No. 3 Virginia being the other -- in the 2-0 win. Senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) and redshirt junior Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) had the goals and redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) had seven saves in that win. Senior Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) scored on two direct penalty corners in the 2-0 win over Iowa.
Quick Hits -- Michigan honored seven seniors before last Sunday's (Oct. 24) 2-0 win against UC Davis. Those seniors -- Meredith Way, Paige Laytos, Zara Saydjari, Vanessa Sekhon, Alicia Mayer, Eileen Brandes and Katie Adams -- have combined for 25 goals and 34 assists this season ... Way's penalty-stroke goal in the 2-1 loss to Ohio State puts her in sole possession of eighth place on U-M all-time goals scored list. She now has 38 goals and is one goal away from tying Kay McCarthy (1980-83) for seventh on the list ... Way scored Michigan's first penalty-stroke goal of 2010 in the Ohio State game. She now has five in her career.
U-M All-Time vs. Indiana -- 8-7
U-M All-Time vs. the Big Ten -- 97-103-8
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