Wolverine Trio Named to Big Ten's Players to Watch List

Aug 22, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan field hockey senior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and sophomore Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) were named to the Big Ten Conference Players to Watch list, the conference office announced Thursday (Aug. 22).

Mack, a forward, led the Maize and Blue with 19 goals and 45 points in 2012. She posted five multi-goal efforts and tallied at least one point in 16 of 22 games this season, including a career-best 10-game scoring streak. She is a three-time NFHCA All-American and a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning first accolades in 2011 and 2012. She boasts 52 career goals and 118 career points, ranking among U-M's top-four leaders in both categories.

McCallister, a midfielder, will return to the Wolverine lineup after redshirting the 2012 season due to injury. She made her first U.S. Under-21 team this summer and represented the United States at the Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, appearing in all six games for Team USA, which posted a 3-3 record en route to seventh place. McCallister started all 22 Wolverine games at midfield as a sophomore in 2011, and owns three career goals and eight assists.

Thomas, a back, started all 22 games in the Wolverine backfield and served as one of two primary strikers on U-M's corner unit as a freshman last season. She finished fifth on the team in points (12) and ranked second among the Wolverine newcomers with five goals, including four over the last eight games of the season. She was named to the All-Big Ten second team and Longstreth/NFHCA All-West Region second team.

Michigan will open the 2013 season, its 41st of intercollegiate play, on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, at the Maine Field Hockey complex in Orono, Maine. U-M will face Massachusetts at 1 p.m. on Saturday before returning the following day for a 1 p.m. contest against host Maine.

2013 Big Ten Field Hockey Players to Watch

Hannah Boyer, Indiana
Audra Heilman, Indiana
Danielle McNally, Indiana
Karli Johansen, Iowa
Niki Schultheis, Iowa
Marike Stribos, Iowa
Rachael Mack, Michigan
Ainsley McCallister, Michigan
Lauren Thomas, Michigan

Abby Barker, Michigan State
Molly Cassidy, Michigan State
Becky Stiles, Michigan State
Maddy Carpenter, Northwestern
Nikki Parsley, Northwestern
Tara Puffenburger, Northwestern
Arielle Cowie, Ohio State
Mona Frommhold, Ohio State
Peanut Johnson, Ohio State
Laura Gebhart, Penn State
Brittany Grzywacz, Penn State
Whitney Reddig, Penn State

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