Orignally published on 2021-10-13 20:56:06 by mgoblue.com
Wolverines Travel to No. 1 Iowa, Indiana for B1G Field Hockey Weekend
10/13/2021 4:52:00 PM
// Leah Howard
» No. 2 Michigan hits the road for two Big Ten matchups this weekend, facing No. 1 Iowa at 2 p.m. CDT Friday (Oct. 15) and Indiana at noon on Sunday (Oct. 17).
» The Wolverines’ 11-0 start is the best in program history; U-M meets this Friday against Iowa in a matchup of the only remaining undefeated teams.
» Sofia Southam continues to lead the nation with a 1.67 goals-per-game average, while U-M ranks second nationally in scoring average (4.03) and scoring margin (3.22).
The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (11-0, 3-0 Big Ten) travels to Iowa City, Iowa, to face No. 1 ranked Iowa (14-0, 5-0 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. CDT on Friday (Oct. 15) at Grant Field for the Wolverines’ sixth straight game against a ranked opponent — and third in a row against a top-10 opponent. Michigan will wrap up the weekend road trip with a noon slate against Indiana (7-7, 1-4 Big Ten) on Sunday (Oct. 17) at the IU Field Hockey Complex in Bloomington.
• Michigan’s 11-0 start is the best in program history. U-M’s previous best was a 7-0 start in 1987, before tying its eighth game that season. The Wolverines have outscored their opposition 45-8 over the win streak. Michigan and Iowa (14-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams this season.
• Michigan ranks second in the nation in several offensive categories, including scoring average (4.03) and scoring margin (3.22). Sixteen different Wolverines have already scored goals this season — more than 70 percent of field players who have appeared this season.
• Senior goalkeeper Anna Spieker was named NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday (Oct. 13) for the first national weekly honor of her career. Spieker tallied a season-high nine saves against No. 6 Northwestern and three saves against No. 4 Louisville to help U-M complete a home weekend sweep against the top-10 teams. She was also named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week with Rutgers’ Gianna Glatz.
• Senior Sofia Southam leads the nation with a 1.67 goals-per-game average this season and ranks second in points-per-game with an average of 3.56 and total goals — behind North Carolina’s two-time NFHCA National Player of the Year Erin Matson. Southam has tallied 15 goals in nine appearances this season and boasts four multi-goal games and four game-winners. She entered the season with 11 career goals, while her previous season single-season best was five as a freshman.
• Michigan ranks fourth nationally with a 0.81 goals-against average, while Spieker individually lists sixth with a 0.88 GAA. The Wolverines have earned shutouts in four of their 11 games this season. With 20 career complete-game shutouts, Spieker now shares the second spot on Michigan’s career leaders list, tied with Laure Pieri (20, 1976-79). Sam Swenson (2014-17) owns the program record with 23 career shutouts.
• The Wolverines remain No. 2 in the latest NFHCA rankings, after previous holding the top spot for four weeks — and for the first time in program history. U-M owns seven wins over ranked teams: No. 1 North Carolina (3-2, Aug. 27), No. 11 Wake Forest (2-0, Aug. 29), No. 25 Michigan State (6-1, Sept. 24), No. 23 Kent State (2-1, Sept. 26), No. 18 Ohio State (1-0, Oct. 3) No. 6 Northwestern (2-1, Oct. 8), and No. 3 Louisville (2-1, Oct. 10). The Big Ten Conference boasts six teams in the top 10, including the five of the top six. [ NFHCA Coaches Poll ]
Scouting the Opposition
Iowa — The Hawkeyes enter the weekend with a 14-0 record on the season and are 5-0 in Big Ten play after defeating Michigan State (5-0, Oct. 8) and Central Michigan (4-0, Oct. 10) last weekend. Ellie Holley is responsible for eight goals and eight assists assists to lead Iowa in scoring, while goalkeeper Grace McGuire is the national leader in goals-against average (0.43) and save percentage (.833). Michigan trails in the all-time series against the Hawkeyes 27-43 but has claimed 14 of the last 18 meetings dating back to 2010. U-M defeated Iowa, 2-0, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament last spring en route to the tournament crown.
Indiana — The Hoosiers are 7-7 on the season after losing three of their last four games, including overtime decisions against No. 6 Rutgers (1-0, Oct. 3) and Kent State (2-1, Oct. 10). Indiana is 1-4 in the Big Ten with a 3-1 win over No. 16 Ohio State (Oct. 8). Kira Curland leads the Hoosiers with five goals and 10 points, while goalkeeper Arabella Loveridge owns a 1.73 goals-against average and .639 save percentage. Michigan leads the all-time series against Indiana 20-8 dating back to 1975. The Wolverines have claimed 12 of the last 13 meetings, including a 3-0 decision in the regular-season finale last season.
Last Time Out
The Wolverines earned a pair of 2-1 wins against No. 6 Northwestern and No. 3 Louisville at Ocker Field last weekend (Oct. 8-10). Sophomore Anouk Veen scored the double-overtime game-winner off a penalty corner at the 72:18 mark against Northwestern, while fifth-year senior Halle O’Neill netted a similar late game-winning goal against Louisville, scoring off a penalty corner at 67:02. Seniors Kathryn Peterosn and Sofia Southam also scored on the weekend, and senior goalkeeper Anna Spieker totaled 12 saves, including a season-high nine against the Wildcats. [ Recaps: Northwestern | Louisville ]
Fri., Oct. 22 — vs. Rutgers (Phyllis Ocker Field), 4:30 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 24 — vs. Maryland (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.