Hail to the Tournament Victors! U-M Nips No. 5 OSU for Big Ten Crown

Nov. 7, 2010

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Tournament Central

Site: Evanston, Ill. (Thomas Athletic Complex)
Event: Big Ten Tournament Final
Score: #11 Michigan 2, #5 Ohio State 1
Records: U-M (15-6), Ohio State (16-4)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Nov. 9 -- NCAA Selection Show, 8 p.m. (Webcast: NCAA.com)

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Senior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) opened the scoring at 12:42 and freshman Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) netted the game-winner at 41:11 to lift the No. 11-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team to its fifth Big Ten Tournament title with a 2-1 victory over No. 5-ranked and top-seeded Ohio State on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 7) at the Thomas Athletic Complex. The Wolverines and Buckeyes shared the regular-season title and U-M wins the tournament crown for the first time since 2005, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Mack earned Big Ten Tournament MVP following a four-goal, two-assist effort in three games, while senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) joined her on the all-tournament team.

U-M struck first in the 13th minute as Mack fed senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) in the middle of the circle. Her shot was headed to the right post and was deflected by Mayer into the goal, giving the Maize and Blue the one-goal lead. Ohio State then knotted the score at one at 25:02 as Jena Cacciatore received a long cross from Aisling McKeon and used her backhand to score from the middle of the circle. Mack had another good look late in the first half that just went wide as the two teams went into the break tied at a goal apiece.

Michigan then scored the game-winner at 41:11 as senior/junior Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) crossed the ball to Mack, who deflected it into the right side of the goal, giving her 16 goals on the season and making it 2-1. Ohio State had its best chance to score late as it had a player advantage for 10 minutes on a U-M yellow card, but the Buckeyes could not connect. Danica Deckard had her stick on a 1-on-1 opportunity with senior/junior goalkeeper Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines), but she could not collect the ball before going just wide to the left of the goal.

The Wolverines had a 9-4 shot and 5-2 corner advantage in the win. Mack had four attempts, three of which were on frame. Barwick had a save in the win, picking up her fourth victory of the season.

Michigan will start NCAA Tournament play this Saturday (Nov. 13). The Wolverines will find out their opponent and playing location on the NCAA Selection Show this Tuesday (Nov. 9) at 8 p.m. The show will be webcast on NCAA.com.


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 1 1 2
Ohio State 1 0 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Alicia Mayer, 12:42 (Zara Saydjari)
1st -- OSU, Jena Cacciatore, 25:02 (Aisling McKeon)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 41:11 (Katie Adams)

Shots: U-M 9, OSU 4
Saves: U-M 1 (Christi Barwick), OSU 2 (Ally Tunitis)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, OSU 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 5, OSU 2



• Michigan wins the Big Ten Tournament title for the fifth time in school history. The Wolverines won the crown in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010.

Paige Laytos was named to the all-tournament team for the second time in her career. She also earned the honor in 2007.

• U-M now owns a 6-5 advantage on Ohio State in Big Ten Tournament play.

• The Maize and Blue now has a 17-12 all-time record in the Big Ten Tournament.

• The Wolverines advance to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth time in school history. Michigan won the NCAA championship in 2001 and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2003. This is the first time the Wolverines have advanced to the tournament since 2007.

• Mack now has 16 goals on the season and is just one shy of tying the program record for goals by a freshman in a single season, owned by April Fronzioni (2000-03), who scored 17 goals her first season at U-M.

• Mack is Michigan's fifth conference tournament Most Valuable Player in school history. She tallied four goals and two assists in three games.

• Mayer scored her 11th goal of the season and now gives U-M two players with 30 points on the season (Mack has 36).


Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On the key to defeating Ohio State in the final ... "Ohio State is a fantastic team. Their individual skill sets are amazing, so we were just trying really hard to stay in front and play good defense and it took one, two, three, maybe four of us to do it, but we got it done today and I was really proud of our team."

On the growth of the team throughout the year ... "It's a good time to start playing well. We were just trying to do the easiest thing possible and try to play the simple game, pass and use each other a lot. We tried to stick to that game plan throughout the match today and it worked out."

On the play of the backfield in today's final ... "We had an outstanding backfield today. Again, Ohio State is so skilled and I thought Hannah (Dawson) played so well today. They've played solid all season as a unit and I was proud of them today."

On Rachael's Mack game-winner ... "The game-winning goal was outstanding. Katie had the ball and made a beautiful reverse-stick pass through the D and Rachael just got her stick on it and really went hard to the ball, so it was a wonderful game-winning goal."

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423