Oct. 15, 2013
Sunday, Oct. 20 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m.
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.
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.
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 ]
Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2 p.m. PDT
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- vs. Pacific (Palo Alto, Calif.), 3 p.m. PDT