Wolverines Drop OT Heartbreaker against No. 11 Wake Forest

Leslie Smith
Leslie Smith

Aug. 31, 2014

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Site: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Francis E. Henry Stadium)
Event: ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Score: #11 Wake Forest 3, #7 Michigan 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (0-2), WF (1-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 6 -- vs. William & Mary (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team scored with time expired to force overtime but could not complete the comeback, falling to No. 11 Wake Forest, 3-2, in the final game of the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 31) at UNC's Francis E. Henry Stadium.

After dominating possession and scoring opportunities for most of the second half, the Wolverines converted on their third of three consecutive penalty corners in the final minute of regulation as fifth-year senior Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) hit the board, with time expired, on a rocket shot from the scoring arc. Junior Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) and fifth-year senior Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) earned assists on the stop and the push, respectively.

Wake Forest responded in overtime, however, drawing two quick penalty corners -- both turned away by Michigan -- before ending the contest at the 74:14 mark on a two-on-one goal in front from Abbey Thornhill. Jess Newak initiated the counter attack on the right sideline, carrying the ball into the Wolverine defensive zone and, with only one defender back, rifling a pass into the circle to Thornhill, who directed the ball into the lower right corner.

The Demon Deacons carried the advantage for the bulk of the game after converting on a pair of penalty corners in the first half. Their first tally, which opened scoring at 4:49, came on a penalty stroke that resulted from a goal-line foul on their first corner opportunity of the contest. Anna Koziuk scored the stroke to the left side of the cage, just past junior/sophomore goalkeeper Chris Lueb's (Den Bosch, Netherlands/Staples HS (Conn.)) blocker.

Scavelli evened the score 10 minutes later, at 14:54, after an impressive pass play around the top of the circle. McCallister entered the ball from the left sideline to junior Jaime Dean (Marathon, N.Y./Whitney Point HS) just inside the circle; Dean passed it freshman Morgan Malone (Granby, Conn./Wyoming Seminary) at the top, and Malone dished it to Scavelli, who wound up and drove a hard, low shot to the opposite lower corner.

Michigan maintained momentum following goal and just missed on a McCallister diving shot wide, a blocked corner shot and another wide top from Scavelli from the left goal post. But it was Wake Forest that scored next, converting on a late corner opportunity at the 30:52 mark. The corner opportunity followed a Michigan turnover near its defensive 25; Georgia Holland scored the goal on the direct shot.

U-M threatened throughout the second half, outshooting the Demon Deacons, 11-6, and outcornered them, 6-2, including five consecutive corner opportunities -- without success -- early in the frame. Michigan just missed on additional opportunities midway through but lost its momentum after McCallister earned a yellow card while stopping a one-on-one Wake Forest scoring chance late.

With McCallister back on for the final eight minutes, the Wolverines picked up the pace and attacked the Wake Forest defensive zone, eventually drawing the series of corner opportunities and netting the tying goal to force overtime.

Michigan outshot the Demon Deacons, 17-12, and outcornered them, 10-8, in the contest. Lueb and freshman Sam Swenson (Harrogate, England/Ashville College) again split time in goal; Lueb recorded one save in the first half, while Swenson earned five stops in the second half and overtime, including back-to-back blocks on a Wake corner late in regulation. Wake Forest goalkeeper Valerie Dahmen earned three stops, while Koziuk added a defensive save.

The Wolverines will kick off the home portion of their 2014 schedule next weekend, hosting a pair of non-conference games at the newly renovated Phyllis Ocker Field. U-M will face William & Mary at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 6) before wrapping the weekend against Central Michigan at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 7). All regular-season home games are free admission.

GAME SUMMARY

By Periods 1 2 OT F
Michigan 1 1 0 2
Wake Forest 2 0 1 3

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- WF, Anna Koziuk, 4:49 (penalty stroke)
1st -- U-M, Shannon Scavelli, 14:54 (Morgan Malone)
1st -- WF, Georgia Holland, 30:52 (Kalli Vicars)
2nd -- U-M, Leslie Smith, 70:00 (Scavelli, Ainsley McCallister)
OT -- WF, Abbey Thornhill, 74:14 (Jess Newak)

Shots: U-M 17, WF 12
Saves: U-M 6 (Chris Lueb 1, Sam Swenson 5), WF 3 (Valeria Dahmen)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, WF 1
Penalty Corners: U-M 10, WF 8

Contact: Leah Howard