Oct. 6, 2013
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 15-5 in the all-time series against Ball State. U-M has won 11 straight meetings against the Cardinals.
Michigan improved to 5-0 in home games this season. The Wolverines have outscored their home opposition, 25-5.
Michigan's 10 goals against Ball State are the program's greatest single-game total since scoring 10 vs. Saint Louis on Sept. 13, 2008.
Senior Rachael Mack's four-goal effort is the most for a Wolverine player since Jessica Blake netted four against Central Michigan on Sept. 17, 2004. It is also Mack's seventh career hat trick.
Mack upped her career goal total to 66 to move into second place among U-M's career goals leaders, passing Mary Callam (64, 1976-79). She is just two goals shy of program record holder April Fronzoni (68, 2000-03). With 151 career points, Mack is also just four points shy of record-holder Fronzoni (155).
Senior/junior Leslie Smith is 5-for-6 on penalty-stroke opportunities this season and 7-for-9 on career stroke opportunities
Twelve different Wolverine players have scored goals this season. Sophomore Taryn Mark and senior/junior Lauren Hauge are U-M's third and fourth first-time goal scorers this season, joining freshmen Eliza Stein and Sina Lampe.
The Wolverines honored their alumni at halftime. Michigan also unveiled the framed jersey of late Wolverine goalkeeper Rachael [Geishardt] Townsend (1992-95), which will display in the lobby of its new field hockey complex scheduled to open in the summer of 2014.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On the Wolverines' 10 goals ... "We've been pressing a little in the scoring department. But we really relaxed today, and it's a nice confidence booster going into next weekend. It was nice to have some versatility. If we only had [Rachael] Mack, then other teams could key off her, and it'd be awfully tough. That's what was happening at the beginning of the year. Now that some other players are blossoming, like Emy Guttman and Shannon Scavelli, and getting dangerous, other teams have to pay attention to everybody. Obviously that opens it back up for Mack. So, it's nice to have the team ability to score."
On the weekend sweep ... "I'm hoping that the team is feeling a lot of confidence right now. They've been working really hard, their attitude has been awesome, and it's reflecting in their success on the field."
On Lauren Hauge's first career goal ... "It warms my heart her score. She had 2 ACL tears, two years of straight rehab, but she's diligent, relentless and hardworking. Her attitude is nothing but awesome, so that really warms my heart to see her get a goal in. It's unbelievably deserved, and it's just a great example of her being a classic Michigan student-athlete -- working really hard and rising to the top."
U-M Senior Rachael Mack
On the offensive effort ... "We've really been working on our offense. We've been having a lot of circle entries and a lot of corners, and it's been a real focus for us just to execute. I think today was a great opportunity for the girls to step up. It's good to practice new things. It's a great confidence boost scoring 10 goals in a game. We executed today, and we finished. That feels really good."
U-M Senior/Junior Lauren Hauge
On today's game ... "It was a pretty phenomenal feeling today. It was a long time coming. It's my first career goal. As a team, it's a good feeling to beat another team pretty handily. We're about to enter the longest stretch of our Big Ten season. So, this is a huge momentum shifter going into a couple of big weekends for us."