Oct. 5, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #19 Michigan 3, #15 Iowa 2
Records: U-M (6-5, 1-1 Big Ten), Iowa (5-5, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Oct. 6 -- vs. Ball State (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team scored three unanswered goals to rally past No. 15 Iowa, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 5) in front of 428 fans at Phyllis Ocker Field. The victory evened the Wolverines Big Ten Conference record at 1-1.
Iowa scored two goals in the opening eight minutes of play. The Hawkeyes drew quick back-to-back penalty corners, and Stephanie Norlander converted on the latter, knocking in the rebound off the direct shot at the 4:27 mark. Iowa's Natalie Cafone added another less than three minutes later, carrying the ball from right to left into the circle and driving a reverse hit high into the opposite corner.
The Wolverines regrouped on the field, and sophomore Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) put U-M on the board at the 20:44 mark, corralling the rebound on a shot from outside the circle and knocking it into the cage for her first goal of the season. Senior/junior captain Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) fired the initial shot from just beyond the top of the circle. The ball hit sprawled Hawkeye goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce and bounced straight forward, where Guttman collected it and sent in it behind the goalie.
Sophomore Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) knotted up the score less than three minutes later, at 23:29, following a turnover deep in the Iowa zone. Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) stole the ball on the left side of the field and threaded a pass into the circle -- past Iowa's last line of defense -- to Scavelli's stick. With Boyce stepping out to challenge, Scavelli carried the ball several steps to the right and knocked it into the empty goal.
The Wolverines took their first lead of the game early in the second half, converting on a penalty-corner opportunity at the 39:22 mark. Senior/junior Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) inserted on the right side, pushing the ball directly to Mack, who rocketed to the nearside lower corner. The ball deflected in front to just clear Boyce's stick.
Michigan outshot the Hawkeyes, 11-7, and outcornered them, 8-3, including a 7-1 advantage in the second frame. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) earned two saves in the Wolverine cage, not including a stellar breakup play late in the first half. Hawkeye goalkeeper stopped four of U-M's seven shots on goal.
The Wolverines will wrap up the weekend homestand tomorrow (Sunday, Oct. 6), hosting Ball State at 1 p.m. at Phyllis Ocker Field.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- Iowa, Stephanie Norlander, 4:27 (unassisted)
1st -- Iowa, Natalie Cafone, 7:13 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Emy Guttman, 20:44 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Shannon Scavelli, 23:29 (Rachael Mack)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 39:22 (Leslie Smith)
Shots: U-M 11, Iowa 7
Saves: U-M 2 (Haley Jones), Iowa 4 (Kelsey Boyce)
Defensive Saves: none
Penalty Corners: U-M 8, Iowa 3
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423