Oct. 20, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Buckeye Varsity Field)
Score: #19 Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (OT)
Records: U-M (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten), Ohio State (4-10, 0-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2 p.m. PST
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored two goals, including the overtime gamewinner to propel the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team past Ohio State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 20) at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the effort, Mack became the Wolverines' all-time leading scorer, establishing new U-M program records for both career goals (69) and career points (157).
Mack netted the game-winning goal at the 75:47 mark on a rocket shot following a terrific effort to get open in the OSU circle. She initiated the U-M attack on a long pass deep into the left corner of the Buckeye defensive 25, where senior/junior Lauren Hauge (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall HS) kept the ball in bounds and fed it back to Mack just outside the circle. The Wolverine captain carried it in, spun around a defender, moving to open space near the top of the circle, and launched a shot into the netting on the right side of the cage. It was Mack's fourth game-winning goal of the season and the 15th of her career.
The Wolverines controlled the abbreviated extra frame and appeared to have ended the game minutes earlier on an overtime penalty-corner opportunity, but senior/junior Leslie Smith's (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) shot, which hit the top of the board, was deemed too high.
Coach Marcia Pankratz
Ohio State had struck first in the contest, at the 12:56 mark, after controlling the early part of play. The Buckeyes took advantage of a long hit on the right sideline to move the ball into the circle, where Nina Laudahn fired a shot past fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) to the opposite side of the cage.
Mack knotted the score in the final minute of the half, using a deflection to pull U-M even at halftime. Just seconds after an OSU player was sent off with a yellow card, senior/junior Sammy Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) hammered a crossing pass into the circle from the left side, and Mack, camped out in front, tipped it into the lower right corner of the OSU cage with just 32 seconds remaining in the frame. The goal earned Mack a share of the program's 10-year-old career goal standard.
Michigan dominated play in the second half, outshooting the Buckeyes, 14-3, and outcornering them, 9-0, but could not capitalize on several opportunities. The Wolverines drew seven corners, including six in a row, early in the frame, but Buckeye goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux came up with eight saves in the half.
U-M's best chance in the half came on a low cross-circle shot from Mack midway through the frame that just narrowly missed wide of the net. Ohio State also registered a good scoring opportunity in the waning moments of the half; Jones came up big on a hard, high Buckeye shot from the right side of the corner.
Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 19-5, and outcornered them, 10-1, in the contest. Jones earned two saves in the winning effort, while OSU goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux stopped eight of 10 shots on goals.
The Wolverines will remain on the road next weekend, heading to Palo Alto, Calif., for a pair of non-conference games. U-M will face host Stanford at 2 p.m. PST on Friday (Oct. 25) before wrapping the road trip with a 3 p.m. neutral-site game against Pacific on Saturday (Oct. 26). The Stanford contest will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.
Shots: U-M 19, OSU 5
Saves: U-M 2 (Haley Jones), OSU 8 (Sarah Lemieux)
Defensive Saves: none
Penalty Corners: U-M 10, OSU 1
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423