puck drops Saturday, so something good might happen on a Saturday.
After an 0-2 start to the season, since the opening of new Blue Turf at Ocker Field, #18 ranked Michigan Field Hockey has gone 5-0, outscoring opponents 22-3 and averaging 4.4 goals per game.
Michigan began B1G play today, on the road at #6 Penn State. They have not won in Happy Valley since the 2010 season.
After going down 2-0 in the first half, Michigan stepped up big time in the second with two goals in the second half, both by redshirt freshman Carly Bennett.
In OT, 5th year senior Ainsley McCallister put it away 4 minutes in to give Michigan the 3-2 OT upset victory on the road.
Michigan is now 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the B1G, earning the HUGE 3 points. The B1G is a very good conference in Field Hockey, as you can tell from the latest NFHCA Poll-
- #2 Maryland
- #6 Penn State
- #9 Iowa
- #15 Northwestern
- #16 Michigan State
- #17 Indiana
- #18 Michigan
Michigan's next game will be at Kent State on Sunday in Ohio.
Women's Soccer (7-2-0 overall, 3-0-0 B1G) just welcomed Maryland to the conference, beating them 1-0 in College Park due to a Corinne Harris goal in the 83rd minute.
Michigan is now 3-0-0 in the B1G, and is currently the top dog in the conference at 9 points.
Earlier today, Michigan Volleyball (4-4 overall) hosted Youngstown State at Crisler Center, and swept them 3-0. It was closer than the match score indicates, with all 3 games being back and forth. They take on Kansas State later on tonight at Cliff Keen in the 3rd game of the Michigan Invitational. That game will be shown live on BTN Plus.
They'll wrap the Michigan Invitational tomorrow against EMU, at 7:30pm over at Cliff Keen.
Men's Cross Country
First year under new head coach Kevin Sullivan
Ranked #22 in pre-season poll.
Opened with a non-scoring Michigan Open, where they mostly just ran as a group.
Stated as heading to Kentucky Invitational in Lexington this Saturday but for some reason it's not listed on their schedule. Black and Gold Invitational in Iowa City on September 20th would be next.
Love it! Can't wait to be there for the re-opening of Ocker Field on 9/6.
A couple of Michigan ladies have set new UM all-time scoring marks in their respective sports, an achievement that seems worthy of some notation.
In field hockey, senior Rachel Mack out of Bromsgrove, England tallied twice against OSU, including an OT game winner to give Michigan the 2-1 victory over a struggling Buckeye team. Mack has been the featured offensive threat throughout her career at Michigan, and her two markers on Sunday put her at 69 for her career, surpassing April Fronzoni (2000-03).
On the soccer side of the ledger, senior Nkem Ezurike got to celebrate her accomplishment at home, scoring twice against Purdue, including the game winner in a 3-1 Michigan triumph. Ezurike now has 45 goals in her distinguished career in the Maize & Blue, passing Kacy Beitel (1997-00) in the school record books.
Both teams have a few games left in the regular season before heading off to Big Ten & NCAA tournaments. Women's soccer is especially one to keep an eye on, ranked #7 in the country and in the thick of the Big Ten race. Best of luck to these two great Michigan stars as they look to further cement their places in Michigan history and to their respective teams as well!
I figured this would be the easiest way to compile a list of potential inagural class candidates. The 190 comment thread would be a difficult place to keep track, so here we can be a little more organized. Make suggestions and I'll add them to the lists. Since this is just a way to keep track of potential candidates, feel free to throw out some "maybes." Mods, feel free to edit the OP accordingly.
This may also help keep that initial thread focused on the manner in which people are elected, etc. Without further adieu...
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I just wanted to mention that I ran into several members of UM's field hockey team, though I'd be hard pressed to remember just who from the roster pages. I'm bad with names and faces.
The girls were at Sterling State Park in Monroe, MI to take part in a charity walk raising funds for Neurofibromatosis research. My understanding was that only one of them was related to somebody with NF, and a distant relation at that, but five or six of them had chosen to come out and walk to support research. They were very polite and fine representatives of the university. We should all be proud.
On a depressing note, I said to myself, "These girls are in college?! Holy crap, how old am I?" Yeah... I'm old.