Late Surge Rallies Michigan Past Indiana on Senior Day
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Nov. 3, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: Michigan 4, Indiana 3
Records: U-M (12-7, 4-2 Big Ten), Indiana (9-9, 1-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Thursday, Nov. 7 -- vs. Iowa - Bit Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio), 10 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to rally from a late two-goal deficit, edging Indiana, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 3) in front of 536 fans at Phyllis Ocker Field. With the comeback victory, the Wolverines wrapped up the home portion of their 2013 schedule with a perfect 8-0 record.

After a scoreless first half, the two teams traded goals early in the second, before the Hoosiers surged ahead with back-to-back goals midway through the frame. Michigan called a timeout after the latter and responded with elevated pressure in the IU defensive zone, finally breaking through with goal off a corner opportunity. Senior/junior Leslie Smith's (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) direct shot was blocked by a defender in front, but the ball kicked back to her on the left side, and she ripped it to the nearside corner to pull U-M within one at 58:02.

Michigan struck again three minutes later, taking advantage of a flurry in front to even the score at 61:02. Graduate student Alice Brown (Canterbury, England/Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School) maneuvered around a defender at the top of the circle before winding up and sending a bouncing shot to the lower left corner for the equalizer and her first Michigan goal.

Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) netted the game-winner -- her second of the weekend -- in the waning moments of regulation, taking advantage of another U-M corner opportunity to find the backboard at the 68:38 mark. Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) inserted on the right side, and the ball went around the perimeter, from Smith to sophomore Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) to Mack, who rocketed a low shot to the opposite corner.

It was Mack's second marker of the contest. She also tallied U-M's first goal, knotting up the score after Indiana's goal in the first minutes of the half. McCallister initiated the play with a pass into the circle, and Mack spun around a defender and batted it past Hoosier goalkeeper Maggie Olson at 45:33.

Michigan outshot the Hoosiers, 12-6, and outcornered them, 9-2. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) posted one save in the winning effort, while IU's Olson stopped four of U-M's seven shots on goal.

The Wolverines will kick off the 2013 Big Ten Tournament on Thursday (Nov. 7) at Buckeye Varsity Field in Columbus, Ohio. Seeded fourth in the annual conference tournament, Michigan will open first-round competition against Iowa, the No. 5 seed, at 10 a.m. All three tournament first-round games will be broadcast live via the MGoBlue.com All-Access player, while both semifinals and the championship game will air live on the Big Ten Network




GAME SUMMARY

By Periods 1 2 F
Indiana 0 3 3
Michigan 0 4 4

Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- IU, Audra Heilman, 36:41 (Corinne Karch)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 45:33 (Ainsley McCallister)
2nd -- IU, Sydney Supica, 49:21 (Emily Bowker, Hannah McDermott)
2nd -- IU, McDermott, 51:41 (Heilman)
2nd -- U-M, Leslie Smith, 58:02 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Alice Brown, 61:02 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 68:38 (Lauren Thomas)

Shots: U-M 12, IU 6
Saves: U-M 1 (Haley Jones), IU 3 (Maggie Olson)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, IU 1
Penalty Corners: U-M 9, IU 2

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423