Oct. 1, 2013
Athlete Spotlight: Haley Jones
Saturday, Oct. 5 -- vs. No. 15 Iowa (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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Sunday, Oct. 6 -- vs. Ball State (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (5-5, 0-1 Big Ten) will return home this weekend, hosting No. 15 Iowa (5-4, 0-1 Big Ten) on Saturday (Oct. 5) and Ball State (5-4) on Sunday (Oct. 6) at Phyllis Ocker Field. Both games are slated for a 1 p.m. start.
The Wolverines will celebrate their alumni on Sunday with an informal pick-up game and halftime recognition. U-M will also honor the memory of former goalkeeper Rachael [Geisthardt] Townsend (1992-95), who passed away 10 years ago after completing 2003 Chicago Marathon. Michigan Athletics' annual community service award, the Rachael Townsend Best Community Service (BCS) Award, is named in her honor. It is presented to a varsity team at Michigan based on the number of service projects a team participates in through Michigan Outreach.
The Wolverines remain undefeated at home in 2013 after claiming a decisive 5-0 shutout against Missouri State last Friday (Sept. 27). With the victory, Michigan improved to 133-43 record at its home facility since its 1995 inauguration. U-M has outscored its home opposition this season, 12-1.
Senior/junior Leslie Smith earned her second career hat trick in U-M's last home game vs. Missouri State (Sept. 27), netting all three goals on penalty strokes. She is the second Wolverine player to post a hat trick this season, joining senior Rachael Mack, who previously tallied three at William and Mary (Sept. 20). Smith boasts four stroke goals this season and seven in her career; she is 7-for-9 on career opportunities.
Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister netted a goal apiece in each of the Wolverines' weekend games, upping her season goal total to a career-best three. McCallister has already doubled her career goal count. With five assists on the season, she is also just three shy of matching her previous career high.
Nine different Michigan players have scored at least one goal this season. Freshmen Eliza Stein and Sina Lampe have both tallied their first collegiate goal; the latter scoring in U-M's most-recent home game vs. Missouri State (Sept. 27).
With the Wolverines' shutout win against Missouri State (Sept. 27), fifth-year senior Haley Jones upped her career shutout total to 15, claiming sole possession of the fifth spot among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. Jones also posted a season-best nine saves in the Wolverines' loss at No. 12 Northwestern (Sept. 29). She leads the Big Ten with 43 saves this year.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Iowa -- The Hawkeyes are 5-4 this season and have dropped three of their last four games, including a 4-3 overtime loss at Northwestern last Friday (Sept. 27). Sophomore Natalie Cafone leads Iowa with nine goals and two assists, while senior Niki Schultheis owns five assists. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce has started all nine games in net, compiling a 1.42 goals-against average and .729 save percentage. Michigan trails in the all-time series against Iowa, 39-19, but has won five in a row against the Hawkeyes, including a 2-1 decision in its Big Ten regular-season finale last year. Head coach Marcia Pankratz was a two-time NCAA All-American during her collegiate career at Iowa (1982-85).
Ball State -- The Cardinals carry a 5-4 record into the weekend, defeating UC Davis (3-2, Sept. 25) and Vermont (3-0, Sept. 28) in home competition last week. Freshman Lexi Kavanaugh leads Ball State with six goals, while goalkeeper sophomore goalkeeper Shelby Henley owns a 2.34 goals-against average and .772 save percentage in the BSU cage. Michigan owns a 14-5 advantage in the all-time series against Ball State and has won each of the last 10 meetings, including a 5-0 shutout in the latest series matchup in 2011.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines split their weekend games, cruising past Missouri State (5-0, Sept. 27) before dropping their Big Ten opener at No. 12 Northwestern (4-1, Sept. 29). Senior/junior Leslie Smith netted a hat trick against the Bears, scoring all three goals on penalty strokes, while senior/junior Ainsley McCallister and freshman Sina Lampe netted one apiece. McCallister also scored U-M's lone goal at Northwestern. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones earned her second shutout of the season against the Bears and earned a season-best nine saves at Northwestern.
[ Recaps: Missouri State | Northwestern ]
Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13 -- vs. Central Michigan (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.