Nov. 17, 2011
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team had four players selected to the 2011 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-West Region team, the organization announced today (Thursday, Nov. 17). Senior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional), sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) and freshman Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) were named to the first team, while sophomore Mallory Albini (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) was a second team selection.
Bain earns her first All-West Region honor after scoring seven goals and nine assists for 23 points during the 2011 season. The All-Big Ten first team performer had an eight-game point-scoring streak from Sept. 23-Oct. 23, which included scoring two goals and an assist in the win over Miami on Sept. 24. Bain had two game-winning goals this season, as she had the game-winning strike in a 4-3 double-overtime win over Northwestern on Oct. 7 as well as the winning goal in the Miami game. Bain was tied for the team lead with nine assists and had a pair of helpers in the Yale win on Oct. 8. She had a goal and an assist in the North Carolina game on Oct. 23 and scored a goal in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Iowa on Nov. 4. Bain had 17 goals and 16 assists in her four-year Michigan career.
This is Mack's second straight All-West Region first team honor as she led the Maize and Blue with 17 goals and 37 points in 2011. The sophomore recorded a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in the win over New Hampshire on Nov. 12 in the NCAA Tournament first round game. Mack also had a hat trick in the 5-0 win over Ball State on Sept. 17 and had two-goal games in wins over Temple on Sept. 3 and Penn State on Oct. 16. The All-Big Ten first team honoree scored five game-winning goals this season, including one in a win over Indiana on Oct. 28 that clinched the Big Ten regular-season title. After two years in Ann Arbor, Mack has 33 goals and 73 points in her career.
Fobe, an All-Big Ten first team and a Big Ten All-Tournament performer, scored six goals and added nine assists in the backfield for Michigan this season. She had game-winning goals in conference victories over Iowa on Oct. 1 and Michigan State on Oct. 21. She also had two assists in the 5-4 win over New Hampshire on Nov. 12 in the NCAA Tournament first round game and had a goal against North Carolina on Nov. 13 in the tournament's second round. She helped the Michigan defense to six shutouts this season, including clean slates against Big Ten foes Iowa on Oct. 1, Penn State on Oct. 16 and Michigan State on Oct. 21. Fobe was a two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Oct. 4 and Oct. 25).
Albini, also a Big Ten All-Tournament team honoree, had two goals and four assists in 2011 while splitting time between playing in the midfield and in the back. Albini had the game-winning goal in the 4-1 win over Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal. She also scored in a win over Central Michigan on Sept. 9 and had assists in back-to-back games against Bucknell on Sept. 11 and Ball State on Sept. 17. Albini assisted on Bryn Bain's game-winning goal against Northwestern on Oct. 7 and had a helper in the Indiana win on Oct. 28 that propelled the Maize and Blue to a Big Ten regular-season title.
Bain, Mack and Fobe are now eligible for the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America teams.
Michigan ended the season with a 15-7 overall record and a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, winning the outright regular-season title. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history, defeating No. 9 New Hampshire, 5-4, in round one before falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 5-1, in the quarterfinals.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423