Aug. 26, 2012
Site: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Kentner Stadium)
Event: ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Score: #13 Wake Forest 2, #10 Michigan 1
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Sept. 1 -- vs. Delaware (Phyllis Ocker Field), 2 p.m.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team could not hang onto its early advantage, falling at No. 13 Wake Forest, 2-1, in its final game of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Sunday (Aug. 26) at the Demon Deacons' Kentner Stadium.
The Wolverines started strong, outshooting and outcornering Wake Forest in the first half, but the Demon Deacons surged in the second, boasting a 14-3 shot margin and a pair of goals, including the go-ahead goal with just 77 seconds remaining in regulation play, to steal away the match.
Junior Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke HS) tallied the game's first goal in the waning seconds of the first half, getting her stick on a penalty corner shot and redirecting it past WF goalkeeper Kaitlyn Ruhf at the 34:41. Freshman Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury) earned an assist -- her first collegiate point -- for the initial shot.
Michigan held the advantage through 15 minutes of the second half until the Demon Deacons took advantage of a deflection of their own, from Tyra Clemmenson on a shot from outside the circle at 49:40.
Wake Forest continued to pressure inside the U-M circle, registering nine shots until finding the back of the cage with an unassisted goal from the top of the circle from Anna Kozniuk at the 68:43 mark. Michigan pulled senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) but could not get a shot off in the final minute of play.
Through two halves, Wake Forest posted a 17-8 shot margin, while the Wolverines held a 5-3 advantage in penalty corners. Jones earned a career-high nine saves in the cage for Michigan; Ruhf stopped four shots for the Demon Deacons.
The Wolverines will kick off the home portion of their 2012 schedule next weekend, hosting Delaware on Saturday (Sept. 1) and Maine on Sunday (Sept. 2). Both contests are slated for 2 p.m. starts at Phyllis Ocker Field.
Shots: U-M 8, WF 17
Saves: U-M 9 (Haley Jones), WF 4 (Kaitlyn Ruhf)
Defensive Saves: None
Penalty Corners: U-M 5, WF 3
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423