Sept. 7, 2012
Site: Albany, N.Y. (Alumni Turf Field)
Score: #15 Michigan 2, #21 Albany 1 (OT)
Records: U-M (3-2), Albany (2-2)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Sept. 8 -- vs. Connecticut (Albany, N.Y.), 2 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Freshmen Lauren Thomas (Aylesburg, England/Aylesbury HS) used an overtime penalty-corner opportunity to net her first collegiate goal and propel the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team to a 2-1 decision at No. 21 Albany on Friday afternoon (Sept. 7) at the Great Danes' Alumni Turf Field. The victory extended U-M's winning streak to three.
Thomas scored on the direct shot of the Wolverines' first corner of the overtime frame, rocketing a low shot past Great Dane goalkeeper Kristi Troch to end the game at the 76:46 mark. Freshman Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) and junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists for the stop and the push, respectively.
Thomas is the eighth different Wolverine player to register a goal this season and the fifth to record her first collegiate marker.
Albany forced overtime with a goal in the final minute of regulation play, taking advantage of a scramble following a Great Dane penalty corner. The initial shot was blocked in front of the U-M cage, but the Wolverines could not clear the ball as Daphne Voormolen knocked it in to even the score at 69:21. The goal culminated a second-half surge for Albany, which outshot the Wolverines, 13-7, in the half and recorded three corners and five shots in the final 10 minutes.
Junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), Michigan's leading scorer in each of the last two years, notched her first goal of the season to give her team the initial advantage in the first half. Sophomore Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) accepted a pass from outside the circle and fired a shot on goal; Mack got her stick on the ball to redirect it past Troch at the 21:48 mark.
The Great Danes outshot Michigan, 22-13, in the contest and outcornered U-M, 10-5. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) boasted a career-best 11 saves, including two overtime stops, in the Wolverine cage, while Albany's Troch earned five saves on Michigan's seven shots on goal.
Michigan (3-2) will wrap up the road trip tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 8), remaining in Albany, N.Y., to face No. 7-ranked Connecticut at 2 p.m. in a neutral-site game at the Great Danes' Alumni Turf Field.
Shots: U-M 13, Albany 22
Saves: U-M 11 (Haley Jones), Albany 5 (Kristi Troch)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, Albany 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 5, Albany 10
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423