chance of bowl: 13.6%
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)
After starting the season 1-5-2 with their only win over SMU, the Michigan Men's Soccer team has pulled off their biggest upset in at least four years defeating #6 ranked Notre Dame, 3-2 at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Notre Dame won the national championship last season and was ranked #1 in the nation until a recent loss to Boston College.
Michigan senior Colin McAtee had ALL 3 GOALS tonight! The first Michigan hat trick since 2012 in the NCAA Tournament First Round by Fabio Pereira. After Michigan zipped to an early lead with McAtee goals in the 20th and 21st minute, they gave up two second half goals to ND to tie it.
McAtee scored late to give Michigan the upset victory. The Michigan Ultras rushed the field.
Michigan has now won two games in a row. They beat Wisconsin 2-1 on the road in OT for their first road win and first B1G win of the season and just pulled off the upset to get their record to 3-5-2.
Michigan started freshman goalie Evan Louro and he had some HUGE diving saves in this game. Louro is part of the #2 recruiting class in the nation that coach Chaka Daley hauled in this year. This team is gonna be scary.......SOON.
This is only Michigan's second all-time win over Notre Dame in soccer. Michigan is a relatively young program, only in their 15th season. But this program has had some big success going to the College Cup in 2010.
RETURN OF THE MAC!
Final: Michigan 1 #12 Maryland 1 2OT
It's nice to get the point in the B1G standings, but Michigan nearly upset #12 Maryland tonight at U-M Soccer Stadium.
James Murphy had Michigan's goal, but the disappointing part was Michigan giving up a goal in the final minute of regulation. Maryland should thank their lucky stars for escaping with a tie.
Michigan is now 1-0-1 all-time against Maryland, with both contests coming in 2OT.
Michigan moves to 1-2-1 on the season and 0-0-1 in B1G play. Next up, they'll face Bowling Green at home and that will be the first Michigan sport that will be broadcast via the new BTN+.
A hard fought game for Michigan and it's nice to see that they rebounded well against a ranked team after that debacle last week at Columbia.
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.
The U.S. Men's National Team heads to Estadio Azteca on Tuesday, March 26, to face Mexico in the Final Round of 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying in Mexico City. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision. Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.
Click HERE for ussoccer.com's match preview.
U.S. Under-20 Men vs. Mexico Under-20 Men
Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla
March 3, 2013 @ 7 p.m. ET
FOX Soccer, Galavision
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is looking to do something no previous U.S. U-20 MNT has done in the history of the U-20 qualifying tournament – win an outright final. The USA faces Mexico in a highly-anticipated title game at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 3, at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla, Mexico. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Galavision.