Submitted by bleu on September 10th, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Some quick notes on non-revenue sports to take your mind off football. Seems like Women's Cross Country is really good. The rest [EDIT: of the fall sports] don't seem that Leaders and Best-ish. Maryland's inclusion will make B1G titles significantly harder for a few sports. 

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.

Women's Cross Country
Ranked #1 in pre-season poll.
Opened with non-scoring Michigan Open where they had the first 10 finishers.
Shannon Osika is the Big Ten Athlete of the Week
Next up, Black and Gold Invitational in Iowa City, IA, September 20th.
Women's Field Hockey
2-2 on year.
Opened new Ocker Field with wins over William & Mary and CMU this past weekend.
Play Providence Friday 7:00pm and VCU Sunday 1:00pm at home this weekend.
Not being ranked is disappointing for this sport.
Men's Golf
Won the Wolverine Intercollegiate with freshman Kyle Mueller winning the event. Mueller is the Big Ten Golfer of the Week.
Headed to Fighting Illini Invitational this weekend.
Women's Golf
Open season at Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing this weekend.
Women's Rowing
Start season vs MSU and ND at Belleville Lake Sunday 10:00am.
Men's Soccer
1-2 on the year. Recent loss at Columbia on Saturday.
They take on #12 Maryland at home Friday 5:00pm to open B1G play.
Not being 
Women's Soccer
4-2 on the year. Recently beat Toledo and CMU at home last weekend.
They take on Minnesota at home Friday 8:00pm and #9 Wisconsin Sunday 2:00pm to open B1G play.
Men's Swimming/Diving
Start at Iowa Oct 3.
Women's Swimming/Diving
Start at Iowa Oct 3.
Men's Tennis
First year under new head coach Adam Steinberg.
Start season at Princeton Invitational on September 19-21.
Women's Tennis
Have three players ranked individually.
Start season at ITA All-American in Pacific Palisades, CA at the end of the month.
3-2 overall
Play at Oregon and Oregon State this weekend
Not being ranked is disappointing for this sport.
Walk-on tryouts were Monday. Sorry.
Walk-on tryouts were Tuesday. Sorry.
Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Track & Field, Water Polo, and Wrestling are waiting.



September 11th, 2014 at 12:05 AM ^

Looking forward to the cross country season for both the men and women. The women are ranked #1 and MSU is ranked #2, so the Michigan schools are looking to clean up this season.

For the men, Kevin Sullivan was a big name hire as a former standout runner (14 All-American honors; 4 NCAA titles). However, I thought Gibby was building a great cross country team. They won the regional last season, surprising Wisconsin and Indiana.


September 11th, 2014 at 11:36 AM ^

XC is going to be very interesting this year and I will be watching them very closely. The woman will make a run at the national championship which will be outstanding to see develop during the season. Finn should be top 5 or 10 at NCAAs on the individual side. She is one of the brighest talents in the NCAA right now.

Men's is interesting, because we had so much momentum in XC before firing Gibby because of (apparent) track performance. I'm guessing we take a step back; Sullivan will come in with miler-focused training plus we lost 4 of our top 7 from last season. If they could get Smoragiewicz to focus on running 100% (he is a national caliber triathlete), that would boost prospects considerably.






September 11th, 2014 at 12:22 AM ^

The team is loaded with a ludicrous amount of talent due to the recruiting power of the assistant coaches and a few banner years of just huge named kids in state, Massa, Thomas, Coon and the likes. 

They've put together like, 4 or 5 straight top 5ish recruiting classes, if they ever are going to really put it together and make a run at a conference, and by default a national title, this is it. PSU finally graduates Ruth and Taylor, Minnesota loses Nelson of the Ness's...there's like 5. 

We've got one seroius threat for a national title in Coon, and I maintain that Massa will at least be in the conversation by the end of the year. Maybe you get one or 2 more surprise contenders out of a gaggle of top ranked recruits like Zac Hall, or Ben Whitford. All of them where top ten recruits in their class. Oh Michigan already has the number 1 recruit of the curent senior class commited, in no small part because he's the younger of the two Massa brother's. 

So yeah, we recruit at a ludicrous and nearly undheard of level ,but so far the results have been a little dissapointing. Michgian is still a very good team, they just havent been anywhere near good enough to compete for conference titles in the totally bonkers Big ten. 

Wolverine Devotee

September 11th, 2014 at 12:51 AM ^

Soccer's game with MD will be one of the first live things on the new premium BTN+.

Lacrosse fall ball just started. Rowing schedule was just released as was Baseball. Baseball and Softball are set to begin their fall practice soon as well. Only schedule left to be officially released is MLAX but I posted the schedule on here awhile ago.

Look for WXC to win it all. So much talent and experience back.

Also, another interesting note, every single WSOCC game of their season thus far has been a shutout. Win or loss.

Once Hockey season begins next month, man this is really gonna be cooking. And when November starts with both Basketball teams starting....craziest time of the year. The big 3 all in action at once is pretty consuming.


September 11th, 2014 at 12:33 PM ^

Last Saturday. I discovered that we're not very good at soccer. We lost 3-0 and didn't look able to assert ourselve against a high pressing team. I had never seen them play before and had high hopes. Our recruiting has been great (number 2 class in the country last year) but with the exception of the keeper, Evan Louro, the freshmen who played were pretty undersized. Ahinga Selemani was named Big Ten Preseason Freshman of the Year and started at forward, but he's only 5-8, 170 lbs, and was manhandled. He looked frustrated and out of his element. Billy Stevens was active as a central defender and mostly acquitted himself OK (with the exception of one of the Columbia goals where he looked to get beaten), but he's only 5'9, 165. I admit that I don't know a lot about the college game but we looked pretty poor in just about every area of the game.