U-M Surrenders Two-Goal Lead to Hawkeyes in Big Ten Opener

Sept. 25, 2009

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: Iowa 3, Michigan 2
Records: U-M (2-7, 0-1 Big Ten), Iowa (3-5, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Sept. 27 -- vs. Penn State (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team came up a goal short for the third straight game, losing to Iowa, 3-2, in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams on Friday afternoon (Sept. 25) at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines led 2-0 through 35 minutes of play by capitalizing on two of their four penalty corners in the first half. The Hawkeyes proved just as effective on their penalty corners in the second half, converting on two of six opportunities, including the game-winning goal with five minutes remaining.

Michigan's leading goal scorers, junior Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) and sophomore Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional), showed off their power in the first half. Way put U-M ahead 1-0 with her team-best fifth goal of the season at 23:11. Bain passed to Way at the top of the circle for a blast through on-rushing Hawkeyes. Seven minutes later, Bain tied Way for the team lead in goals with a shot that beat the goalie five-hole from the right edge of the circle. Junior/sophomore Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) assisted with a feed on the corner entry.

Iowa seized the momentum of the game five minutes into the second half while Michigan was down a player due to a yellow card. Iowa scored on a corner at 39:13 and then on a deflection at 40:22 to knot the game at 2-2. The Hawkeyes then completed their comeback on Meghan Beamesderfer's second goal of the game with 5:04 remaining.

Alicia Mayer (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove) had an outstanding opportunity to send the game to overtime with 2:30 left. The junior stripped a UI defender and broke in alone on the goalkeeper. Mayer tried to race around to the right side, but her on-the-run shot sailed wide right.

The Wolverines are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 27, when they host the Penn State Nittany Lions. Game time at Ocker Field is 1 p.m.


By Periods  1   2   F 
Iowa 0 3 3
Michigan 2 0 2

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st - U-M, Meredith Way,23:11 (Bryn Bain)
1st -- U-M, Bain, 30:06 (Katie Adams)
2nd -- Iowa, Meghan Beamesderfer, 39:13 (Tricia Dean, Sarah Pergine)
2nd -- Iowa, Jess Werley, 40:22 (Dean)
2nd-- Iowa, Beamesderfer, 64:56 (Dean, Pergine)

Shots: U-M 11, Iowa 17
Saves: U-M 4 (Paige Pickett), Iowa 6 (Kathleen McGraw)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, Iowa 1
Penalty Corners: U-M 10, Iowa 8


• Making her first start of the season, Bryn Bain posted a goal and an assist to take over the team lead in points with 11. She is tied for the team lead in goals with five and tallied her first assist of the year.

Meredith Way remains tied with Bryn Bain for the team lead in goals with five. Way led Bain briefly, 5-4, by scoring U-M's first goal of the game before Bain tied it up seven minutes later.

Katie Adams earned her team-best third assist of the season by entering the ball on Bryn Bain's goal.

• The Wolverines lost by one goal for the third straight game. Five of U-M's seven losses this year have been by a single tally.


Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On the game ... "I thought we played outstanding -- our best game of the year. The tactics we put together were effective. Our forwards executed really well. It's just unfortunate we had to play [shorthanded] for much of the game. That was really hard."

On playing shorthanded in the second half ... "We had to play without two players for a long time. That's when they scored their two goals and it completely changed the outcome of the match. It's unfortunate. I think we played about as well as we could play."

On bouncing back in time for Sunday's game against Penn State ... "That's part of intercollegiate athletics. It's one of the life lessons you learn. Sometimes things don't go the way you want them to and there's adversity. But these girls are Michigan student-athletes. They are going to hold their head high Sunday and how you respond to adversity is really important. They will be ready for Penn State."

U-M Junior Meredith Way
On her first-half goal ... "It was off a corner and it was a broken play. I came up harder to the top from Bryn [Bain] and I one-timed it in off a sweep. It was more of an urgency thing. I was thinking about just getting it in the goal."

On dropping three straight decisions by one goal ... "We've got to take something away from every game and this one is no different. We were down [a player] most of the game, but we played hard. We can't get down about it. We've got to come out fired up when Penn State comes to town Sunday."

On her teammates' effort ... "I'm so proud of them. We fought through it and even scored a goal when we were down a player. We didn't let it bother us and didn't let it get to our heads, and it's awesome we could overcome that adversity."

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