Mack Attack! U-M Rallies Past No. 8 PSU in OT to Reach Big Ten Finals

Nov. 5, 2010

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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Thomas Athletic Complex)
Score: #11 Michigan 4, #8 Penn State 3 (OT)
Records: U-M (14-6), Penn State (14-5)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Nov. 7 -- vs. Ohio State - Big Ten Tournament Finals (Evanston, Ill.), 2 p.m. CST

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored her second goal of the game at 66:41 to send the match into overtime, where she netted the winner 4:08 in, rallying the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team past No. 8 Penn State, 4-3, in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Friday (Nov. 5) at the Thomas Athletic Complex. The triumph is U-M's fifth 4-3 overtime decision of the year and sends the Wolverines into the conference tournament finals, where they will take on No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday (Nov. 7) at 2 p.m. CST live on the Big Ten Network. Michigan has won four tournament titles, the last coming in 2005.

The Wolverines held a 10-5 shot advantage in the opening half and got on the board at 20:36 when Mack received a pass from 25 yards out and dribbled around and through the defense before beating PSU goalkeeper Alya Halus to the right post for her 13th goal of the season. Michigan also had a great chance when back-to-back shots from senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) and Mack at point-blank range were saved by Halus. Penn State tied the contest after garnering a corner right at the half as Alex Schlener scored on a rebound, knotting the score at one goal apiece.

Penn State took its first lead of the game at 41:05 as Hannah Allison connected on a 15-yard shot off a loose ball, but U-M answered when senior Vanessa Sekhon (West Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood) deflected a Mack shot into the back of the net off a penalty corner. Michigan had a player advantage on a Penn State yellow card but could not take advantage.

The Nittany Lions then took a short-lived lead at 63:16, before Michigan fought back and tied the game at three as Mack netted her second goal of the game on a redirection from freshman Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke), sending the game into the extra session tied at 3-all.

Michigan had all three shots in the extra session and like the Wolverines have done all season, won the game in overtime. At 74:08, Mack received the pass from senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) in the circle and beat Halus to complete the hat trick and move Michigan into the championship game.


By Periods 1 2 OT F
Penn State 1 2 0 3
Michigan 1 2 1 4

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 20:36 (unassisted)
1st -- PSU, Alex Schlener, 35:00 (unassisted)
2nd -- PSU, Hannah Allison, 41:05 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Vanessa Sekhon, 45:32 (Mack)
2nd -- PSU, Kelsey Amy, 63:16 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Mack, 66:41 (Michelle Roberts)
OT -- U-M, Mack, 74:08 (Paige Laytos)

Shots: U-M 19, PSU 7
Saves: U-M 2 (Christi Barwick 2), PSU 8 (Ayla Halus 7, Team 1)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, PSU 1 (Brittany Grzywacz 1)
Penalty Corners: U-M 4, PSU 6


• Michigan advances to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the ninth time in school history and the first time since 2007. Michigan has advanced to the championship game in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

• Michigan moves to 5-0 in overtime games this season. All five have been 4-3 wins. U-M defeated James Madison, Albany, Miami, Northwestern and Penn State by the same score.

• Michigan now owns a 5-4 advantage on Penn State in Big Ten Tournament play.

• Michigan now has a 16-12 all-time record in the Big Ten Tournament.

• Michigan will play Ohio State in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament for the first time in conference history.

• Mack now has 15 goals on the season, just two of tying the program's single-season freshman record. April Fronzioni scored 17 goals her first season at U-M.

• This is Mack's second hat trick of the season. She did the trick in the 4-3 overtime win against Northwestern on Oct. 15.


Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On her thoughts after the game ... "It was a great game. It's hard to beat Penn State twice in the same season. They're an outstanding, fast and skilled team. I'm so proud of our team to stay in it and stay focused and pull it out in overtime."

On going into overtime ... "Well, it was funny because every overtime game we've had, we've won them all and they've all been 4-3, so we went into the tent, it was 3-3 and it was 'OK, it's just fate, it's ours.' They felt confident about it and came out with a smile on their face."

On Sunday's opponent, Ohio State ... "Well, they are very skilled. They have a lot of experience and talent. They nipped us in Ann Arbor, so we are looking forward to the rematch."

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