Sept. 15, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #16 Michigan 6, Saint Louis 2
Records: U-M (4-3), SLU (0-9)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Sept. 16 -- vs. Fairfield (Phyllis Ocker Field), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team scored five goals in the second half to surge past Saint Louis, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 15) at Phyllis Ocker Field. Junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) netted the fifth hat trick of her career.
Mack notched her first goal late in the first half, evening the score just five minutes after the Billikens opened scoring on a chip-in goal from the left post. Freshman Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) fed her the ball across the goal line, and Mack, who was stationed on the right post, got her stick on it and tipped it past Saint Louis goalkeeper Megan Depew-Brady at the 28:29 mark.
The Wolverine junior followed the late first-half marker with another early in the second, stealing the ball outside the circle, dribbling in and around several defenders and driving it into the opposite lower corner at 36:51.
Mack completed the hat trick eight minutes later, at 44:16, on the direct shot following Michigan's first penalty-corner opportunity of the contest. She rocketed a low shot to the right side of the cage, where it hit a defender and redirected over a sprawled Depew-Brady. Senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) and junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists on the stop and the push, respectively.
Michigan's continued offensive pressure yielded goals from freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) and sophomore Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) in the subsequent 10 minutes. Naughton chipped in a pass from fellow freshman Taryn Mark (West Vancouver, B.C./West Vancouver Secondary) along the left goalpost at 49:26, while Wouters carried the ball into the circle, pulling Depew-Brady out of the position before knocking it into the empty net at the 55:11 mark.
After Saint Louis narrowed the score with a penalty-corner goal, sophomore/freshman Lauren Kent (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos HS) responded in kind in the waning minutes of regulation, sending a sweeping direct shot to the lower right corner of the cage for her first collegiate goal at 66:59.
Michigan outshot the Billikens, 15-4, including a 10-2 advantage in the second half, but was outcornered, 7-4. Senior/freshman Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) saw just one shot on goal in the winning effort, while Depew-Brady stopped five of the Wolverines' 11 shots on goal.
Michigan (4-3) will wrap up the weekend homestand tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 16), squaring off against No. 23 Fairfield at noon at Ocker Field.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- SLU, Lexie Lindblad, 23:23 (Laken Gehris)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 28:29 (Shannon Scavelli)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 36:51 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 44:16 (Liesl Morris, Leslie Smith)
2nd -- U-M, Aisling Naughton, 49:26 (Taryn Mark)
2nd -- U-M, Axelle Wouters, 55:11 (unassisted)
2nd -- SLU, Lindblad, 58:03 (Caitlin Brownell)
2nd -- U-M, Lauren Kent, 66:59 (Jaime Dean)
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