Oct. 20, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Buckeye Varsity Field)
Score: #19 Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (OT)
Records: U-M (9-6, 2-2 Big Ten), Ohio State (4-10, 0-4 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), 2 p.m. PST
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner to propel the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team past Ohio State, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 20) at Buckeye Varsity Field. With the effort, Mack upped her career goal tally to 69 to establish a new U-M program record for career goals.
Mack netted the game-winning goal at the 75:47 mark on a rocket shot to the opposite side of the Buckeye cage. She initiated the U-M attack on a long pass to the left corner, where senior/junior Lauren Hauge (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall HS) kept it in bounds and fed it back to Mack in the circle. The Wolverine captain spun around a defender, moving to open space near the top of the circle and launched a shot into the netting on the right side of the cage. It was Mack's fourth game-winner of the season.
The Wolverines appeared to have ended the game minutes early on an overtime penalty-corner opportunity, but senior/junior Leslie Smith's (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) shot, which hit the top of the board, was deemed too high.
Coach Marcia Pankratz
Ohio State had struck first in the contest, at the 12:56 mark, after controlling the early part of play. The Buckeyes took advantage of a long hit on the right sideline to move the ball into the circle, where Nina Laudahn fired a shot past fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) to the opposite side of the cage.
Mack knotted the score in the waning seconds of the half, using a deflection to pull U-M even at halftime. Senior/junior Sammy Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) hammered a pass into the circle from the left side, and Mack, camped out in front, tipped it high into the OSU net.
Michigan dominated play in the second half, outshooting the Buckeyes, 14-3, and outcornering them, 9-0, but could not capitalize. The Wolverines drew seven corners, including six in a row, early in the frame, but Buckeye goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux came up with eight saves in the half.
U-M's best opportunity came on a low cross-circle Mack shot midway through the frame that just missed wide, while Jones came up big on a point-blank Buckeye shot in the closing minute of the half.
Michigan outshot the Buckeyes, 19-5, and outcornered, 10-1, in the contest. Jones earned two saves in the winning effort, while OSU goalkeeper Sarah Lemieux stopped eight of 10 shots on goals.
The Wolverines will remain on the road next weekend, heading to Palo Alto, Calif., for a pair of non-conference games. U-M will face host Stanford at 2 p.m. PST on Friday (Oct. 25) before wrapping the road trip with a 3 p.m. neutral-site game against Pacific on Saturday (Oct. 26). The Stanford contest will be aired live on the Pac-12 Network.
Shots: U-M 19, OSU 5
Saves: U-M 2 (Haley Jones), OSU 8 (Sarah Lemieux)
Defensive Saves: none
Penalty Corners: U-M 10, OSU 1
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423