Oct. 11, 2013
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Ralph Young Field)
Score: Michigan State 3, #16 Michigan 2 (2OT)
Records: U-M (7-6, 1-2 Big Ten), Michigan State (6-7, 3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Oct. 13 -- vs. Central Michigan (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team fell at Michigan State, 3-2, in the second sudden-victory frame on Friday afternoon (Oct. 11) at Ralph Young Field. The Wolverines twice rallied to even the score but could not convert on several opportunities in extra time.
The Spartans' Abby Barker netted the game-winning goal on a quick counter attack and breakaway opportunity midway through the second overtime period. Carrying the ball down the left side, she got around U-M's last line of defense and moved into the circle. Fifth-year senior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) stepped out to challenge, but Barker chipped the ball into the nearside lower corner, ending the contest at the 92:28 mark.
Michigan outshot (9-1) and outcornered (4-1) the Spartans in the first half, but it was MSU that struck first, converting on a penalty corner with just seven seconds remaining in the frame. With U-M shorthanded after a late yellow card, the Spartans drew the corner with 16 seconds left on the scoreboard, and Jenni Smith scored on the direct shot at 34:53.
Senior captain Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) knotted the score early in the second on a crossing pass from senior/junior captain Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) at 40:25. McCallister took a long hit on the right side, dribbled it into the circle and rifled the ball to the front of the net, where Mack got her stick on it to tip it in past MSU goalkeeper Molly Cassidy.
The Spartans retook the lead on another penalty-corner opportunity at 54:21. Michigan was again shorthanded, and Smith again scored on the direct shot, which was deflected high over Jones.
McCallister took advantage of another long hit deep in MSU territory to even the score at the 59:37 mark. The Wolverine captain carried the ball into the circle from the left side, drove to the front of the net and knocked it into the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Michigan held a player advantage for the first four minutes of the first overtime period and recorded several scoring opportunities in both frames but could not maintain possession in the circle.
U-M outshot the Spartans, 17-9, and outcornered them, 7-3, in the contest. Jones earned four saves in the Wolverine cage, while Cassidy stopped eight of Michigan's 10 shots on goals.
The Wolverines (will wrap up the in-state rivalry weekend on Sunday (Oct. 13), hosting Central Michigan at 1 p.m. at Phyllis Ocker Field.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- MSU, Jenni Smith, 34:53 (Alli Hewig, Katherine Jamieson)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 40:25 (Ainsley McCallister)
2nd -- MSU, Smith, 53:21 (Helwig, Jamieson)
2nd -- U-M, McCallister, 59:37 (unassisted)
OT2 -- MSU, Abby Barker, 92:28 (Allie Ahern)
Shots: U-M 17, MSU 9
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Jones), MSU 8 (Molly Cassidy)
Defensive Saves: None
Penalty Corners: U-M 7, MSU 3
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423