Michigan Wolverines field hockey

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Michigan Wolverines
field hockey
Michigan Wolverines Block M.png
Founded 1973[1]
University University of Michigan
Conference Big Ten Conference
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
Coach Marcia Pankratz[2] (15th season)
Stadium Phyllis Ocker Field[1][3]
(capacity: 1,500)
Nickname Wolverines
Colors Maize and blue
NCAA Tournament Champions
2001
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
1999
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
1999, 2001, 2003
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2001, 2012
Conference Tournament Champions
1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2010
Conference Regular Season Champions
1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011[1]

The Michigan Wolverines field hockey team is the intercollegiate field hockey program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Michigan field hockey team plays its home games at Phyllis Ocker Field on the university campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan has won an NCAA Championship as well as eight Big Ten regular season titles and five Big Ten tournaments since the creation of the field hockey program in 1973. The team is currently coached by Marcia Pankratz.

History[edit]

Field hockey has been a varsity sport at the University of Michigan since 1973. From 1978 to 1988 and again from 1992 to the present, Michigan has played in the Big Ten Conference. Between 1989 and 1991, the team played in the Midwestern Collegiate Field Hockey Conference. The team won a number of major championships during the late 1990s and early 2000s, beginning with a Big Ten regular season title in 1997 and a Big Ten tournament championship in 1999. This streak of successes under head coach Marcia Pankratz culminated with the team's first and to date only national championship in 2001.[1] The achievement was the first NCAA title won by a women's sports team at the University of Michigan, and was also just the second time a Midwestern university had claimed the championship after Iowa had done it first in 1986.[4]

Season-by-season results[edit]

The 2001 national champion Michigan field hockey team honored at Michigan Stadium on the occasion of their 10-year reunion in 2011.
The 2010 Michigan field hockey team in action at Penn State
The 2012 Michigan field hockey team in action against Ohio State
The 2014 Michigan field hockey team in action against Michigan State
Year Head Coach Overall Pct. Conf. Pct. Conf.
Place
Conf.
Tourn.
Postseason
1973 Phyllis Weikart 1-3-1 .300 - - - - -
1974 Phyllis Ocker 2-8 .200 - - - - -
1975 5-6 .455 - - - - -
1976 8-3 .727 - - - - -
1977 7-8-3 .472 - - - - -
1978 Candy Zientek 11-8 .579 - - - 5th -
1979 13-8-1 .614 - - - 2nd -
1980 11-8 .579 - - - T7th -
1981 11-8-1 .575 - - - 6th -
1982 13-3 .813 3-2 .600 3rd - -
1983 Karen Collins 9-7 .563 3-7 .300 4th - -
1984 1-13-5 .184 0-7-3 .150 T5th - -
1985 1-14-2 .118 1-8-1 .150 6th - -
1986 9-11-1 .452 1-8-1 .150 T5th - -
1987 11-6-3 .625 2-6-2 .300 5th - -
1988 6-10-4 .400 1-6-1 .188 T4th - -
1989 Patti Smith 9-9-2 .500 3-7 .300 4th - -
1990 12-7-2 .619 3-6-1 .350 4th - -
1991 9-9 .500 4-6 .400 5th - -
1992 10-8 .556 3-7 .300 T4th - -
1993 13-7 .650 4-6 .400 4th - -
1994 9-11 .450 4-6 .400 5th T5th -
1995 12-9 .571 4-6 .400 4th T5th -
1996 Marcia Pankratz 7-11 .389 2-8 .200 6th T5th -
1997 16-6 .727 7-3 .700 T1st 2nd -
1998 15-6 .714 7-3 .700 2nd 2nd -
1999 20-7 .741 7-3 .700 3rd 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2000 19-4 .826 6-0 1.000 1st 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2001 18-5 .783 4-2 .667 3rd T3rd NCAA Champion
2002 18-4 .818 6-0 1.000 1st 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2003 17-6 .739 5-1 .833 T1st 3rd NCAA Final Four
2004 17-6 .739 5-1 .833 T1st 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2005 Nancy Cox 16-8 .667 3-3 .500 T3rd 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2006 11-9 .550 4-2 .667 T2nd T5th -
2007 16-7 .696 6-0 1.000 1st 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2008 8-12 .400 3-3 .500 5th T5th -
2009 Marcia Pankratz 7-14 .333 2-4 .333 5th 5th -
2010 15-7 .682 5-1 .833 T1st 1st NCAA 1st Round
2011 15-7 .682 5-1 .833 1st 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2012 15-7 .682 4-2 .667 T2nd 2nd NCAA 1st Round
2013 12-8 .600 4-2 .667 T3rd T5th -

Season-by-season results through the end of the 2013 season[1]

Awards and accolades[edit]

National championships[edit]

Michigan has accumulated a total of 11 appearances in the NCAA tournament, including three Final Fours.[1] In 2001, the Wolverines won their first NCAA championship by defeating Maryland in the final by a score of 2-0. The victory made them the first women's team at the university to win a national championship, as well as the second field hockey team from the Midwest to earn the title, after Iowa in 1986.[4]

Year Coach Opponent Score Record
2001 Marcia Pankratz Maryland Terrapins 2–0 18–5

Conference championships[edit]

Michigan has won eight conference titles, all of them in the Big Ten Conference and all but one under the leadership of head coach Marcia Pankratz.[1]

Year Coach Conference Record Overall Record Conference NCAA Result
1997 Marcia Pankratz 7–3 16–6 Big Ten -
2000 6–0 19–4 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
2002 6–0 18–4 Big Ten NCAA 1st Round
2003 5–1 17–6 Big Ten NCAA Final Four
2004 5–1 17–6 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
2007 Nancy Cox 6–0 16–7 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
2010 Marcia Pankratz 5–1 15–7 Big Ten NCAA 1st Round
2011 5–1 15–7 Big Ten NCAA 2nd Round
8 Conference Championships
8 Big Ten Championships

All-Americans[edit]

Key

      First-team selection 

      Second-team selection 

      Third-team selection 

Awards and accolades through the end of the 2013 season[1][5]

Stadium[edit]

Phyllis Ocker Field before a game in October 2014
Phyllis Ocker Field as it appeared in August 2013

Michigan has played its home games at Phyllis Ocker Field Hockey Field since its construction in 1995. The field is named after Phyllis Ocker, a former University of Michigan educator, field hockey coach, and athletics administrator. Between the end of the 2013 season and the start of the 2014 season, Ocker Field underwent substantial renovations that included the installation of a blue AstroTurf 12 playing surface and a permanent 1,500-seat grandstand, which tripled the stadium's capacity. These renovations also included the installation of floodlights, a video scoreboard, and a new support building that provides for locker rooms, training facilities, coaches' offices, and meeting space as well as a press box and broadcasting booth. The support building was built on the footprint of the former South Ferry Sports Services Building, which had provided similar accommodations since its construction in 1997. A new spectator plaza that includes restrooms, concession facilities, and ticket and marketing booths was also constructed during the 2013-14 renovations.[3]

Built partially on the site of Regents Field, the home of the Michigan football team between 1893 and 1905, Ocker Field was constructed in 1995 jointly with the Michigan Soccer Field. In 1997, the South Ferry Sports Services Building was constructed adjacent to the field, providing locker rooms, training facilities, and storage space for both the field hockey and women's soccer teams.[6] In 2003, Ocker Field's AstroTurf playing surface was upgraded at the cost of $500,000, a sum that was raised from donations from friends and alumni of the field hockey program.[3] Between the 2003 and 2013-14 renovations, the stadium had a seating capacity of 500.[6] In 2010, both the men's and women's soccer teams left the Michigan Soccer Field for the new U-M Soccer Stadium, and football practice fields outside Al Glick Field House have since been built adjacent to Ocker Field.[7][8] Before the construction of Ocker Field, the Michigan field hockey team had played at four other venues on campus: Michigan Stadium (1973-75), Ferry Field (1976-86), the Tartan Turf (1987-90), and Oosterbaan Fieldhouse (1991-94).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Michigan Field Hockey Year-by-Year Results". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Marcia Pankratz". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Phyllis Ocker Field Hockey Field". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Thomas, Paul. "Tasch Backstops U-M to First Women's NCAA Team Title". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Field Hockey Record Book". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Phyllis Ocker Field Hockey Field". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 19 November 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "U-M Soccer Stadium". MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Nesbitt, Stephen J. (March 19, 2012). "Honeymoon season over, Hoke carries same mentality into second spring at Michigan". The Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 

External links[edit]

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