Oct. 5, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #9 Northwestern 4, #16 Michigan 1
Records: U-M (7-5, 0-2 Big Ten), Northwestern (11-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Friday, Oct. 12 -- vs. Michigan State (Phyllis Ocker Field), 3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team was unable to hold its initial lead against No. 9 Northwestern, falling, 4-1, on Friday afternoon (Oct. 5) at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wildcats scored three unanswered three goals in the second half to hand U-M its first home loss of the season.
Junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) notched the Wolverines' lone goal just five minutes into the contest, extending her scoring streak to eight games with a redirection in front of the Northwestern cage. Freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) controlled the ball on the 25 near the right sideline and fired it hard into the circle, where Mack got her stick on it to tip to the lower left corner at the 5:05 mark.
After Northwestern had a goal called back, it made good on its next opportunity to the tie game at 25:04. Camped out next to the left goal post, Wildcat Kelley Stump redirected a pass from outside the circle to the lower corner past senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS).
Northwestern nearly added another goal moments later, but freshman back Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) laid out for her first collegiate defensive save to keep the score deadlocked at halftime.
The Wildcats surged in the second half, however, scoring three goals in a 12-minute span to put the game out of reach. Charlotte Martin collected the game-winner at the 39:56, taking advantage of the flurry after a penalty corner to score on her own rebound. Northwestern's Lena Phillips and Lisa McCarthy added goals at 43:49 and 51:33, respectively; both were redirected shots from the Wildcats' leading scorer, Chelsea Armstrong.
Northwestern outshot the Wolverines, 19-11, and outcornered them, 7-6. Jones posted 12 saves in the U-M cage -- her fourth double-digit save total this season -- while Wildcat goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter stopped five of six Michigan shots on goal.
Michigan hosts a pair of Big Ten rivals at Phyllis Ocker Field next weekend, facing Michigan State at 3 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 12) before squaring off against Ohio State at 1 p.m. on Sunday (Oct. 14). Friday's slate against MSU will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 5:05 (Aisling Naughton)
1st -- NU, Kelley Stump, 25:04 (Tara Puffenberger)
2nd -- NU, Charlotte Martin, 39:56 (unassisted)
2nd -- NU, Lena Phillips, 43:49 (Chelsea Armstrong)
2nd -- NU, Lisa McCarthy, 51:33 (Armstrong)
Shots: U-M 11, NU 19
Saves: U-M 12 (Haley Jones), NU 5 (Maddy Carpenter)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, NU 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 6, NU 7
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423