Michigan field hockey rallies for NCAA Tournament win and more Saturday results
The Michigan field hockey team averages 2.95 goals per game.
So when the No. 8-ranked Wolverines fell behind 3-0 to No. 9 New Hampshire on Saturday, it looked like their NCAA Tournament run would be a short one.
But then Rachael Mack took over.
The sophomore from Bromsgrove, England scored three goals, including the game-winner in the 67th minute of the Wolverines’ 5-4 victory in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Michigan advances to play top-seeded North Carolina at 2 p.m. Sunday.
New Hampshire (17-5) scored three goals in the game’s first 24 minutes before Mack cut into the lead to pull the Wolverines within 3-1 at halftime.
Michigan’s Eileen Brandes and Axelle Wouters scored the first two goals of the second half to tie the game at 3-3 before New Hampshire’s Whitney Frates put the Wildcats back ahead in the 60th minute.
Mack tied the game in the 66th minute and put Michigan (15-6) ahead 43 seconds later.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Great Lakes Regional: Individual champion Danielle Tauro led Michigan to a first-place finish and an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships to be run Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. Michigan’s Rebbeca Addison (second), Jillian Smith (fifth) and Taylor Pogue (eighth) also finished in the top 10. Victoria Voronko finished 36th for 13th-place Eastern Michigan. (Details)
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Great Lakes Regional: Michigan got three top-25 performances to finish third, one spot shy of an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Craig Forys (third), Bobby Aprill (14th) and Brendan Blacklaws (25th) were the Wolverines’ top finishers. Eastern Michigan, which finished 16th, was led by a 27th-place finish by Terefe Ejigu. (Details)
VOLLEYBALL Toledo 3, Eastern Michigan 2: Rachel Iaquaniello had her 12th double-double (22 kills, 17 digs) of the season, but the Eagles lost their final regular season game after winning two of the first three sets. (Details)