Week #12: Field Hockey Visits Chapel Hill for NCAA Tournament

Nov. 10, 2010

#8 Michigan at NCAA Tournament
Francis E. Henry Stadium • Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Saturday, Nov. 13: U-M vs. Old Dominion, 2 p.m. (First Round) • Live Stats | Live Blog
Sunday, Nov. 14: If win, U-M vs. North Carolina or Stanford, 2 p.m. (Second Round) • Live Stats | Live Blog
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Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 13-14
Francis E. Henry Stadium (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

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Saturday, Nov. 13 (First Round)
Game 1 -- No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 19 Stanford, 11:30 a.m.
Game 2 -- No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 12 Old Dominion, 2 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 14 (Second Round)
Game 3 -- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 2 p.m.

The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (15-6) will make its ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend as the Maize and Blue heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the first and second rounds this Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 13-14). The Wolverines begin the NCAA Tournament Saturday (Nov. 13) at 2 p.m., as U-M takes on No. 12 Old Dominion (12-10). That game follows No. 2 North Carolina against No. 19 Stanford at 11:30 a.m. The two winners will collide on Sunday (Nov. 14) at 2 p.m. for a chance to play in the national semifinals in College Park, Md.

Michigan won its fifth Big Ten Tournament title with a 2-1 win over No. 5 Ohio State this past Sunday (Nov. 7) in Evanston, Ill. Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), the Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player, scored the game-winning goal in victory.


Michigan Returns to the NCAA Tournament -- The Wolverines will make their ninth appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend (Sat-Sun., Nov. 13-14). The Maize and Blue will participate in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, when U-M defeated Ohio 1-0 in overtime before falling to Wake Forest, 3-2, in the quarterfinal. Michigan picked up the first national championship in the history of U-M women's athletics in 2001, defeating North Carolina, Michigan State, Princeton and Maryland on its way to the title. The Maize and Blue advanced to the championship match in 1999, defeating Duke, Wake Forest and Connecticut before falling to Maryland, 2-1. In 2003, the Wolverines defeated North Carolina and Michigan State to advance to the national semifinals before falling to Wake Forest ,1-0.

U-M Tournament History

1999 (at Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Nov. 13 - Michigan 2, Duke 1
Nov. 14 - Michigan 3, Wake Forest 2 (2OT)

(at Boston, Mass.)
Nov. 19 - Michigan 4, Connecticut 3
Nov. 21 - Maryland 2, Michigan 1

2000 (at Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Nov. 11 - Michigan 3, William and Mary 2 (2OT)
Nov. 12 - Wake Forest 3, Michigan 2

2001 (at Ocker Field)
Nov. 10 - Michigan 5, North Carolina 2
Nov. 11 - Michigan 2, Michigan State 1

(at Kent, Ohio)
Nov. 16 - Michigan 4, Princeton 2
Nov. 18 - Michigan 2, Maryland 0

2002 (at State College, Pa.)
Nov. 16 - Princeton 4, Michigan 3

2003 (at East Lansing, Mich.)
Nov. 15 - Michigan 2, North Carolina 1
Nov. 16 - Michigan 2, Michigan State 1

(at Amherst, Mass.)
Nov. 21 - Wake Forest 1, Michigan 0

2004 (at Ocker Field)
Nov. 13 - Michigan 2, Pacific 1 (OT)
Nov. 14 - Michigan State 3, Michigan 2

2005 (at Columbus, Ohio)
Nov. 12 - Michigan 4, Boston U 3 (OT)
Nov. 13 - Old Dominion 3, Michigan 2

2007 (at Ocker Field)
Nov. 10 - Michigan 1, Ohio 0 (OT)
Nov. 11 - Wake Forest 3, Michigan 2

Wolverines at No. 8 in Both NFHCA Coaches' Poll and RPI -- Michigan earned 559 votes in the Nov. 9 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll, good for a No. 8 ranking. Michigan moved up three spots in the latest coaches' poll, which was the second-largest jump by a team this week (Old Dominion moved from No. 16 to No. 12). Michigan is one of four Big Ten teams in the top 11 as Ohio State is at No. 7, Penn State at No. 10 and Michigan State at No. 11.

Michigan also moved up to No. 8 in this week's NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are sixth, 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 (16) and fifth in points (36) in the latest Big Ten statistics released Nov. 8. Mack also moved into a tie for fourth place with four game-winning goals, two of those coming in the NCAA Tournament. Redshirt senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) is tied for fourth with 12 assists, while senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) is tied for sixth with 11 goals, is eighth with 30 points and tied for ninth with eight assists. Redshirt freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is fourth with four shutouts, while her 1.55 goals-against average is third in the league.

U-M Gets the Daily Double -- Michigan won both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles for the third time in program history with its 2-1 win over No. 5 Ohio State in the championship game. The Wolverines accomplished that feat in both 2000 and 2004. Michigan has won the Big Ten Tournament title on five occasions, taking the title in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010. U-M now leads the Big Ten in number of tournament titles won.

Sister Act -- Junior Hannah Dawson (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) and senior Vanessa Sekhon (West Vancover, B.C./Collingwood) both will see familiar faces in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Dawson has two sisters (Meghan and Melanie) that play for North Carolina. Sekhon's sister, Alysha, plays for Stanford. Meghan Dawson has played in all 21 games for UNC and has four goals and an assist. Alysha Sekhon has a goal and two assists in 17 games for the Cardinal.

Mack Attack! -- Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored four goals, including two game-winning tallies, and had two assists in three Big Ten Tournament games on her way to earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player honor. Mack started the week by getting an assist on the second goal in U-M's 2-0 win over Iowa on Thursday (Nov. 4). She then had a hat trick and had the game-winning goal in overtime in the 4-3 win over Penn State on Friday (Nov. 5). She also had an assist in the win over the Nittany Lions. In the championship game against Ohio State, Mack scored in the 42nd minute, breaking a 1-1 tie with the game-winner. Mack now has 16 goals, which is one goal shy of tying U-M's goals scored by a freshman. April Fronzioni (2000-03) scored 17 goals in her rookie campaign.

Pankratz Earns Big Ten Coach of the Year -- Head Coach Marcia Pankratz was named the Big Ten Field Hockey Coach of the Year this past Thursday (Nov. 4) at the Big Ten Tournament banquet. Pankratz earned Big Ten Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time after guiding the Wolverines to a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and a 5-1 conference record this year. She also has earned the award in 1997, 2000 and 2002. The Wolverines already have a plus-eight game turnaround from 2009 in the win column while earning the seventh Big Ten regular-season title and fifth Big Ten Tournament title in school history. Pankratz has won 168 games in her U-M career, which includes a national championship in 2001, a national championship game appearance in 1999 and a national semifinal appearance in 2003.

Four Wolverines Make All-Big Ten Teams -- Seniors Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) were named to the All-Big Ten first team, while freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) and senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) were second team selections. Senior/junior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) took home the team's Sportsmanship Award. Way earned her third All-Big Ten first team selection, while Laytos has made an All-Big Ten team all four years she has played. Mayer picked up her second straight second team selection.

Quick Hits -- Michigan will travel to Chapel Hill for the second time this season. The Wolverines opened the 2010 season in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Aug. 28-29. The Wolverines fell to North Carolina, 3-0, but were tied at the half ... Senior Paige Laytos' (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) assist on the game-winning goal in the 4-3 win over Penn State gave her 27 assists in her career. She now is tied for seventh place on U-M's all-time assists list with Lori Hillman (2002-05) and Sharon Canter (1986-89) and needs one more to move into a fifth place on the list. Laytos also moved into a tie for 10th place in Michigan's games played list. She is tied with Hillman after playing in her 88th game in the championship game against Ohio State ... Mack's three goals in the Penn State game tied her with Kelli Gannon for the most goals by a Wolverine in a Big Ten Tournament game. Gannon had a hat trick against Northwestern on Nov. 5, 1999 ... Michigan also tied a school record with eight goals in a tournament. That has happened three times in school history, most recently in 2005.

U-M All-Time vs. Old Dominion --4-6
U-M All-Time vs. North Carolina
-- 3-13
U-M All-Time vs. Stanford
-- 6-0
U-M All-Time in NCAA Tournament
-- 13-7
U-M All-Time in the NCAA Tournament vs. Old Dominion -- 0-1
U-M All-Time in the NCAA Tournament vs. North Carolina -- 2-0

Big Ten Tournament Highlights -- vs. Penn State
Big Ten Tournament Highlights -- vs. Ohio State

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423