Oct. 7, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: #13 Michigan 3, #14 Northwestern 2 (2OT)
Records: U-M (9-3, 2-1 Big Ten), NU (10-5, 1-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Oct. 8 -- vs. Yale (Evanston, Ill.), Noon CDT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The 13th-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team won its 20th game in a row over Northwestern on Friday (Oct. 7), as senior Bryn Bain's (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) goal off a penalty corner 55 seconds into double overtime lifted the Wolverines to a 3-2 win at Lakeside Field. Michigan overcame a 2-0 second-half deficit to send the game to extra time.
Michigan and Northwestern had three shots apiece in the first overtime, but both teams failed to find the game-winner. The Wolverines earned a penalty corner 35 seconds into double overtime. Sophomore Mallory Albini (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) took the corner and passed to Bain on the left side. Her shot beat NU goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter for her fifth goal of the year and second game-winning tally.
Northwestern scored the first half's lone goal in the fourth minute. Chelsea Armstrong, who leads the Big Ten in goals and points, scored on a penalty corner with assists from Regan Mooney and Julia Retzky. It was Armstrong's 21st marker of the season. Michigan had three shots in the first 35 minutes and had two corners in the final 30 seconds.
Northwestern made it 2-0 1:25 into the second half as Armstrong scored her second goal of the game and 22nd of the season on a corner goal from Mooney. Michigan trimmed its deficit to 2-1 at 47:27 when sophomore Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) scored her first career goal in a Wolverine uniform. It was unassisted from the right side of the circle. The Maize and Blue tied the game 2-2 nine minutes later when freshman Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) tipped in a McCallister pass for her fourth goal of the year.
Fifth-year senior Christi Barwick (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) had three saves in the win, all with less than six minutes to go in the second half. Carpenter made four stops for the Wildcats.
Michigan held a slim 14-13 advantage on shots as Bain had five on the day. Northwestern had 12 penalty corners compared to 11 for the Maize and Blue.
U-M stays in Evanston to play Yale this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 8) at noon CDT.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- NU, Chelsea Armstrong, 3:36 (Regan Mooney, Julia Retzky)
2nd -- NU, Armstrong, 36:25 (Mooney )
2nd -- U-M, Ainsley McCallister, 47:27 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Axelle Wouters, 56:57 (McCallister)
2OT -- U-M, Bryn Bain, 85:55 (Mallory Albini)
Shots: U-M 14, NU 13
Saves: U-M 3 (Christi Barwick), NU 4 (Maddy Carpenter)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, NU 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 11, NU 12
N O T E S
Michigan has now won 20 games in a row over the Wildcats dating back to the 1997 season. It also was the second straight overtime win over Northwestern. The Wolverines prevailed, 4-3, in overtime in Ann Arbor on Oct. 15, 2010.
Michigan has won seven overtime games in a row, dating back to 2010. The Wolverines are 2-0 in overtime this season, defeating Temple, 3-2, in overtime on Sept. 3.
Bryn Bain extended her point-scoring streak to four games with her game-winning goal. Bain now has 15 career goals in a Michigan uniform.
Ainsley McCallister became the 10th different Wolverine to score a goal this season. She now has six points on the year.
Christi Barwick earned her 18th career victory and moves to 6-1 on the season. The current Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week had three saves in the win.
Michigan continued its best start since the 2004 season and is now 24-6 in the last 30 contests dating back to 2010.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On today's come-from-behind win over Northwestern ... "Today was a great win for Michigan. Northwestern is an outstanding team. They are fast, well coached and are quite skilled. They have some impressive players that can single-handedly change the game. I was very, very proud of our team for gutting it out, getting us into overtime and executing under pressure."
On Bryn Bain ... "Bryn had an outstanding game. She really carried the team through overtime. I was happy for her scoring the winning goal; she deserved it.
On the quality of the Big Ten this year ... "It just goes to show you how impressive the entire Big Ten is this year. It's very competitive. Every game is down to the wire. I couldn't be more excited for our team in pulling a win out on the road at Northwestern."
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423