Thomas Scores Twice in One-Goal Triumph at Indiana
Lauren Thomas

Oct. 19, 2012


Site: Bloomington, Ind. (IU Field Hockey Complex)
Score: #15 Michigan 4, Indiana 3
Records: U-M (10-5, 3-2 Big Ten), Indiana (8-7, 0-5 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Oct. 21 -- vs. Miami University (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team persevered through cold, wet conditions and a wild second half to claim a 4-3 decision at Indiana on Friday afternoon (Oct. 19) at the IU Field Hockey Complex. Freshman Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) scored two goals and assisted on another, the game-winner, and the Wolverines were 3-for-12 on their penalty-corner conversion.

After Michigan jumped out to an early two-goal lead, the Hoosiers twice evened the score early in the second frame, before sophomore Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrowe Antwerp) netted the deciding goal at the 52:03 mark. The goal, which followed a U-M corner opportunity, originated from the left side of the circle, where Thomas pushed the ball across to Wouters, who knocked it into the bottom of the cage for her fifth goal of the season.

The Wolverines scored early and late in the first half to build their two-goal halftime advantage. Freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) posted the game's first goal just 3:24 into the contest, accepting a forward pass from junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) in the circle and pushing it into the lower right corner of the cage.

Thomas picked up her first marker -- and second of the season -- following a penalty corner at 21:29, driving the ball to the lower left corner of the cage from the short side. Senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) and junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) earned assists on the stop and the push, respectively.

The Wolverine rookie scored her second goal in identical fashion at the 44:48 mark -- just 1:13 after Indiana evened the score on a penalty-corner opportunity of its own. The Hoosiers again responded to knot up the score as Nicole Volgraf took advantage of the turnover deep in the U-M zone to score at 49:49. There were four goals in the opening 15 minutes of the second frame.

Michigan outshot the Hoosiers, 21-7, and outcornered them, 12-3. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) earned one save in the U-M cage, while Indiana's Viki Green stopped seven of the Wolverines' 11 shots on goal.

The Wolverines will wrap up the home portion of their 2012 schedule with a 1 p.m. game against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday (Oct. 21) at Ocker Field.


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan 2 2 4
Indiana 0 3 3

Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Aisling Naughton, 3:24 (Rachael Mack)
1st -- U-M, Lauren Thomas, 21:29 (Liesl Morris, Leslie Smith)
2nd -- IU, Emily Bowker, 41:47 (Gaby Olshemski)
2nd -- IU, Danielle McNally, 43:35 (Audra Heilman, Bowker)
2nd -- U-M, Thomas, 44:48 (Morris, Smith)
2nd -- IU, Nicole Volgraf, 49:49 (Morgan Fleetwood)
2nd -- U-M, Axelle Wouters, 52:03 (Thomas)

Shots: U-M 21, IU 7
Saves: U-M 1 (Haley Jones), IU 7 (Viki Green)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, IU 2
Penalty Corners: U-M 12, IU 3

Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423