Nov. 6, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team will begin its quest for the program's second NCAA championship on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 2 p.m. when it travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face Old Dominion University in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship.
The Wolverines (15-6) are making their third straight appearance in the tournament and will engage the Monarchs in the 12th series meeting between the two programs. Old Dominion leads the all-time series against U-M, 7-4, and took the most recent contest, a 1-0 decision in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Top-seeded North Carolina is the host school for the event and will face Stanford in the other first-round matchup at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. All matches will take place at Francis Henry Stadium on the campus of North Carolina.
Saturday's winners will meet in the second round, which is scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 11) at 2 p.m., with the victor advancing to the national semifinals on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Powhatan Sports Complex on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Michigan received an at-large berth to the tournament after winning eight of its last nine games to earn a share of second place in the Big Ten Conference regular-season standings. U-M took runner-up honors at the Big Ten Tournament last weekend (Nov. 1-4) in Iowa City, Iowa. Old Dominion (15-5) also claimed an at-large bid after posting a perfect 7-0 record in Colonial Athletic Association action.
U-M owns a 14-8 record in NCAA Tournament play and has advanced to the semifinals in three of its 10 appearances, playing in the national title game twice. In NCAA Tournament play, the Monarchs are 49-20 and, like Michigan, will be making their third consecutive appearance in the annual tournament. The two programs will meet for the third time in postseason competition.
The Big Ten is represented by three schools. In addition to Michigan, Penn State will host Albany in a first-round match in State College, Pa., while Iowa will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to face Virginia.
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