Sept. 17, 2013
The University of Michigan field hockey team (3-3) returns to the road for a pair of non-conference games this weekend, traveling to Williamsburg, Va., on Friday (Sept. 20) to face William & Mary (2-4) at 7 p.m. before heading to College Park, Md., to take on No. 2 Maryland (6-0) at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 22). It is the Wolverines' fourth road trip in five weekends of play this season.
Senior Rachael Mack, who was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday, leads the conference in several offensive statistics, including goals (6) and points (15). Mack has scored at least one goal in five of six games this season. She also shares the 12th spot among the national goals-per-game leaders (1.00).
Mack ranks third among U-M's all-time leaders in both career goals and career points. She needs six goals to reach the second spot in the former category, currently held by Mary Callam (64, 1976-79), and needs just three points to reach Callam (136) in the latter.
Eight different Michigan players have scored at least one goal this season. Six different Wolverines scored in U-M's most-recent outing, a 6-1 decision vs. UC Davis (Sept. 15), including freshman Eliza Stein, who netted the first goal of her collegiate career.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones earned five saves en route to a 1-0 shutout vs. No. 16 Louisville last Saturday (Sept. 14) -- her first shutout win of the season. Now with 14.5 shutouts in her career, she ranks fifth among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category (tied with Molly Maloney, 2000-04).
Senior/junior Leslie Smith already owns five assists on the season -- nearly half of her 2012 season total (12). She ranks second the Big Ten and ranks seventh among the nation's assists-per-game leaders (0.83).
Michigan has matched or outshot five of six opponents this season and outcornered all six opposing teams.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
William & Mary -- The Tribe carries a 2-4 record into the weekend and have lost four straight, including road games at Duke (2-1, Sept. 13) and Wake Forest (4-0, Sept. 15) last weekend. Senior Taylor Hodge is William & Mary's early scoring leader with three goals, while nine other players have tallied one goal apiece. Junior/sophomore Cate Johnson has played the bulk of time in the cage and carries a 2.94 goals-against average and .630 save percentage. Michigan is 3-1 in the all-time series against the Tribe and won the most-recent meeting, 3-2 in double overtime, in 2000.
Maryland -- The Terrapins are a perfect 6-0 on the season, most recently defeating Columbia (9-2, Sept. 14) and Miami of Ohio (6-0, Sept. 15) at home last weekend. Senior Jill Witmer, a three-time All-American, currently leads the Terps in scoring with six goals and five assists, while junior Maxine Fluharty owns five markers. Senior Natalie Hunter has earned the bulk of playing time in the Terp cage, carrying a 1.19 goals-against average and .750 save percentage through six appearances. Maryland owns an 11-1 advantage in the all-time series against Michigan, dating back to 1998. U-M's lone victory came in the 2001 NCAA championship game.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines swept their first home weekend of the season last weekend, shutting out No. 16-ranked Louisville (1-0, Sept. 14) before routing UC Davis (6-1, Sept. 15) at Phyllis Ocker Field. Senior Rachael Mack netted the lone goal against the Cardinals, scoring on a broken corner opportunity in the first half, and added a goal and three assists the next day vs. UC Davis. She was one of six different U-M players to score against the Aggies; freshman Eliza Stein scored her first collegiate goal, while sophomore Shannon Scavelli and senior/junior Ainsley McCallister both netted their first of the season. Fifth-year senior Haley Jones earned seven saves through two games, including five in a shutout effort vs. Louisville. [ Recaps: Louisville | UC Davis ]
Friday, Sept. 27 -- vs. Missouri State (Phyllis Ocker Field), 4 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 29 -- at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.), Noon CDT