Nov. 5, 2013
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 7-10
Buckeye Varsity Field (Columbus, Ohio)
Thursday, Nov. 7
Game 1 -- #4 Seed Michigan vs. #5 Seed Iowa, 10 a.m.
Game 2 -- #2 Seed Northwestern vs. #7 Seed Ohio State, 12:15 p.m.
Game 3 -- #3 Seed Michigan State vs. #6 Seed Indiana, 2:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 8
Game 4 -- #1 Seed Penn State vs. Michigan/Iowa winner, 10 a.m. (TV: Big Ten Network, live)
Game 5 -- Northwestern/Ohio State winner vs. Michigan State/Indiana winner, 4 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network, tape-delay)
Sunday, Nov. 10
Game 6 -- Semifinal #1 winner vs. Semifinal #2 winner, Noon (TV: Big Ten Network, live)
The No. 18-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team (12-7) will start postseason play this week at the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at Buckeye Varsity Field in Columbus, Ohio. The No. 4-seeded Wolverines will open play against No. 5-seeded Iowa (11-7) in the first round at 10 a.m. on Thursday (Nov. 7). That game will be streamed live via the MGoBlue All-Access Player. Both semifinal matches and the championship game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Michigan will look to reclaim the Big Ten Tournament title and capture its sixth in school history. The Wolverines won back to-back tournament crowns in 1999 and 2000 and again in 2004 and 2005 before most recently capturing the 2010 title. U-M has advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship game in 11 of the last 16 seasons.
The Big Ten will announce its award winners for the 2013 season on Thursday (Nov. 7). The Wolverines have won 17 individual awards since 1997 but have not claimed a player award since current assistant coach Lucia Belassi was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2007. At least one Wolverine has been picked for the All-Big Ten first team each year since 1995. Last season, Michigan had four players on the All-Big Ten teams; Rachael Mack was a unanimous first-team selection, while Haley Jones, Leslie Smith and Lauren Thomas were named to the second team.
Ohio State will serve as the host of the Big Ten Tournament for the fifth time since its inception in 1994. The Wolverines are 5-3 in conference tournament games in Columbus, Ohio, capturing the 1999 tournament title as the No. 3 seed before claiming runner-up honors in 2002 and 2007.
The Wolverines went 8-0 at Phyllis Ocker Field this season, outscoring their home opposition, 33-9. The last time U-M boasted a perfect home record was 2002 when the Wolverines went 10-0.
Senior Rachael Mack scored both of the Wolverines' game-winning goals over the weekend, netting the overtime game-winner vs. Penn State (Nov. 1) before tallying the winning goal with just 1:22 left against Indiana (Nov. 3). She boasts seven game-winning goals this season.
Michigan is 2-1 in overtime games this season. In addition to last weekend's 2-1 win against Penn State, the Wolverines edged Ohio State, 3-2, on Oct. 20. Mack scored both overtime game-winners on assists from senior/junior Lauren Hauge.
U-M also earned three comeback wins in Big Ten play this season -- vs. Iowa (Oct. 5), at Ohio State (Oct. 20) and vs. Indiana (Nov. 3). Michigan overcame two-goal deficits against both the Hawkeyes and the Hoosiers.
Mack scored two goals against Ohio State (Oct. 20), including the overtime game-winner, to become the Wolverines' all-time leading scorer, establishing new U-M program records for both career goals and career points. Mack replaced former three-time All-American April Fronzoni (2000-03) as U-M's record-holder in both categories. Fronzoni's records for career goals (68) and career points (155) had stood for 10 years. Mack has since improved her marks to 73 career goals and 166 career points.
Mack owns a career-best 21 goals this season. It shares the fourth spot among U-M's single-season goals leaders. Her previous best was 19, which she tallied last season.
Mack ranks second nationally with 1.11 goals per game and 2.53 points per game.
Six returning Wolverine players own career highs in goals this season: senior/junior Leslie Smith (9) senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (6), sophomore Shannon Scavelli (6), sophomore Jaime Dean (3), senior/junior Lauren Hauge (1) and sophomore Taryn Mark (1).
Senior/junior Leslie 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.
Smith owns five penalty-stroke goals this season, scoring three against Missouri State (Sept. 27). She is 5-for-6 on penalty-stroke opportunities this season and 7-for-9 on career opportunities
Fourteen different Michigan players have scored at least one goal this season.
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.
The Wolverines have matched or outshot their opponents in 16 of 19 games this season.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines wrapped up the regular season with a home weekend sweep against No. 6 Penn State (2-1 OT, Nov. 1) and Indiana (4-3, Nov. 3). Michigan led for the bulk of the former contest, before PSU evened the score late to force overtime. Senior Rachael Mack then netted the game-winner 8:10 into the extra frame. Mack also scored the game-winning goal late against the Hoosiers, capping a U-M comeback that produced three goals in the final 12 minutes of the second half. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones posted eight saves over the weekend, including seven in the upset win over the Nittany Lions. [ Recaps: Penn State | Indiana ]
Sunday, Nov. 10 -- NCAA Selection Show (NCAA.com), 10 p.m.