mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
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)
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)
The ladies soccer team has pulled it out again, breaking sparty's heart for the 3rd straight year.
Nicky Waldeck buried it for the win with 24 seconds to play at U-M Soccer Stadium.
Michigan moves to 8-3-0 and 4-1-0 and vault to 1st in the B1G at 12 points in the standings.
This is Michigan's second last-second B1G win of the season. Ani Sarkisian scored with :01 to play to beat Minnesota.
The other sports will pick up the slack for these colors. Go Blue!
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.
Michigan women's soccer's season ended tonight in a 2-1 loss at the #1 team in the country, Virginia.
Michigan had an amazing year, only giving up more than one goal in a game once (tonight). The only thing that kept Michigan from winning the B1G Championship was a pesky scoreless tie against wisconsin.
Another NCAA Quarterfinals year will be added to the rim around U-M Soccer Stadium.
Fantastic season ladies!
Michigan was selected to host one of the eight NCAA "regionals" (the NCAA unfortunately calls them "second and third rounds" instead of regionals) in women's soccer this weekend.
Friday, 4pm: #23 Notre Dame (12-7-1) v Western Michigan (12-5-5)
Friday, 7pm: #11 Michigan (16-3-1) v Illinois State (14-6-1)
Sunday, 1pm: Regional final
The winner of the regional meets the winner of the Charlottesville regional (#1 Virginia, #20 Georgetown, #24 Penn State, Wake Forest) in the NCAA Quarterfinals next Friday or Saturday.
The top 8 seeds in the NCAA tournament were Virginia, Marquette, North Carolina, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Nebraska. Fortunately for Michigan, Marquette was the one team that didn't survive its first round game (losing to Western Michigan), so Michigan, the second-best seed in the group, is able to host.
Tickets are available, according to mgoblue.com.