Oct. 6, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #19 Michigan 10, Ball State 2
Records: U-M (7-5), Ball State (5-6)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) posted a career-best four goals to lead the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team to its greatest goal output in five years, as the Wolverines posted a 10-2 victory over Ball State on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6) in front of 391 fans at Phyllis Ocker Field.
The Wolverines struck quickly, drawing a penalty stroke off a BSU goal-line foul on U-M's first corner opportunity of the game. Senior/junior Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) converted the attempt -- her fifth stroke goal of the season -- with a high shot to the left corner at the 1:46 mark.
After a bit of a lull following the initial goal, sophomore Taryn Mark (West Vancouver, British Columbia/West Vancouver Secondary) kicked off a Wolverine barrage with her first collegiate goal at the 19:19 mark, getting her stick on a long forward pass into circle from junior Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor Mich./Pioneer HS) and tipping in from the left post.
The Wolverines followed with three more goals -- all from Mack -- in the final 10 minutes of the half. She netted her first two in similar fashion, collecting the ball near midfield and charging into the circle before winding up and rocketing low shots to the backboard.
Michigan scored three second-half goals in quick succession, from sophomore Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS), Guttman and sophomore Jaime Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Whitney Point HS). Scavelli and Guttman both tallied their second goal of the weekend; the former on a rebound play directly in front of the cage, and the latter on 2-on-1 opportunity deep in the circle. Dean tipped a direct shot on another corner opportunity at 47:49, redirecting senior/junior Sammy Gray's (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) shot from the top of the circle.
Mack added her fourth goal on a spectacular reverse hit to the opposite upper corner at the 52:35 mark, while senior/junior Lauren Hauge (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall HS) closed out scoring for the Wolverines at 67:33 with a rebound goal on a late corner opportunity. It was Hauge's first collegiate goal.
Michigan outshot the Cardinals, 22-5, and outcornered them, 8-4. Fifth-year senior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) earned one save in the Wolverine cage and split time with sophomore/freshman Chris Lueb (Hertogenbosch, Netherlands/Staples (Conn.)). BSU goalkeeper Shelby Henley stopped six U-M shots on goals.
The Wolverines will face a pair of intrastate rivals next weekend, traveling to East Lansing, Mich., to play Michigan State at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 11) before returning home to meet Central Michigan at 1 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 13) at Ocker Field.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Leslie Smith, 1:46 (penalty stroke)
1st -- U-M, Taryn Mark, 19:19 (Emy Guttman)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 26:02 (unassisted)
1st -- BSU, Allie White, 29:49 (Tarel Teach)
1st -- U-M, Mack, 31:24 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Mack, 33:27 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Shannon Scavelli, 42:09 (Ainsley McCallister)
2nd -- U-M, Emy Guttman, 45:53 (Coutney Enge)
2nd -- U-M, Jaime Dean, 47:49 (Sammy Gray)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 52:35 (Eliza Stein)
2nd -- U-M, Lauren Hauge, 67:33 (unassisted)
2nd -- BSU, Bethany Han, 68:22 (unassisted)
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