Week #8: U-M to Return to the Road to Face Buckeyes Sunday
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Oct. 15, 2013

THIS WEEK
Sunday, Oct. 20 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m.
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The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (8-6, 1-2 Big Ten) will return to the road this weekend, traveling down to Columbus, Ohio, to face rival Ohio State (4-8, 0-2 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 20) at Buckeye Varsity Field. The match marks the final road Big Ten contest for the Wolverines this season.

WOLVERINE BITES

• With 67 career goals, senior captain Rachael Mack is just one goal shy of program record-holder April Fronzoni (68, 2000-03). With 153 career points, Mack is also just two points shy of record-holder Fronzoni (155).

• Mack ranks sixth nationally with 1.07 goals per game, while senior/junior Leslie Smith ranks 11th nationally with 0.64 assists per game.

• Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister and sophomore Shannon Scavelli both own a career-best five goals this season. Scavelli has scored in three of the last four games, while McCallister has tallied at least one point in five of the last six.

• Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones earned her 16th career shutout in U-M's 2-0 win against Central Michigan (Oct. 13), moving her to fourth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. She is tied with Beth Riley (2003-06).

• The Wolverines have matched or outshot their opponents in 12 of 14 games this season.

• 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

• Twelve different Michigan players have scored at least one goal this season. Six different Wolverines scored in U-M's 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.

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The Last Meeting
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November 1, 2012
Iowa City, Iowa
Michigan Advances Past OSU, Will Face IU Friday at Big Tens
An own goal at 46:18 was the difference as No. 13 U-M blanked Ohio State, 1-0, in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan will face Indiana Friday (Nov. 2, 5 p.m.) CDT in the semis live on BTN.

SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION

Ohio State -- The Buckeyes are 4-8 on the season and 0-2 in Big Ten play after dropping league contests to Michigan State (3-2, Sept. 28) and, in their most-recent outing, Penn State (6-1, Oct. 11). Sophomore Peanut Johnson leads OSU with eight goals, while junior goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux owns a 2.88 goals-against average and .610 save percentage. Michigan carries a 32-26-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Buckeyes and has won each of the last two meetings, including a 1-0 shutout last season in Ann Arbor.

LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines split their weekend games against intrastate rivals, dropping a heartbreaking, 3-2 decision in double overtime at Michigan State (Oct. 11) before bouncing back with a 2-0 shutout at home against Central Michigan (Oct. 13). Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister posted a goal and an assist against the Spartans as U-M twice evened the score in the second half to force overtime, and she netted the game-winner early in the second frame against the Chippewas. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones earned five saves over the weekend and picked up a complete-game shutout -- U-M's third of the season -- in the finale vs. CMU. [ Recaps: Michigan State | Central Michigan ]

UP NEXT
Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2 p.m. PDT
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- vs. Pacific (Palo Alto, Calif.), 3 p.m. PDT

   

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