Oct. 29, 2013
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Game Day Information: Phyllis Ocker Field Information | Free Admission
The University of Michigan field hockey team (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten) will wrap up the regular-season portion of its 2013 schedule this weekend with a pair of Big Ten home games. U-M will host No. 6 Penn State (13-3, 5-0 Big Ten) at 4 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 1) before closing out the weekend with a noon slate against Indiana (9-8, 1-4 Big Ten) on Sunday (Nov. 3) at Phyllis Ocker Field.
The Wolverines will honor their five-member graduating class -- graduate student Alice Brown, fifth-year senior Haley Jones and seniors Rachael Mack, Michelle Roberts and Kim Sheaffer -- prior to Sunday's game vs. Indiana.
Michigan owns a perfect 6-0 record at Ocker Field this season. U-M has outscored its home opposition this season, 27-5.
Senior Rachael Mack posted a goal and an assist over the Wolverines' west-coast trip (Oct. 25-26) to add to her own school records in career goals (70) and career points (160). Mack broke April Fronzoni's (2000-03) records in both categories with a two-goal effort at Ohio State (Oct. 20).
Mack ranks second in the Big Ten and seventh nationally with 1.06 goals per game, while senior/junior Leslie Smith ranks 14th nationally with 0.59 assists per game.
Smith posted two goals and an assist in the Wolverines' 5-0 victory against Pacific (Oct. 26) for her second multi-goal effort of the season and third of her career. Smith leads the Wolverines with 10 assists this season, upping her career assist total to 25 to move within one of U-M's top-10 all-time leaders in the category.
Six returning Wolverine players own career highs in goals this season: senior/junior Leslie Smith (8) senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (6), sophomore Shannon Scavelli (6), sophomore Jaime Dean (3), senior/junior Lauren Hauge (1) and sophomore Taryn Mark (1).
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones earned a first-half save to contribute to the Wolverines' 5-0 shutout against Pacific (Oct. 26), upping her career shutout total to 16.5 to claim sole possession of fourth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category.
Thirteen different Michigan players have scored at least one goal this season.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Penn State -- The Nittany Lions enter the weekend with a 13-3 record and have already clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title with a perfect 5-0 league mark. PSU has won 12 straight matches, most recently knocking off Iowa (2-1, Oct. 25) and UC Davis (5-0, Oct. 26) last weekend. Junior Taylor Herold leads PSU with 11 goals this season, while senior/junior goalkeeper Kylie Licata owns a 1.26 goals-against average and .720 save percentage in the cage. Penn State owns a 24-15 advantage in the all-time series against U-M and has won three straight meetings, earning a 2-0 victory in the most-recent matchup in last season's Big Ten Tournament championship game.
Indiana -- The Hoosiers are 9-8 on the season and 1-4 in Big Ten play. Indiana claimed a pair of wins last weekend, defeating Ohio State (5-4, Oct. 26) and Ball State (6-1, Oct. 27). Junior Audra Heilman leads the Hoosiers with nine goals and 10 assists, while senior/junior goalkeeper Maggie Olson owns a 2.63 goals-against average and .731 save percentage. Michigan is 12-7 in the all-time series against Indiana and has won four straight meetings, including a 3-0 shutout in last year's Big Ten Tournament semifinals.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines split their west-coast trip matches, narrowly falling to No. 11-ranked host Stanford (2-1, Oct. 25) before bouncing back with a 5-0 shutout victory vs. Pacific (Oct. 26). Michigan scored in the opening five minutes of both contests. The Cardinal rallied in the former contest, tallying goals midway through each half to surge ahead, while U-M took advantage of corner opportunities to cruise in the latter. Senior/junior Leslie Smith netted two goals and an assist against the Tigers, while sophomores Lauren Thomas and Jaime Dean posted a pair of assists. Fifth-year senior Haley Jones matched a season high with nine saves against Stanford and contributed, along with sophomore/freshman Chris Lueb, to U-M's fourth shutout of the season against Pacific.
[ Recaps: Stanford | Pacific ]
Thu-Sun., Nov. 7-10 -- at Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio)