The Wolverine

November 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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NOVEMBER 2016 THE WOLVERINE 77   OLYMPIC SPORTS UPDATE tionals meet Oct. 15, finishing ahead of several ranked programs — includ- ing Portland (No. 5), Stanford (No. 7) and Eastern Michigan (No. 16) … Se- nior Erin Finn, a two-time All-American whose 19th-place finish at last year's NCAA Championships propelled U-M to sixth overall, clinched her fourth win of the season at the Pre-Nationals with a 19:44.7 time and a 24-second margin of victory … Finn is a three-time Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week hon- oree this season, and was ranked No. 3 in the Saucony Flo50 Individual Rank- ings as of mid-October … The Wolver- ines placed first overall at the Greater Louisville Sports Commission's Greater Louisville Classic Oct. 1, fifth at the Uni- versity of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invita- tional Sept. 24 and first in the Sycamore Invitational Sept. 10 at Terre Haute, Ind. … Like the men, the team will compete in the EMU Fall Classic Oct. 21 in Dexter, Mich., before the Big Ten Champion- ships Oct. 30 in Minneapolis. — Zach Libby FIELD HOCKEY (9-6, 4-3 BIG TEN) Junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson racked up a season-high 10 saves in No. 2 Michigan's thrilling 2-1 overtime win over No. 16 Iowa Oct. 16 … Fresh- man midfielder/forward Meg Dowth- waite scored the game-winning goal at 82:29 in overtime against the Hawk- eyes … Head coach Marcia Pankratz earned her 250th career victory with a triumph at Rutgers Oct. 7 … Her record over 17 years (1996-2004 and 2009-16) at U-M was 251-116 through Oct. 20, ranking her 12th all time among Di- vision I coaches with a .684 win per- centage … Freshman goalkeeper Claire Stemper notched her first collegiate start in the Wolverine cage against the Scarlet Knights, earning her first career win in the process … The Wolverines won their first two conference games against rivals Michigan State and Ohio State, respectively, before losing to No. 4 Penn State Sept. 25 … Freshman midfielder/forward Fay Keijer scored the only goal of a 1-0 victory over Ohio State Sept. 23 … Through Oct. 20, se- nior forward Courtney Enge led the team in goals (six) and was tied for the team lead in points (13) … Redshirt ju- nior forward Carly Bennett also has 13 points (five goals and three assists) … Senior forward/midfielder Sina Lampe's six assists led the team. — Austin Fox MEN'S SOCCER (2-7-4, 1-4-1 BIG TEN) Redshirt junior goalkeeper Braden Hor- ton made his first career appearance in a 4-0 loss to William & Mary Oct. 15, making nine saves in the process, good for third most in a single match in school history … Sophomore midfielder Francis Atua- hene led the Wolverines with a season- high nine shots in a loss to No. 2 Notre Dame Oct. 11 … Junior goalie Evan Louro notched the 11th shutout of his career during a 2-0 victory over Detroit Sept. 28 … Junior midfielder Tristan Jacob re- corded his first career assist in the win over the Titans, while sophomores Noah Kleedtke, a defender, and midfielder Ryan Kobakof made their first career appear- ances … Sophomore midfielder Robbie Mertz notched his first career goal in a 2-1 double-overtime loss at Northwest- ern Sept. 25 … The Wolverines' regular- season finale against Maryland Oct. 30 will be televised by the Big Ten Network. — Austin Fox WOMEN'S SOCCER (9-3-3, 5-2-2 BIG TEN) No. 25 Michigan held No. 15 Minne- sota, the Big Ten's leader in goals scored, without a goal in a 0-0 draw Oct. 16 … Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Jackson made a career-high 11 saves against the Gophers while earning her sixth shutout of the season … The Wolverines are unbeaten at home this season, holding a 7-0-3 record through Oct. 21 … With her first-half goal against Wisconsin Oct. 13, senior forward Nicky Waldeck tied sophomore forward Reilly Martin for the team lead in goals with six; Martin led the squad with 18 points … Michigan enjoyed a seven-game winning streak (one shy of tying the school record of eight, set in 2013) that began Sept. 2 against Ole Miss but ended in a 3-0 loss at Illinois Oct. 6 … When the Wolverines checked in at No. 19 in the NSCAA Divi- sion I rankings in early October, it was their first appearance in the poll since being ranked No. 25 on Oct. 28, 2014 … Waldeck was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 4 after recording a hat trick against Rutgers Sept. 29, and an assist against Maryland Oct. 2 … Sopho- more midfielder Jackie White scored her first career goal in the victory over the Terrapins … Redshirt junior midfielder/ forward Ani Sarkisian scored in the 77th minute to break a scoreless tie against Michigan State Sept. 24, giving the Wol- verines a 1-0 victory. — Austin Fox VOLLEYBALL (16-4, 5-3 BIG TEN) No. 18 Michigan provided a stiff chal- lenge No. 1 Wisconsin Oct. 15, but fell 3-2 at Cliff Keen Arena to end a three- match winning streak … It would have been the first time in team history that U-M defeated the top-ranked team in the country … The loss comes after a 3-1 home win over No. 19 Ohio State Oct. 9 … The previous two losses in conference play ended in sweeps by No. 2 Nebraska and No. 10 Penn State … In addition to Nos. 1, 2 and 10 in the Oct. 10 national poll, the Big Ten is also represented in the top 25 by No. 3 Minnesota, No. 14 Michi- gan State, No. 18 Michigan, No. 19 Ohio State, No. 22 Purdue and No. 24 Illinois … Senior middle blocker and unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection Abby Cole led the Wolverines in kills (231), total hit attempts (518), blocks (76) and hitting percentage (.349) through Oct. 16 … She ranked eighth in the Big Ten for kills per set (3.55) … Sophomore defensive spe- cialist Jenna Lerg and freshman setter MacKenzi Welsh are the leaders defen- sively for U-M, having recorded 317 and 157 digs, respectively … Lerg led the Big Ten in total digs … Michigan ranked sec- ond overall in the conference in kills per set (14.24, trailing Minnesota by 0.02) and number of total kills (997) … The team was also fourth in assists (13.17 per set) and fifth in hitting percentage (.279). — Zach Libby In No. 18 Michigan's near upset over No. 1 Wisconsin, freshman setter MacKenzi Welsh notched 49 assists and 11 digs to earn her fifth career assist-dig double-dou- ble. She also totaled a career-best six kills in the contest. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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