Naughton's OT Goal Completes Come-From-Behind Win over MSU
Aisling Naughton

Oct. 12, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #16 Michigan 3, #19 Michigan State 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (8-5, 1-2 Big Ten), Michigan State (8-7, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Oct. 14 -- vs. Ohio State - Maize Out (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) knocked in a chip-shot redirection just 3:58 into sudden-victory overtime to propel the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team past No. 19 Michigan State, 3-2, on Friday afternoon (Oct. 12) in front of 411 fans at Phyllis Ocker Field. The Wolverines trailed 2-0 at halftime before scoring three unanswered goals to claim their first Big Ten Conference win of the season.

Michigan was down freshman Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) for the first 2:34 of overtime after she received a yellow card in the waning moments of the second half. U-M regrouped at midfield upon her return, and Thomas fed the ball up the left side to junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS), who carried it into the circle and backhanded a pass across the front of the goal. Naughton, camped out on the right post, got her stick on it to tip it into the Spartan goal at 73:58.

The overtime goal -- Naughton's sixth marker of the season -- followed a series of late near-misses from the Wolverine rookie. She nearly ended the game in regulation on a penalty-corner shot from junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), just directing it wide of the open net. She followed with three overtime shots before finally finding the back of the cage.

After the Wolverines' slow first-half start, Mack contributed to a pair of early goals to even the score. She put U-M on the board with a penalty-corner goal at 36:24, sending the hard direct shot along the turf to the back of the cage. The goal extended her scoring streak to nine straight games. Smith and senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) earned assists on the play for the insertion and stop, respectively.

Freshman Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak HS) netted the tying goal just four minutes later, at 40:43, with a redirection in front. Mack passed the ball across the goalmouth, and Scavelli tapped it into the lower right corner from in front of the cage.

Abby Barker scored both of the Spartans' goals in similar fashion, taking advantage of turnovers deep in the circle before chipping the ball over a sprawling senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS). Barker scored early and late in the first half -- at 1:53 and 21:43 -- to provide MSU the two-goal edge at the break.

Michigan outshot the Spartans, 13-8, including 4-0 in overtime, while corners were even at 6-6. Jones earned four saves in the Wolverine cage, while MSU goalkeeper Molly Cassidy stopped five of U-M's eight shots on goal.

The Wolverines will wrap up the weekend and their four-game homestand on Sunday (Oct. 14), hosting No. 19-ranked Ohio State at 1 p.m. at Phyllis Ocker Field. The game is designated as a Maize Out.


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

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- MSU, Abby Barker, 1:53 (unassisted)
1st -- MSU, Barker, 21:43 (Heather Howie)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 36:24 (Liesl Morris, Leslie Smith)
2nd -- U-M, Shannon Scavelli, 40:43 (Mack)
OT -- U-M, Aisling Naughton, 73:58 (Smith)

Shots: U-M 13, MSU 8
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Jones), MSU 5 (Molly Cassidy)
Defensive Saves: None
Penalty Corners: U-M 6, MSU 6

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