WELCOMING THE WOLVERINES The Indiana field hockey team will welcome No. 15 Michigan this Friday, Oct. 18 at the IUFH Complex at 4 p.m. ET. The Wolverines invade Bloomington with an 8-5 overall record and an even 2-2 mark in conference games.
Friday's matchup will be the 14th meeting between the two squads with U-M holding a 3-10 advantage in the all-time series. The Hoosiers last faced Michigan on Oct. 28, 2011 in a 4-2 loss in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A LOOK AT VILLANOVA Indiana will face Villanova for just the third time in program history this Sunday, Oct. 21 in a Noon contest at the IUFH Complex. The Wildcats are currently 6-9 on the year with a 1-2 record in the Big East.
The Hoosiers are 2-0 against the Wildcats with wins in both the 2002 and 2010 campaigns.
LAST TIME OUT The Hoosiers went 1-1 last weekend, picking up a 4-2 win over Central Michigan on Oct. 13 after dropping a 4-0 contest at No. 9 Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 12.
The Hoosiers regrouped and closed out the weekend with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Central Michigan. After facing a 2-1 deficit through the first half, Indiana scored three unanswered in the final 35 minutes of regulation to secure the win. Four separate Hoosiers netted goals in the contest, as Morgan Fleetwood, Mariella Grote, Rachel Stauffer and Gaby Olshemski each put one through the posts. Fleetwood also earned two assists.
CAREER FIRSTS Several career firsts have been reached throughout the 2012 campaign. A handful of Hoosiers have scored their first career goals this season. Hannah Boyer (Sept. 9 vs. Ohio), Rachel Stauffer (Sept. 23 at Lock Haven) and Sydney Supica (Sept. 30 at Ball State) each netted career firsts. On the defensive end, Supica registered her first career defensive save against Iowa (Oct. 5). Viki Green recorded her first career shutout against Vermont on August 26 to help the Hoosiers to a 3-0 road victory. Her complete game shutout was also the first since Becky Pany achieved the feat when IU blanked UC Davis, 1-0, on Oct. 9, 2010.
NEARING CAREER MILESTONES Morgan Fleetwood is approaching several milestones in her career numbers through this season and could potentially move atop several offensive catagories after this weekend. She currently sits in second all-time for career goals with 40, just one goal short of Lydia Schrott's (2003-'06) 41 career goals. Fleetwood's 13 game-winning goals is also one short of second-best in the all-time career records, as Schrott's 14 also tops the list. With 101 career points, Fleetwood is just three shy of tying the all-time best total of 104 also held by Schrott.
HOOSIER NOTABLES Hannah Boyer, Morgan Fleetwood and Danielle McNally have all been named captains for the 2012 season. Sophomore Audra Heilman has been named to the U.S. Field Hockey U21 squad that will compete at the Junior World Cup next year, announced by USA Field Hockey on July 17. Hannah Boyer, Morgan Fleetwood and Audra Heilman are among Big Ten Players to Watch for the 2012 season, announced by the league on Aug. 22. The Hoosiers welcome five new faces to the 2012 squad. IU's international touch to the 2012 roster features freshman Karen Gomez from Terrassa, Spain, sophomore Amanda Bennison from Poynton, England and sixth year senior Viki Green from Belfast, Northern Ireland.