Lost in the football action of today was two BIG wins by the Michigan Field Hockey and Volleyball Teams.
First, in its first game of the NCAA Field Hockey tournament, #10 Michigan beat #7 Wake Forest in Chapel Hill, N.C. Michigan lost to Wake Forest earlier in the year 3-0 in Ann Arbor, so this is a big win. Michigan advances to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 and will face #2 seed North Carolina. Michigan lost to NC 2-1 in Ann Arbor earlier in the year, but that was the same weekend as the Wake Forest game, so the result certainly could flip. The semifinal and NCG are in Ann Arbor this year as well, so that certainly could be cool to see.
The Michigan volleyball team also ended a 4-game losing streak with a sweep at #14 Ohio State. Michigan had lost 6 of 7 coming in, including very close losses to OSU and Penn State at home, so this win can hopefully provide some momentum going into the final weeks and (hopefully) the NCAA tournament.
Lastly, Michigan Women's Basketball team scored a 90-62 win over Binghamton.
#12 Michigan Field Hockey's (13-6) game just concluded on BTN Plus. The 2-seed Wolverines knocked out 7-seed Rutgers, 3-0 in the B1G Tournament First Round.
Not only is this the B1G Tournament, but Michigan is hosting the B1G Tournament at Ocker Field. The game wasn't pretty in the first half. Very sloppy play with Michigan's only scoring chances coming on 4 penalty corners, most of which Michigan botched due to the slippery Blue turf. This caused problems for most teams that played today so far.
In the second half, it was the star 5th year senior Leslie Smith who FINALLY broke the 0-0 tie off of a penalty corner with 22 minutes to play in the game.
Immediately after, goalkeeper Sam Swenson made two huge diving saves to prevent Rutgers from knotting the game at 1-1. Michigan then took the ball down the field into the Rutgers zone and was awarded a rare penalty stroke due to a push after a play by a Scarlet Knight player.
Leslie Smith took the penalty stroke for an easy goal, top shelf, to put Michigan up 2-0 just two minutes after her first goal. As penalty strokes usually do, that killed any energy that Rutgers built up as they gave up a breakaway goal to Courtney Enge to give Michigan a 3-0 lead and the game about 8 minutes later.
Michigan completely turned the game around after halftime. Much like their first meeting with Rutgers, they did not play too well early on. But finally, the Wolverines showed their strength and sent Rutgers home packing, ending RU's season.
Tomorrow, they will face either 3 Northwestern or 6 Iowa at 3:15pm on BTN in the B1G Tournament Semifinals. Northwestern and Iowa will play in a couple of hours in the nightcap.
The other B1G Tournament results today were 1 Maryland easily disposing of last place 8 Ohio State, 5-0 in the first game. In the second game, 4 Penn State barely squeaked by 5 Michigan State, 1-0.
UPDATE: Northwestern just edged Iowa 2-1. 2 Michigan will take on 3 Northwestern, tomorrow at 3:45pm on BTN in the B1G Tournament Semifinals. NU is ranked #10.
Michigan upset them at the site they will play tomorrow--Ocker Field--2-1 a little under a month ago when NU was #9 and undefeated in the B1G.
#25 Michigan Women's Soccer (12-5-3) made another disappointing early exit from the B1G Tournament First Round, losing to 6 seeded Minnesota, 1-0 in 2OT last night in West Lafayette. They were just 90 seconds from taking the game to penalty kicks before giving up a header that could've been easily prevented. The Michigan Women will learn their inevitable NCAA Tournament placement on Monday, 11/10, when the NCAA selection show airs.
Michigan Men's Soccer (6-8-3) was covered earlier today by skurnie. Check his thread out below for the news on their result last night.
And for some minor news...
Michigan Women's Swimming & Diving (4-1, 3-0 B1G) has zoomed up the CSCAA rankings from #17 to #6. Mike Bottom, who is also the head coach for the #1 ranked Men's program, is really turning things around. He's the coach of two top-10 programs.
Schedule for the weekend....
Tomorrow, Friday, 11/7
#12 Field Hockey: vs 3 Northwestern (3:45pm/BTN)
#1 M Swimming & Diving: at #18 Penn State, Virginia (6pm)
#6 W Swimming & Diving: at #14 Penn State, VIrginia (6pm)
Volleyball: vs #4 Wisconsin (7pm)
#1 M Swimming & Diving: at #18 Penn State, Virginia (11am)
#6 W Swimming & Diving: at #14 Penn State, VIrginia (11am)
Volleyball: vs Minnesota (7pm)
M Soccer: at 2 Ohio State (1pm/BTN Plus)
#12 Field Hockey: vs B1G Tournament Championship (1pm/BTN)
An outstanding day for Michigan Athletics!
The headliner is obviously Michigan Men's Soccer (6-7-3, 3-2-2 B1G) going on the road, to East Lansing, a place where Michigan has only won once in its program history that began in 2000. By the way, today was the largest crowd in the history of DeMartin Stadium at 3,003.
Tyler Arnone gave Michigan a 1-0 lead in the first half before #12 MSU pulled ahead at half with a pair of goals to go up 2-1. At 54', William Mellors-Blair connected with highly-touted freshman Ahinga Selemani to knot the game at 2-2.
Four minutes later, Colin McAtee, who has come up BIG in many games this season against good competition gave Michigan a 3-2 lead and that would be the final tally as the Big Bear Trophy returns home.
Michigan is now 6-12-1 against MSU all-time and 4-10-1 against them for the Big Bear Trophy. Big Bear was introduced as the trophy for this series the year Michigan Soccer began in 2000.
Despite MSU having the more established program with a long history, Michigan has taken Big Bear home 2 of the last 3 years.
Michigan will close out the regular season on Wednesday at 7:30pm LIVE on BTN against Ohio State, a team Michigan has beaten each of the last two years.
#14 Michigan Field Hockey (12-6, 6-2 B1G) finished the regular season today with a 2-1 victory over last place Ohio State today at Ocker Field. Michigan's goal scorer's were the usual suspects: Leslie Smith and Ainsley McCallister.
Michigan finished in a 2nd place tie in the B1G standings and will be the 2 seed in the B1G Tournament which will be held this coming week at Ocker Field.
Michigan will take on Rutgers in the B1G Tournament First Round, a team they beat 2-1 in the Ocker Field Dedication Game earlier this season. Michigan will definitely make the NCAA Tournament.
#25 Michigan Women's Soccer (12-4-3, 8-2-3 B1G) tied Purdue in West Lafayette on Saturday night, 1-1 to close out the regular season. Michigan has now tied in 3 of their last 4 games. A disappointing finish to the regular season for a team that at one point controlled their own destiny for the B1G Championship.
As a result, Michigan is given the 3 seed in the B1G Tournament. They will return to West Lafayette on Wednesday night at 7:30pm to take on 6 seed Minnesota, whom they beat 2-1 on a last second goal two months ago.
A disappointing end to the regular season given where they were, but for losing two All-Americans.....amazing season thus far. 12-4-3 is NOT what I thought they'd do after hearing head coach Greg Ryan talking about rebuilding on the season preview show. Michigan will obviously get an NCAA Tournament bid with that record.
#4 Michigan Women's Cross Country finished with 93 points and a disappointing 3rd place spot at the B1G Championships today in Iowa City. The only reason that this happened is due to all-world sophomore Erin Finn being out with a foot injury. No doubt in my mind that Michigan would have won the championship or would've come damn close with her. Hopefully she's back for NCAA Regionals and the Championships.
#12 Michigan Men's Cross Country finished with a respectable 77 points in Men's B1G Championships held after the Women's meet: good for second place under first year head coach Kevin Sullivan. Their early success in the season obviously was no fluke. This is a talented team that will hopefully do well in the big dance later on.
Michigan Volleyball (10-12, 5-7 B1G) had an extremely rough weekend. The unforgiving conference schedule that is the B1G has been brutal and will continue to be. Michigan dropped a 3-1 decision to a mediocre Northwestern team at home. That is a crushing loss. You HAVE to win those kinds of matches against those kinds of teams at home if you want to get into the NCAAs. The next night, it was looking like Michigan would pull off another upset at Keen. They had #10 Illinois on the ropes, with the Wolverines up 2-0 heading into intermission. But the Illini came back and won the final 3 sets to take the match 3-2. Looking ahead at the rankings and who Michigan has yet to play, they need to start winning NOW if they want to go to the NCAA Tournament. They will need to beat some teams they aren't supposed to beat.
Every remaining opponent looks tough, and the one that Michigan should get the win against (Indiana), is a team they lost to earlier on in the B1G season.
Michigan Women's Basketball easily demolished NAIA Davenport in their lone exhibition today, 74-39 at Crisler Center. The Women will open their season the day before the Men, on November 14 against Detroit at 7pm.
This next week is championship week for multiple sports. Incredibly important to do well for all teams. Those in the championship tournaments, and those about to close their regular seasons out:
Wednesday, November 5
3 W Soccer: 6 Minnesota (B1G Tournament 1st Rd.) 7:30pm/BTN Plus
M Soccer: vs Ohio State (7:30pm/BTN)
Thursday, November 6
2 Field Hockey: vs 7 Rutgers (3pm/BTN Plus)
Friday, November 7
2 Field Hockey: B1G Tournament Semifinals (if applies; TBD/BTN)
3 W Soccer: B1G Tournament Semifinals (if applies; 2pm/BTN)
#1 M Swimming: at Penn State, Virginia (6pm)
#17 W Swimming: at Penn State, Virginia (6pm)
Volleyball: vs Wisconsin (7pm/BTN Plus)
Saturday, November 8
#1 M Swimming: at Penn State, Virginia (11am)
#17 W Swimming: at Penn State, Virginia (11am)
M Soccer: Opponent TBD (B1G Tournament First Round)
Volleyball: vs Minnesota (7pm/BTN Plus)
Sunday, November 9
2 Field Hockey: B1G Tournament Championship (if applies; TBD/BTN)
3 W Soccer: B1G Tournament Championship (if applies; 3pm/BTN)
If you've seen these threads, you've been seeing a lot of upsets by Field Hockey.
#14 Michigan Field Hockey (10-5, 5-1 B1G) in arguably their biggest game of the season, has upset ANOTHER top-10 team. The 3rd top-10 B1G team they've beaten this season.
After going down 1-0, Michigan battled back with a penalty corner by star 5th year senior Leslie Smith to make it 1-1 heading into halftime. In the second half with 13 minutes remaining, Lauren Thomas took a penalty corner which was redirected top shelf by Emy Guttman for the game-winning goal in the driving rain.
#9 Northwestern was previously unbeaten in the B1G. Michigan is now in 1st place in the B1G with 15 points.
Michigan has 3 regular season games remaining with 2 B1G games left.
- 10/24 vs Michigan State (3:30pm/BTN)
- 10/26 vs New Hampshire (1pm)
- 11/2 at Ohio State (Noon/MGoBlueTV)
sparty (7-6) recently dropped out of the top-20 and the buckeyes are last place in the B1G without a conference win.
I'm not saying, but I'm just saying. If this Michigan team can team can play like they did tonight in their final two B1G games, they will win (at least a share) the toughest conference in the country. If I had to vote for who the best Michigan team of the fall athletic season was, it's Michigan Field Hockey.
Michigan Volleyball (9-8, 4-3 B1G) pounded Rutgers on the road tonight for their third straight win and their straight sweep. Michigan has not lost a set in their last 3 matches. The scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-21. Abby Cole had another big night with 21 kills and proves to be the key. She was in the 20s in Michigan's win prior to tonight when they upset #8 Nebraska.
Michigan started off slow but are white hot right now. They travel to Maryland tomorrow as part of their travel package.
Here's what else is going on this weekend for Michigan-
Volleyball: at Maryland (7pm)
#10 Ice Hockey: vs #19 New Hampshire (7:35pm/BTN Plus)
#24 Women's Soccer: vs Ohio State (2pm)
A damn near perfect weekend in Michigan Athletics. Across the board.
Recapping the games from this weekend
Michigan Volleyball (8-8, 3-3 B1G) pulled off a stunner today that just finished up. Coming off of a great sweep of Iowa on Friday night at Keen, Michigan welcomed #8 Nebraska today in a special Sunday match trying to piggy back off of those who stayed in town for the Football game.
Michigan has only beaten Nebraska twice in program history, and only once while Nebraska has been a member of the B1G.
Michigan took all three sets by scores of 25-19, 32-30(!) and 25-21. This win could turn the entire season around much like the upset win over ND by Men's Soccer on Tuesday night could do for their team. Michigan bested Nebraska in every stat category but blocks. Abby Cole had 19 kills.
Michigan has not dropped a set in two matches and will now travel to face Rutgers on 10/17 and Maryland on 10/18.
Michigan Men's Soccer (4-5-2, 2-1-2 B1G) is continuing to roll along. Fresh off of their upset win against #6 Notre Dame (as mentioned above), they demolished the worst team in the B1G, Rutgers, 3-0 in Piscataway. William Mellors-Blair scored two goals and assisted on Colin McAtee's goal. McAtee now has 4 goals in the last two games and the Michigan offense is heating up at the right time.
Michigan started the season 1-5-2 which included a blowout loss on the road to Columbia and were shut out four times. Michigan has now won 3 straight games outscoring the opposition 8-3. They will take on their non-conference rival Akron on the road on Tuesday night.
Michigan Women's Soccer (11-3-0, 7-1-0 B1G) followed the Men's lead and won their game 3-0 on Saturday night, as well. The Women demolished the worst team in the B1G, the Indiana Hoosiers, in Bloomington. Madi Lewis, Jessica Heifetz and leading scorer Nicky Waldeck were Michigan's goal scorers.
Michigan controls their destiny for a B1G Championship. They are currently tied with #6 Penn State at 21 points in the B1G standings. The two will meet later this week on 10/16 in Michigan's biggest game of the year. Keep in mind, Michigan lost two All-Americans to graduation and were thought to have a not as good of a season as last year.
#14 Michigan Field Hockey (9-5, 4-1 B1G) lost another Sunday afternoon heartbreaker to a top-15 team. A week ago it was #12 Louisville on the road in 2OT, today it was #7 Stanford. Leslie Smith scored early for the Wolverines but Stanford came back in the second half with a fluky goal that redirected in to tie the game. Michigan threatened late but could not score and the game went to OT where Stanford ended it about 4 minutes in. Michigan plays in the best conference in the nation and just upset #10 Iowa in Iowa City on Friday night so there's nothing to be worried about. Losing that game on Friday would've been 50x worse than the loss today.
I'll take this loss to Stanford every day of the week if it means Michigan can beat Northwestern next week. If Michigan wins that game, they'll be in first place in the B1G with two conference games to play and only one of those remaining games will be against a team with a pulse.
This coming week could be the biggest week in quite awhile for Michigan Athletics that doesn't include Football. Field Hockey and Women's Soccer are playing arguably their biggest games of the regular season, both at home.
Here is the schedule for the upcoming week (rankings used are current which will change on Tuesday)
Men's Soccer: at Akron (7pm)
Women's Soccer: vs #6 Penn State (7pm)
#11 M Cross Country: adidas Invitational in Madison, WI (Noon)
Volleyball: at Rutgers (7pm)
#14 Field Hockey: vs #8 Northwestern (7pm/BTN Plus)
#8 Hockey: vs #19 New Hampshire (7:35pm/CN900)
Volleyball: at Maryland (7pm)
#8 Hockey: vs #19 New Hampshire (7:35pm/TV TBA)
Women's Soccer: vs Ohio State (2pm)
Michigan Field Hockey (9-4, 4-1 B1G) has rebounded off of their 2OT loss at #12 Louisville last Sunday and pulled off ANOTHER road upset of a top-10 B1G team. This time, it's the mighty Iowa Hawkeyes who have always been a thorn in the side of Michigan historically (21-40 series record).
Michigan took a 3-0 lead with about 12 minutes to play with goals by the star Leslie Smith and two from Sammy Gray. Iowa tacked one on with 6 to play but it was not enough.
Michigan now controls their own destiny in the race for a B1G Championship.
B1G standings coming into tonight-
|4.||#4 Penn State||2-1||6|
|#20 Michigan State||2-2||6|
Michigan's only loss in B1G play was a 2-0 defeat to #2 Maryland.
Michigan's remaining schedule (using current rankings)
- 10/12 vs #7 Stanford
- 10/17 vs #8 Northwestern
- 10/24 vs #20 Michigan State
- 10/26 at New Hampshire
- 11/2 at Ohio State
That game on Sunday with #7 Stanford was just picked up by BTN Plus.
In sticking with the Michigan-Iowa theme, Michigan Volleyball (7-8, 2-3 B1G) has rebounded with a nice sweep of Iowa at Cliff Keen tonight. They won the sets by the scores of 25-15, 29-27 and 25-19.
The first coach of the Michigan Volleyball program, Sandy Vong, was in attendance today to see the Wolverines win.
(guy in the hat)
Tonight was Michigan's annual pink match. They outlined the Block M at center court and the outside lines in pink.
Next up, Michigan has the steep task of taking on #8 Nebraska on Sunday at Cliff Keen Arena at 1pm. Oddly, the match won't be televised on BTN.
Tomorrow is another big day for Michigan Athletics.
Here's the slate for this weekend-
Football: vs Penn State (7pm/ESPN2)
Men's Soccer: at Rutgers (7pm/BTN Plus)
Women's Soccer: at Indiana (7pm/BTN Plus)
Volleyball: vs #8 Nebraska
Field Hockey: vs #7 Stanford (1pm/BTN Plus)