Nov. 8, 2016
» The Wolverines will make their 13th NCAA Tournament appearances in program history and second in as many seasons; U-M is 9-3 all-time in NCAA first-round games.
» Carly Bennett, Emma Way and Courtney Enge lead the Wolverines with six goals apiece -- career bests for all three Wolverines; Bennett leads U-M in points with 17.
» Goalkeeper Sam Swenson ranks seventh nationally with .763 save percentage and eighth with a 1.28 goals-against average; she has posted a 1.07 goals-against average and .837 save percentage over the last six games since returning from injury.
The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (12-7) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, traveling to State College, Pennsylvania, and the campus of Penn State for the NCAA first and second rounds. The Wolverines will open play against No. 7 Virginia (15-7) in the first round this Saturday (Nov. 12) at 2 p.m.
No. 5-ranked and fourth-seeded Penn State (17-2) will face No. 14 Princeton (10-7) in the other first-round matchup at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Saturday's winners will meet in the second round, which is scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 13) at 2 p.m.
2016 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST/SECOND ROUNDS
Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 12-13
Penn State Field Hockey Complex (State College, Pa.)
Saturday, Nov. 12
Game 1 -- No. 4 Penn State vs. Princeton, 11:30 a.m.
Game 2 -- Virginia vs. Michigan, 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Game 3 -- Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 2 p.m.
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES
The Wolverines are making their 13th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and second in as many seasons. U-M owns a 15-11 record in NCAA Tournament play and has advanced to the semifinals in three of its 11 appearances, twice playing in the national title game. In 2001, the Wolverines captured the first NCAA championship for a Michigan women's team in U-M athletics history.
Michigan is 9-3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and is 12-9 during the first weekend of NCAA Tournament play. U-M has won six out of its last eight NCAA first-round matches.
Twenty-one of Michigan's 26 NCAA Tournament games have been decided by one goal with U-M sporting a 13-8 record in those contests. Nine of the Wolverines' five first-round games have been decided by a single marker, while all but one of U-M's eight quarterfinal matchups have been determined by a single goal.
With 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, Michigan ranks fourth among Big Ten Conference schools in the category. All of U-M's appearances have come over the last 18 years -- since 1999. Only Maryland (18) and Penn State (14) boast more over the same stretch.
Michigan head to State College, Pennsylvania, for the first time in three seasons -- and for the second time in NCAA Tournament play; U-M dropped its first-round matchup to Princeton at PSU in 2002. It is also the first time in since 2007 that the Wolverines will start NCAA play outside of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where they have opened each of their last four NCAA Tournament appearances.
Michigan vs. the NCAA Regional Field
Virginia: Michigan and Virginia have previously met five times, with the Cavaliers carrying a 3-2 series advantage, but have not faced each other since 2002. The Wolverines have each won the last two meetings, in 2001 and 2002. Virginia defeated North Carolina, 4-2, to capture the ACC Tournament championship last Sunday.
Penn State: Michigan is 19-26 all-time against Penn State and has dropped two contests to the Nittany Lions this year -- a 3-1 defeat at Ocker Field (Sept. 25) and a 1-0 decision in the Big Ten semifinal (Nov. 4) on a Moira Putsch goal with only 3:34 left in regulation. Penn State went on to win the Big Ten Tournament championship with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Maryland. Michigan and Penn State have never before met in the NCAA Tournament.
Princeton: Michigan and Princeton have met just twice before -- but not since 2002 -- and split their two previous meetings -- both of which occurred in NCAA Tournament play. In 2001, Michigan defeated Princeton 4-2 in the NCAA semifinals en route to the Wolverines' national championship. The following season, Princeton knocked Michigan out in the first round of the tournament with a 4-3 win.
After a suffering a stretch of five losses in six games -- four to top-10 opposition -- midway through the season, the Wolverines knocked off three nationally ranked opponents to close the regular season and have claimed four of their last five to qualify for an NCAA at-large bid. U-M ranked No. 19 in the RPI after its loss to Indiana (Oct. 14) but climbed up to No. 11 in the final RPI before NCAA selections.
U-M is 5-6 against ranked opposition this season with wins against North Carolina, Stanford, Iowa, Northwestern and Louisville. Michigan has faced a ranked opponent in eight of its last 11 games -- and top-10 opponents in seven of its last 11.
Sophomore Leah Cardarelli netted the double-overtime game-winner at the 89:57 mark against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament first round, becoming the 13th different Wolverine player to have scored a goal this season. Cardarelli also scored the game-tying against PSU, with less than a minute remaining in regulation, in last season's Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
Senior/junior Carly Bennett had a hand in three of U-M's four goals against No. 7 Louisville in the regular-season finale (Oct. 29) to surge into Michigan's team lead for points (17) this season. She owns a career-best six goals and five assists -- one helper shy of her career high in that category as well.
Sophomore Emma Way and senior Courtney Enge also own career highs with six goals apiece to share the Wolverine lead this season. Way earned her first multi-goal game with two in the regular-season finale against Louisville. Way owns two game-winning goals this season, while Enge boasts three.
Freshman Meg Dowthwaite tallied overtime game-winning goals in back-to-back games against No. 16 Iowa (Oct. 16) and Northwestern (Oct. 10), earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after each for her efforts. She scored on a reverse chip at the 82:29 mark against Iowa before knocking in a penalty-corner redirection at 76:48 at Northwestern less than a week later. She also assisted on Michigan's game-tying marker at the end of the first half against the Wildcats.
The Wolverines are 3-1 in overtime games this season after defeating No. 16 Iowa, 2-1, and No. 10 Northwestern, 3-2, over the last three weeks of the regular season and adding a 2-1 double-overtime decision against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament opener. U-M previously fell to then-No. 8 Maryland, 3-2, after sacrificing a late lead in regulation.
Junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson leads the Big Ten and is eighth in the nation with a 1.28 goals-against average. She has posted complete-game shutouts against No. 1 UNC, Villanova and Ohio State and contributed to shutout efforts against California and Central Michigan. She also lists seventh nationally with a .763 save percentage.
Swenson has been stout since missing two games with injury, posting a 1.07 goals-against average and .837 save percentage over the last six games. She allowed just seven total goals over the stretch, which featured four nationally ranked opponents and three overtime games.
Swenson tallied a season-high 10 saves in the Wolverines' win against Iowa, including a stop off a Hawkeye penalty stroke with less than 12 minutes remaining in regulation. Swenson's career high in saves is 14, which she posted last season at Northwestern.
After entering the 2016 season with just one career assist, senior Sina Lampe already boasts a team-best six -- bulk of which came in a one-goal, four-assist effort against Central Michigan. It was the most assists recorded in a single game since Ainsley McCallister similarly posted four against Central Michigan in 2014.
Head coach Marcia Pankratz earned her 250th career win with the Wolverines' 3-1 decision at Rutgers on Oct. 7. With a 254-116 record over 17 years at Michigan (1996-2004, '09-16), she ranks 12th among all-time NCAA Division I coaches with a .687 win percentage -- seventh among active coaches -- and ranks 21st in total wins.
Michigan closed out the home portion of its 2016 schedule with a 5-2 record at Ocker Field, outscoring its opposition, 21-6. The Wolverines boast a stellar 159-51 record at its home facility since its 1995 inauguration. Michigan also posted an average attendance of 452 over its seven home games, ranking sixth nationally despite multiple conflicts with U-M football games.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines posted a 1-1 record at the Big Ten Tournament, using double overtime to defeat in-state rival Michigan State, 2-1, before falling to eventual champion Penn State, 1-0, on a late goal in the semifinals. Graduate student Esther de Leijer and sophomore Leah Cardarelli tallied U-M's goals against MSU, with de Leijer netting the tying goal with just 2:44 remaining in regulation and Cardarelli scoring the game-winner at the 89:57 mark. Junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson was stout in net, posting 11 saves over the weekend. De Leijer and junior Katie Trombetta were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team. [ Recaps: Michigan State | Penn State ]
Fri-Sun., Nov. 18-20 -- NCAA Championships (Norfolk, Va.)