Michigan Loses Second-Half Lead, Defeated by No. 16 Louisville in Overtime

Sept. 20, 2009

Site: Louisville, Ky. (Trager Stadium)
Score: #16 Louisville 3, Michigan 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (2-6), UL (5-3)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Sept. 25 - vs. Iowa (Phyllis Ocker Field), 3 p.m.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -The University of Michigan field hockey team suffered an overtime defeat for the second day in a row as No. 16 Louisville topped U-M, 3-2, on Sunday (Sept. 20). Michigan overcame an early Cardinal goal to take a 2-1 lead a few minutes into the second half. However, UL would tie the game and score the decisive goal seven minutes into overtime.

Senior Alex Zeringue (Fallbrook, Calif./Union) tallied U-M's first goal of the day at 24:24 off a crossing pass from junior Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove). Junior Meredith Way's (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) fourth goal of the season put Michigan on top, 2-1, at 47:31. Unfortunately, the Cardinals capitalized on a penalty corner just two minutes later to force overtime.

Louisville's Kayla May tallied the game-winner by redirecting a pass in at 77:01.

U-M returns to Ann Arbor next weekend to open the Big Ten Conference season. The Wolverines host Iowa at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The weekend concludes with a match vs. Penn State at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27.


By Periods 1 2 OT F
Michigan 1 1 0 2
Louisville 1 1 1 3

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- UL, Nicole Youman,2:56 (unassisted)
1st -- U-M, Alex Zeringue, 24:24 (Alicia Mayer)
2nd -- U-M, Meredith Way, 47:31 (unassisted)
2nd -- UL, Hayley Turner, 49:38 (Nicole Youman)
OT-- UL, Kayla May, 77:01 (Hayley Turner)

Shots: U-M 10, UL 14
Saves: U-M 4 (Paige Pickett), UL 4 (Heather Bustanoby)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, UL 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 8, UL 10


• Four of Michigan's six losses this season have been by one goal. Yesterday, U-M lost 2-1 vs. No. 7 Syracuse.

• Six of U-M's eight opponents thus far have been against teams in the NFHCA's top 20 - Louisville is currently ranked No. 16, while yesterday's opponent was No. 7 Syracuse. Michigan is 0-6 in those contests and 2-0 vs. unranked squads.

Meredith Way has tied Bryn Bain for the team lead in goals (4) and points (8).

Alicia Mayer posted an assist for the second game in a row. With a 2-2-6 scoring line, Mayer is tied with Paige Laytos for third on the team scoring list.

Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423