Week #11: Michigan to Challenge No. 5 Ohio State for Big Ten Title Sunday

Nov. 5, 2010

#11 Michigan at Big Ten Tournament
Leonard B. Thomas Athletic Complex • Evanston, Ill.
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Thursday, Nov. 4: No. 2 seed U-M 2, No. 7 seed Iowa 0 (First Round)
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Friday, Nov. 5: No. 2 seed U-M 4, No. 3 seed Penn State 3, (OT) (Semifinal)
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Sunday, Nov. 7: No. 2 seed U-M vs. No. 1 seed Ohio State (Semifinal), 2 p.m. CST
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Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 4-7
Thomas Sports Complex (Evanston, Ill.)

Big Ten Tournament Bracket

Thursday, Nov. 4 (First Round)
Game 1 -- #4 Seed Michigan State vs. #5 Seed Northwestern, 10 a.m. CDT
Game 2 -- #2 Seed Michigan vs. #7 Seed Iowa, 12:15 p.m. CDT (Live Blog)
Game 3 -- #3 Seed Penn State vs. #6 Seed Indiana, 2:30 p.m. CDT

Friday, Nov. 5 (Semifinals)
Game 4 -- #1 Seed Ohio State vs. Game 1 Winner, 12 p.m. CDT (Live on Big Ten Network)
Game 5 -- Game 2 Winner vs. Game 3 Winner, 2 p.m. CDT (Live on Big Ten Network)

Sunday, Nov. 7 (Finals)
Game 6 -- Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 2 p.m. CST (Live on Big Ten Network)

The No. 11-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (12-6) starts postseason play this week as the second-seeded Wolverines head to Evanston, Ill., to participate in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament. U-M starts the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday (Nov. 4) against the No.7 seed Iowa (3-13) at 12:15 p.m. CDT. If the Wolverines advance, they will play the winner of No. 3 Penn State and No. 6 Indiana on Friday (Nov. 5) at 2 p.m. CDT. The championship game of the Big Ten Tournament is Sunday (Nov. 7) at 2 p.m. CST. Both semifinals and the championship match will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

The opening-round game against Iowa will be a rematch of last year's opening game when the Hawkeyes defeated Michigan 5-3 despite two goals and an assist from current senior Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick).

Michigan defeated Indiana, 5-2 in the regular-season finale this past Saturday (Oct. 30) to clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with Ohio State, U-M's seventh regular-season crown in school history. Senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) recorded her first career hat trick and classmate Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) added two goals and two assists in the win over the Hoosiers.


Wolverines Move to No. 11 in NFHCA Poll, Stay at No. 9 in RPI -- Michigan earned 477 votes in the Nov. 2 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, good for a No. 11 ranking. Michigan moved up a spot after being No. 12 for three straight weeks. Michigan is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 11 -- Ohio State (No. 5), Penn State (No. 8) and Michigan State (No. 10).
Michigan also is No. 9 in this week's NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan are seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, in the ratings. Maryland holds the top spot followed by North Carolina and Virginia.

U-M in the Big Ten Rankings -- Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) is fourth in goals (12) and tied for eighth in points (26) in the latest Big Ten statistics, released Oct. 31. Redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is tied for fifth with 11 assists, while senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) is ninth with nine goals and is tied for eighth with 26 points and eight assists. Redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is fourth with four shutouts, while her 1.55 goals-against average is fourth in the league. Jones also is sixth in the conference with 44 saves.

U-M Going for the Daily Double -- Michigan is looking to win both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament title for the third time in program history. The Wolverines accomplished that feat in both 2000 and 2004. Michigan has won the Big Ten Tournament title on four occasions, taking the title in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2004 and 2005. U-M is one of three schools in the Big Ten (Penn State and Iowa) that has won a league-best four tournament crowns.

All-Big Ten Teams to be Announced on Thursday -- The All-Big Ten teams as well as the specialty awards will be announced at the annual Big Ten Field Hockey banquet on Thursday night (Nov. 4). At least one Wolverine has been picked for the All-Big Ten first team each year since 1995. Last season, Michigan had one player on the All-Big Ten first team (Meredith Way) and two on the second team (Paige Laytos and Alicia Mayer).

Wolverines Share Big Ten Title -- Michigan picked up its seventh Big Ten regular-season title this past Saturday (Oct. 30) with the 5-2 win over Indiana. The Wolverines shared the title with Ohio State and picked up the No. 2 seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament. Michigan won its first regular-season title since 2007 and won all three Big Ten road contests this season (Penn State, Iowa and Indiana).

Saydjari for Three -- Senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) had her first career hat trick in Michigan's 5-2 win over Indiana last Saturday (Oct. 30). She scored two goals in the first half, both coming off assists from classmate Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) and completed the hat trick early in the second half, giving Michigan a 4-0 lead. Five of her six goals this season have come against Big Ten opponents.

Quick Hits -- Mayer also had a great game against Indiana, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the win over the Hoosiers. Mayer now has nine goals and eight assists on the season and 57 points in her career ... Way is now in 10th place on U-M's all-time points list with 91. She needs one more point to tie Kay McCarthy (1980-83) for ninth place on the all-time list.

U-M All-Time vs. Iowa - 15-39
U-M All-Time vs. the Big Ten - 98-103-8
U-M All-Time in Big Ten Tournament - 14-12
U-M All-Time in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Iowa - 3-3

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Tuesday, Nov. 9
-- NCAA Selection Show, 8 p.m. (Webcast: NCAA.com)

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423