Nov. 8, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The eighth-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team will face ninth-ranked New Hampshire in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament this Saturday (Nov. 12) at 2 p.m. in Chapel Hill, N.C., it was announced on tonight's (Tuesday, Nov. 8) NCAA selection show. Michigan and New Hampshire are joined by host and top-seeded North Carolina as well as Ohio in the four-team regional.
The winner of the U-M/UNH match will face the UNC/Ohio winner on Sunday (Nov. 13) at 2 p.m. for a spot in the national semifinal. Tickets for the games are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the Henry Stadium entrance on Saturday and Sunday.
Michigan advances to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history and second straight season. The Wolverines also were in Chapel Hill, N.C., last season, falling to Old Dominion, 1-0, in the first round. Michigan and New Hampshire will meet for the first time in NCAA play and the seventh time overall. UNH and Michigan played in Ann Arbor on Sept. 24, 2010, with U-M coming out on top, 2-1.
New Hampshire (17-4) is coming off a 4-2 win over Boston University this past Sunday (Nov. 6) to win the America East Tournament championship. Hayley Rausch scored twice for the Wildcats in their win over the Terriers. Rausch has 25 goals on the year, while Whitney Frates has 22 markers. In goal, Katherine Nagengast has a 1.77 goals-against average and a .740 save percentage.
North Carolina (20-1) is coming off a 2-1 win over Duke to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title. Katie Ardrey and Elizabeth Stephens scored goals in the victory for the Tar Heels. North Carolina and Michigan have faced each other twice this year. In the season opener on Aug. 27, North Carolina defeated U-M, 5-0, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Then on Oct. 23, North Carolina won a 4-3 double-overtime game against the Wolverines. Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) had 11 saves in that game, while senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) had a goal and an assist.
Ohio (19-4) defeated Lafayette, 2-1, in overtime to win the NCAA play-in game this afternoon. The Bobcats also earned a 2-1 overtime win over Kent State on Saturday (Nov. 5) to win the Mid-American Conference title. Taylor Brown scored the game-winning goal in overtime to defeat Lafayette, while Brooke Edwards had the game-winner against Kent State.
Michigan is one of four Big Ten teams to earn berths in the NCAA Tournament, the most by any conference this year. The Wolverine join Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State in the field. The top four seeds in the tournament are North Carolina, Old Dominion, Syracuse and Connecticut.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423