Sept. 20, 2013
Site: Williamsburg, Va. (Busch Field)
Score: Michigan 5, William & Mary 3
Records: U-M (4-3), W&M (2-5)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Sept. 22 -- at Maryland (College Park, Md.), 1 p.m.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) recorded a first-half hat trick to lead the University of Michigan field hockey team to a 5-3 win at William & Mary on Friday evening (Sept. 20) at Busch Field.
The Wolverines gave up the early advantage for the second straight game after a steal in the midfield resulted in a William & Mary give-and-go and Pippin Saunders goal at the 2:08 mark. But Michigan, again for the second straight game, responded immediately, evening up the score just 52 seconds and adding two more goals over the next six minutes.
Mack put U-M on the board at the 3:00 mark, carrying the ball up the middle of the field and into the circle before knocking it around charging Tribe goalkeeper Meredith Savage. She added another on the Wolverines' second corner opportunity of the contest, scoring on the direct shot at 7:08. Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists on the stop and the push, respectively.
Mack's second goal resulted in a Tribe goalie substitution, but U-M kept pouring it on, as sophomore Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) scored on Michigan's next shot, at 8:34, accepting a pass from senior Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke HS) and firing it into the board.
Mack completed the hat trick -- the sixth of her career -- on another Wolverine corner opportunity in the waning minutes of the half, at 33:03. She again converted on the direct shot, earning assists for McCallister and Smith.
The Wolverines drew back-to-back penalty corners early in the second half, and sophomore Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) converted on the second attempt, taking the insert from Smith and sweeping it to the nearside corner of the cage at 38:55 for her second goal of the season.
William & Mary responded, ultimately outshooting (7-2) and outcornering (5-2) the Wolverines in the final half. The Tribe netted two goals -- on a tip-in off a long hit and a subsequent penalty corner -- midway through the frame to narrow the final score.
The teams recorded equal shots (9-9) and corners (6-6) through 70 minutes of play. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) posted five saves, while Savage earned two stops. Cate Johnson and Adriana Peratsakis also earned time in goal for William & Mary.
The Wolverines will wrap up the road trip on Sunday (Sept. 22), heading to College Park, Md., to face No. 2-ranked Maryland at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.
|William and Mary||1||2||3|
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- W&M, Pippin Saunders, 2:08 (Emma Clifton)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 3:00 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Mack, 7:08 (Ainsley McCallister, Leslie Smith)
1st -- U-M, Shannon Scavelli, 8:34 (Michelle Roberts)
1st -- U-M, Mack, 33:03 (McCallister, Smith)
2nd -- U-M, Lauren Thomas, 38:55 (Smith)
2nd -- W&M, Brittany Hopkins, 51:37 (Jesse Ebner)
2nd -- W&M, Maria Pastor, 57: 26 (Hopkins)
Shots: U-M 9, W&M 9
Saves: U-M 5 (Haley Jones), W&M 2 (Meredith Savage 2, Cate Johnson 0, Adriana Peratsakis 0)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, W&M 1
Penalty Corners: U-M 6, W&M 6
N O T E S
With their win tonight, the Wolverines improved to 4-1 in the all-time series against William & Mary. U-M has won the last three series meetings.
Senior Rachael Mack upped her career point total to 139 to move to second among U-M's all-time leaders in the category, passing Mary Callam (136, 1978-80) with tonight's effort. She is now 16 points shy of school-record holder April Fronzoni (155, 2000-03).
Mack has scored at least one goal in six of seven games this season. She boasts a pair of multi-goal efforts.
Senior/junior Leslie Smith earned a career-best three assists. She leads the Wolverines -- and the Big Ten -- with eight assists through seven games. Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister matched a career best with two assists.
Q U O T E S
U-M Senior Rachael Mack
On the Wolverines' offense ... "I think it's starting to come together. Our first 20 minutes, we played really, really well. We had great transferring around the back, and we got some really good outcomes, whether that was goals or corners. So, we were definitely clicking in the first half, and we were working really well together -- from the defense to the midfield and all the way up to the forward line."
On U-M needing to play a full 70-minute game ... "We're getting better. I still think we have more work to do on that, but it is definitely better. They stepped up in the second half, but we were able to deal with it. We played like we needed to win the game, but we need to keep focusing on taking a good 70 minutes all the way through."
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423