Sept. 2, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #10 Michigan 2, #22 Maine 0
Records: U-M (2-2), Maine (1-4)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Sept. 7 -- at Albany (Albany, N.Y.), 2 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team scored a pair of first-half goals en route to its first shutout win of the season, blanking No. 22 Maine, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 2) at Phyllis Ocker Field. With the victory, the Wolverines evened their season record at 2-2.
Freshman Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) and senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) accounted for U-M's offensive production, both registering their first collegiate goal during a five-minute stretch midway through the opening half.
Scavelli's goal came off the Wolverines' first penalty-corner opportunity of the contest. Instead of taking a direct shot at the top of the circle, junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) dribbled the ball to the right side before firing it a low bouncing shot. Scavelli got her stick on it and redirected a shot along the turf past Black Bear goalkeeper Syndey Kolysher at the 14:50 mark.
Morris scored less than five minutes later, at 19:15, on a diving shot deep in the circle. Junior Michelle Roberts (Pocomoke, Md./Pocomoke HS) carried the ball into the circle, pulling the defender and goalie to the left side before passing to Morris, who laid out to reach the ball and knock it into the lower right corner of the cage.
U-M outshot the Black Bears 10-3, including 6-2 in a scoreless second half, and outcornered them 7-4. Senior/junior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) did not face a shot on goal but picked up the shutout -- the eighth of her career -- while Kolysher earned six saves in the Maine goal.
Michigan (2-2) will return to the road next weekend, heading to Albany, N.Y., to face a pair of ranked non-conference opponents. U-M squares off against No. 19 Albany at 2 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 7) and No. 6 Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 8). Both games will be hosted at the Great Danes' Alumni Turf.
Shots: U-M 10, Maine 3
Saves: U-M 0 (Haley Jones), Maine 6 (Sydney Kolysher 5)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, Maine 1
Penalty Corners: U-M 7, Maine 4
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423