Nov. 15, 2012
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team had four players selected to the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-West Region team, the organization announced on Thursday (Nov. 15). Junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) was named to the first team, while senior/junior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS), junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) and freshman Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) garnered second team accolades.
Mack, a three-time All-West Region first team selection, boasted career highs in all statistical categories in 2012, leading the Wolverines with 19 goals and 45 points and posting seven assists. She registered a 10-game scoring streak through the heart of the season and five multi-goal games. After three years in Ann Arbor, Mack owns 52 goals and 118 points. She ranks third all-time among U-M's career goal leaders and fourth in points.
Already a two-time NFHCA All-America second team pick, Mack is now eligible for the Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America teams, which will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 20, two days after the conclusion of the NCAA Championship in Norfolk, Va.
After splitting time in the U-M cage over her previous two seasons, Jones started all 22 contests for the Wolverines in 2012. An All-Big Ten second and All-Big Ten Tournament selection, she posted a 15-7 record with a 1.62 goals-against average and a career-best .776 save percentage. With 187 saves on the season, including five double-digit save performances, Jones more than doubled her previous high in the category. She posted a career-best six shutouts, including perfect games in three of the Wolverines' final five contests of the season.
Smith and Thomas served as contributing members of the U-M defensive corps that allowed an average of 1.67 goals per game and held teams to 5.77 penalty corners per game. As the inserter on the Wolverines' penalty corner this season, Smith boasted career highs with seven goals, 12 assists and 26 points. A second team All-Big Ten selection, she tallied her first career hat trick in U-M's home opener against Delaware (Sept. 1) and went 3-for-4 on penalty-stroke opportunities. She led the Wolverines with five defensive saves.
Thomas, one of two primary strikers on U-M's corner unit, tallied five goals and two assists on the season. She scored four markers over the Wolverines' last eight contests, including two in a road victory at Indiana, while her first collegiate goal was an overtime game-winner at Albany (Sept. 7). Thomas also earned All-Big Ten second team accolades in her rookie campaign.
The Wolverines closed out the season with a 15-7 record, including a 4-2 Big Ten mark, en route to a share of second place in the league standings. Michigan advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year.
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