Oct. 8, 2013
Inside Michigan Field Hockey | Weekend Preview
Athlete Spotlight: Taryn Mark
Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 3 p.m.
Live Stats | TV: Big Ten Network
Sunday, Oct. 13 -- vs. Central Michigan (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
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Game Day Information: Phyllis Ocker Field Information | Free Admission
The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (7-5, 1-1 Big Ten) will face a pair of intrastate rivals this weekend, traveling to East Lansing, Mich., to play Michigan State (5-7, 2-0 Big Ten) at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 11) before returning home to meet Central Michigan (4-6) at 1 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 13) at Phyllis Ocker Field.
Friday's match against rival Michigan State will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
The Wolverines remain undefeated at home in 2013 after claiming a weekend sweep against Iowa (3-2) and Ball State (10-2) to improve to 5-0 at Ocker Field. U-M has outscored its home opposition this season, 25-5.
Senior Rachael Mack netted a career-best four goals against Ball State (Oct. 6). It is the most single-game goals for a Wolverine player since Jessica Blake netted four against Central Michigan on Sept. 17, 2004. It is also Mack's seventh career hat trick.
With her five-goal weekend effort, Mack upped her career goal tally to 66 and moved into second place among U-M's career goals leaders, passing Mary Callam (64, 1976-79). She is just two goals shy of program record-holder April Fronzoni (68, 2000-03). With 151 career points, Mack is also just four points shy of record-holder Fronzoni (155).
Mack ranks second nationally with 1.17 goal per game this season and shares the second spot with 2.75 points per game.
Senior/junior Leslie Smith claimed her fifth penalty stroke goal of the season early in the first half against Ball State (Oct. 6). She is 5-for-6 on penalty-stroke opportunities this season and 7-for-9 on career opportunities.
Smith assisted on the Wolverines' game-winning goal in the second half vs. Iowa (Oct. 5), upping her season total to a Big Ten-leading nine. She also ranks seventh nationally 0.75 assists per game.
Twelve different Michigan players have scored at least one goal this season. Six different Wolverines scored in U-M's most-recent outing, a 10-2 decision vs. Ball State (Oct. 6), including sophomore Taryn Mark and senior/junior Lauren Hauge, who both netted the first goal of their collegiate careers.
Michigan's 10 goals against Ball State (Oct. 6) were the program's greatest single-game total since scoring 10 vs. Saint Louis on Sept. 13, 2008.
Sophomore Shannon Scavelli and junior Emy Guttman both tallied a goal apiece in each of the Wolverines' weekend games. Scavelli and sophomore Jaime Dean, who scored in the second half vs. Ball State, both already boast career highs with four and three goals this season, respectively.
Michigan's 3-2 victory over Iowa marks its biggest comeback win since overcoming a two-goal halftime deficit against Michigan State last season, knocking off the Spartans 3-2 in overtime.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Michigan State -- The Spartans are 5-7 entering the weekend, most recently falling to Miami University (2-0, Oct. 6), but carry a 2-0 Big Ten record with wins over Ohio State (3-2) and Indiana (4-3). Junior Allie Ahern leads MSU with nine goals on the season, while fifth-year senior Molly Cassidy has earned the bulk of the minutes in the cage, compiling a 2.30 goals-against average and .632 save percentage. The Wolverines lead the all-time series against Michigan State, 37-23-6, and have won three straight meetings, including a 3-2 overtime victory last season in Ann Arbor.
Central Michigan -- The Chippewas carry a 4-6 season record after edging Ball State (1-0, Oct. 5) in their most-recent outing. Junior Mary Alice Moore leads CMU with four goals, while goalkeeper sophomore Sadie Reynolds owns a 2.02 goals-against average and .775 save percentage in the cage. Michigan owns a 31-15-2 advantage in the all-time series against Central Michigan and has won each of the last three meetings, including a 1-0 in last season's regular-season finale in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines swept their weekend homestand, rallying from a two-goal deficit to edge No. 15 Iowa (3-2, Oct. 5) before routing Ball State (10-2, Oct. 6) at Phyllis Ocker Field. Michigan gave up a pair of goals in the opening eight minutes against Iowa but evened up the score before halftime, before senior Rachael Mack netted the game-winner off a penalty corner at 39:22. Mack added a career-best four goals against Ball State as seven different Wolverine players scored goals in U-M's most lopsided victory in five years. [ Recaps: Iowa | Ball State ]
Sunday, Oct. 20 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m.