U-M looks to get at .500 in the Big Ten.
Oct. 27, 2009
Wednesday, Oct. 28 -- at Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 3 p.m.
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Saturday, Oct. 31 -- vs. No. 18 Indiana (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan field hockey team (7-11, 2-3 Big Ten) will bus up to Mount Pleasant, Mich., for a midweek matchup at Central Michigan (4-12, 2-6 MAC) on Wednesday, Oct. 28. Game time is 3 p.m. U-M holds a record of 28-14-2 over the Chippewas all-time.
U-M then wraps up the regular season with a crucial home game vs. No. 18 Indiana (10-5, 3-2 Big Ten) on Saturday, Oct. 31. Game time is 1 p.m. Michigan could earn a tie for second place in the final Big Ten standings if it beats the Hoosiers and Ohio State loses to Northwestern. The Wolverines are 8-6-0 in the all-time series with Indiana.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
MICHIGAN BY THE NUMBERS
Big Ten Stats | U-M Stats: Through 10/25/09
Having Her Way -- Junior Meredith Way (Newmanstown, Pa./Warwick) has recorded a point in 10 of the last 11 games. She has 13 goals and three assists for 29 points since the run began on Sept. 20. She was held off the scoresheet on Oct. 21 in U-M's 1-0 loss to Kent State but bounced back with a goal against Michigan State on Oct. 25. Overall, she has set career highs for goals (16) and points (35) this year after a 12-5-29 line in 2008. Way's 16 goals are the most by a Wolverine since Jessica Blake notched 19 goals in 2004.
Way's 35 points rank third in the Big Ten behind Northwestern's Chelsea Armstrong (54) and Ohio State's Berta Queralt (42). Her 16 goals are second only to Armstrong (21).
Pickett Returns -- After missing six games due to injury, fifth-year senior goalie Paige Pickett (Dallas, Texas/Episcopal School of Dallas) took her place back in the U-M cage on Oct. 21 vs. Kent State, making four saves in a 1-0 loss and then recorded 10 stops in a 2-1 loss at Michigan State on Oct. 25. Pickett boasts a career-high save percentage of .747 this season despite a 3-9 record. Two of her three wins are by shutout.
Mayer Moves Up -- Junior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) is second on the team in goals (6) and points (14). Prior to last week she had recorded at least one goal in each of the previous three weekends. Mayer's goal at Miami (Oct. 18) was her second game-winning tally of the season, which is a single-season career high. Her six markers this season equal her career-best single-season total set in 2008. Her next point will tie her single-season high, also set in 2008.
'A' is for Adams -- Redshirt sophomore Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) leads the Wolverines with eight assists, six of which have come in the last 10 games. She is tied for fifth in the Big Ten in assists. Adams' eight points and eight assists are each career highs after registering a 2-1-5 line as a freshman in 2008.
Coming Up Just Short -- Nine of Michigan's 11 losses this season have been by one goal, including each of its last seven defeats. The Wolverines were shut out for the first time since Nov. 2, 2008, when Kent State won 1-0 on Oct. 21. U-M then lost 2-1 to No. 8 Michigan State on Oct. 25.
Overtime Blues -- Michigan has come up on the wrong end of sudden-victory overtime three times this season and seven straight times dating back to the start of the 2008 season. Most recently, 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.
Rank and File -- Michigan posted its only win of the season against a ranked opponent by topping No. 17 Northwestern, 3-1, on Oct. 2. U-M is 1-8 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
Oct. 17 -- No. 19 Ohio State- L, 4-3
Oct. 25 -- No. 8 Michigan State- L, 2-1
Four-Game Winning Streak -- 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, No. 17 Northwestern, Saint Louis and Harvard during its only winning streak this season.
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
Central Michigan -- The Chippewas (4-12, 2-6 MAC) have lost three straight and have registered just one win in their last nine games -- a 4-0 triumph at Ball State on Oct. 16. Last weekend, CMU lost at Kent State (5-2) and at Ohio (5-0). Kelly Jordan leads the Chippewas offense with seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. Lauren Leed has chipped in five goals.
Indiana -- The 18th-ranked Hoosiers (10-5, 3-2 Big Ten) have won their last four games. IU's three Big Ten wins have come against Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State, while its losses have been to Michigan State and Ohio State. Morgan Fleetwood is the leading scorer for the Hoosiers with a 10-5-25 scoring line. Three others have 10 points: Alina Valenti (4-2-10), Meg O'Connell 3-4-10) and Katie Griswold (2-6-10).
2009 KOOKABURRA/NFHCA DIVISION I POLL
Michigan is out of the top 20 rankings for the sixth straight week, though the Wolverines received 15 points. The next Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll will be released on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and the poll is available on the NFHCA's site.
Thursday, Nov. 5 -- at Big Ten Tournament, first round (East Lansing, Mich.), TBD
Friday, Nov. 6 -- at Big Ten Tournament, semifinals (East Lansing, Mich.), TBD
Sunday, Nov. 8 -- at Big Ten Tournament, championship (East Lansing, Mich.), TBD