Nov. 12, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Tuesday (Nov. 12), the University of Michigan women's soccer team was chosen as the recipient of the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award for the month of October. The team will be recognized on the court during the men's basketball game tonight against South Carolina State.
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, is the creator of the Team Chemistry MVP Award. BASF, which has facilities in Wyandotte and Southfield, Mich., will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports at least once a month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.
Yesterday (Monday, Nov. 11), Michigan received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, its third bid in the last four years. The Wolverines are the No. 3 seed in their region, getting into the field of 64 after going 15-3-1 and finishing second in the Big Ten Conference (9-1-1). They were ranked as high as No. 7 this season, a program record for highest national ranking.
Five members of the team received All-Big Ten recognition. The team's four senior captains were all selected to the first team, including Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville) at forward, Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) at midfield and both Holly Hein (Castaic, Calif./West Ranch) and Shelina Zadorsky (London, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) on defense. In addition, Madisson Lewis (Canton, Mich./Plymouth) was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.
The Wolverines open up the NCAA Tournament on Saturday (Nov. 16), facing UW-Milwaukee at U-M Soccer Stadium. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423