Wolverines Drop Season Opener to No. 2 North Carolina
Sammy Gray

Aug. 25, 2012


Site: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Kentner Stadium)
Event: ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Score: #2 North Carolina 5, #10 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (0-1), UNC (1-0)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Aug. 26 -- at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 11:30 a.m.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team dropped its 2012 season opener, falling to No. 2 North Carolina, 5-1, in the first game of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 25) at Wake Forest's Kentner Stadium.

The Tar Heels, the NCAA runner-up in 2011, held a sizable 21-2 advantage in shots, including 12 on goal, and outcornered Michigan, 9-2. UNC took advantage of an early start, scoring two goals in the first half and building up a three-goal advantage before adding a pair of insurance tallies late.

Trailing three goals midway through the second half, junior/sophomore Sammy Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) notched the Wolverines' lone goal on the direct shot off a penalty corner at the 56:13 mark. Senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) and junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists on the stop and the push, respectively.

The Tar Heels responded with back-to-back deflection goals from J Gaudioso Radvancy in the final 10 minutes to put the game away.

The Wolverines will wrap up play at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge tomorrow (Sunday, Aug. 26), taking the field against host Wake Forest at 11:30 a.m. at Kentner Stadium.


By Periods 1 2 F
North Carolina 2 3 5
Michigan 0 1 1

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- UNC, Caitlin Van Sickle, 7:34 (Emily Wold)
1st -- UNC, Kelsey Kolojejchick, 34:17 (unassisted)
2nd -- UNC, Marta Malmberg, 54:49 (Katie Ardrey, Kolojejchick)
2nd -- U-M, Sammy Gray, 56:13 (Liesl Morris, Leslie Smith)
2nd -- UNC, J Gaudioso Radvany, 67:21 (unassisted)
2nd -- UNC, Radvany, 69:32 (Van Sickle)

Shots: U-M 2, UNC 21
Saves: U-M 7 (Haley Jones), UNC 0 (Caitlin Powers, Sassi Ammer)
Defensive Saves: None
Penalty Corners: U-M 2, UNC 9

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