Wolverines Use Second-Half Surge to Beat Maine
Lauren Thomas

Sep 1, 2013

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Site: Orono, Maine (Maine Field Hockey Complex)
Score: #9 Michigan 4, Maine 2
Records: U-M (1-1), Maine (0-2)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Sept. 7 -- vs. North Carolina - ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Iowa City, Iowa), 2 p.m. CDT

ORONO, Maine -- The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team used a strong second half to surge past Maine, 4-2, for its first win of the 2013 season on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 1) at the Maine Field Hockey Complex. The victory is the 200th for head coach Marcia Pankratz in her 14th year at the helm of the Wolverine program.

Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored two goals against the Black Bears, both in the first half, to up her weekend total to three tallies. She gave U-M a quick lead, scoring on the game's first shot on a steal at the 1:16 mark. Michigan batted the ball into the circle from the right side, and a Maine defender stopped it front of the cage and attempted a pass at the one-yard line. Mack swiped at the ball and got her stick on it, knocking it into the cage.

The Black Bears responded quickly, however, with two goals in similar fashion. Cassidy Svetek fed the ball into the circle from the right, and as fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) stepped up to challenge, it got past her. Kaitlynn Stymiest was camped out in front and tapped it into the empty cage at 3:23. Svetek set up Maine's second goal just seven minutes later, at 10:12, feeding a forward pass to Marrisa Shaw, who knocked it in from the left side.

Maine held the advantage until the waning moments of the half when Mack evened the score on the direct shot of a late Wolverine penalty corner, carrying the ball to the right before blasting a hard, low shot to the board at 31:12. Senior/juniors Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) and Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists for the stop and the insert, respectively.

The Wolverines then broke through on a penalty corner opportunity at the 55:58 mark. Sophomore Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) scored on the direct shot, taking the insert from Smith and sweeping it into the lower left corner of the cage for the game-winner.

Michigan added an insurance goal less than five minutes later, at 60:32, on a redirection from senior Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke HS). Senior/junior Sammy Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) drove the ball into the circle from the right 25, and Roberts got her stick on it to tip it in.

Maine pulled the goalie for an extra attacker with five minutes left in regulation, but play stayed in the Black Bears' defensive half for most of the remaining time. Mack just missed completing a hat-trick performance, sending an open-net redirection just wide of the cage.

Michigan outshot the Black Bears, 15-9, and outcornered them, 7-0. Jones earned three saves in the Wolverine cage -- Thomas also picked up a defensive save -- while Ford and Kolysher Sydney combined for three stops for Maine.

The Wolverines will head to Iowa City, Iowa, next weekend to participate in the annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. U-M will face North Carolina on Saturday (Sept. 7) and Wake Forest on Sunday (Sept. 8). Both Michigan games are slated for a 2 p.m. CDT at the Hawkeyes' Grant Field.


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 2 2 4
Maine 2 0 2

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 1:16 (unassisted)
1st -- Maine, Kaitlynn Stymiest, 3:23 (Cassidy Svetek)
1st -- Maine, Marissa Shaw, 10:12 (Svetek)
1st -- U-M, Mack, 31:12 (Ainsley McCallister, Leslie Smith)
2nd -- U-M, Lauren Thomas, 55:58 (Smith)
2nd -- U-M, Michelle Roberts, 60:32 (Sammy Gray)

Shots: U-M 15, Maine 9
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Jones), Maine 3 (Natasha Ford 1, Kolysher Sydney 2)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, Maine 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 7, Maine 0

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