Nov. 19, 2013
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- University of Michigan senior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) of the Wolverine field hockey team was named the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I West Region Player of the Year, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday (Nov. 19). Senior/junior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and sophomore Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) were also named to the All-West Region teams.
Mack is the first Wolverine player to be named a regional player of the year since the NFHCA implemented the award in 2009.
The Wolverine captain posted a career-high 21 goals, six assists and 48 points to lead the Big Ten and rank third nationally with a 1.05 goal-per-game average. She posted two hat tricks, most notably a career-best four-goal effort against Ball State, and netted seven game-winning goals this season, including a pair of overtime game-winners against league rivals Ohio State and Penn State. She was also named the 2013 Big Ten Player of the Year and unanimous selection as Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
Mack is a four-time NFHCA West Region first team selection and poised to become Michigan's first ever four-time All-American after earning second team (2011, '12) and third team (2010) accolades over her first three seasons. The Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America teams will be announced on Monday, Dec. 2, a week after the conclusion of the NCAA Championship in Norfolk, Va.
Joining Mack on the NFHCA West Region first team, McCallister recorded a career-best six goals, eight assists and 20 points this year while starting every game in the Wolverine midfield. McCallister returned to the field this season after redshirting in 2012. Also named to the All-Big Ten first team, she served as a primary contributor on the Wolverine penalty corner, splitting time over the season between inserting and stick stopping.
Thomas earned regional second team honors for the second straight season after posting two goals, four assists and eight points for the Wolverines this year. She split time between midfield and the sweeper position, and as a primary member of the U-M defensive corps, helped hold the opposition to just 2.00 goals per game and 3.63 penalty corners per game.
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