Site: Albany, N.Y. (Alumni Turf Field)
Score: #7 Connecticut 2, #15 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (3-3), UConn (4-0)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Sept. 15 -- vs. Saint Louis (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Despite a second-half surge, the No. 15-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team fell victim to a late goal as No. 7 Connecticut claimed a 2-1 decision Saturday afternoon (Sept. 8) at Albany's Alumni Turf Field.
The Huskies' Marie Elena Bolles took advantage of a rebound opportunity to score the game-winner -- her second goal of the game -- at the 62:59 mark. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) stopped the initial shot from Chloe Hunnable, and as the ball kicked out, Bolles smacked it out of the air to find the back of the cage.
Bolles' first goal came in similar fashion -- a rebound tally in the waning moments of the first half -- but the Wolverines responded to even the score at the 49:52 mark in the second. Junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) scored her second goal in as many games off the penalty corner, using a low rocket to beat UConn goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield. Senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) and junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists on the stop and the push, respectively.
Connecticut outshot the Wolverines, 15-12, and narrowly outcornered them, 5-4. Jones posted 11 saves in the Michigan cage, matching her career best, while Smith tallied her third defensive save in as many games. Mansfield stopped six of U-M's seven shots on goal for the Huskies.
Michigan (3-3) returns home next weekend to host a pair on non-conference games at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines will face Saint Louis at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 15) before wrapping the weekend with a noon slate against Fairfield on Sunday (Sept. 16).
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- UConn, Marie Elena Bolles, 33:07 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 49:42 (Liesl Morris, Leslie Smith)
2nd -- UConn, Bolles, 62:59 (Chloe Hunnable)
Shots: U-M 13, UConn 22
Saves: U-M 11 (Haley Jones), UConn 6 (Sarah Mansfield)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, UConn 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 4, UConn 5
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423