The Wolverine

August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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bring in two middles, maybe right-side hitters, that are really physical, so I'm excited about that. "I think it's a class that could impact us quickly." Soccer: Michigan came within a penalty kick of upsetting No. 5 Penn State in the NCAA Tournament last season. With big goals, their chances are improved by the seven outstanding freshmen that will be joining head coach Greg Ryan's roster. The focal point of the class is goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin, who will be asked to take over in goal for the departing Hayley Kopmeyer. rates defender Anna Soccorsi as a four-star prospect, the No. 5 player in New Jersey and the No. 81 recruit nationally. "Each member of this class is extremely talented and plays the game of soccer at a very high level," Ryan said. "We expect them to make an immediate and positive impact on our team this season and add to the culture that we've created here at the University of Michigan." Field Hockey: Michigan returns to Ocker Field in 2013 with the goal of advancing past the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Eight players in total join the team, seven of them Field hockey head coach Marcia Pankratz, freshmen. The eighth, Alice Brown, who has guided the Wolverines to the NCAA is a graduate student from England. Tournament each of the past three seasons, Four of the seven true freshmen landed an athletic seven-member class that come from the Midwest, while two she believes will bolster her team's depth at hail from the East Coast, and one all positions. michigan athletic media relations photo courtesy from the West Coast. Two Ann Arborites chose to stay home and represent the Maize and Blue — Casie Ammerman is a midfielder who led Huron High School to four consecutive appearances in the state championship game, winning two titles in 2011 and 2012. Midfielder Eliza Stein was also a part of that squad and garnered first-team all-state recognition in 2011 and 2012. "We are very excited about this group of young players," Michigan head coach Marcia Pankratz said. "It's a big group, and they bring a lot to the team in terms of athleticism and depth at all positions. I think they will all fit into our program quite well. We can't wait to get them here and get started." — Geoff Chiles

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