Dowthwaite Goal Propels U-M to OT Win at No. 10 Northwestern

Oct. 21, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Meg Dowthwaite netted the overtime game-winner for the second straight game as No. 12 Michigan rallied to a 3-2 victory at No. 10 Northwestern in its Big Ten finale.
» Fay Keijer and Katie Trombetta also scored penalty-corner goals in the first and second halves, respectively.
» Goalkeeper Sam Swenson earned five saves in the Wolverine cage, including one on a Northwestern corner with time expired.

Boxscore PDF

Site: Evanston, Ill. (Lakeside Field)
Score: #12 Michigan 3, #10 Northwestern 2 (OT)
Records: U-M (10-6, 5-3 Big Ten), NU (10-6, 4-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Oct. 29 -- vs. Louisville (Phyllis Ocker Field), 1 p.m.

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The No. 12-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team rallied to earn its second overtime victory in as many games, defeating No. 10 Northwestern, 3-2, on Friday afternoon (Oct. 21) at the Wildcats' Lakeside Field. The victory is U-M's fourth over a ranked opponent this season and wrapped the Wolverines' Big Ten Conference season with a 5-3 mark.

Freshman Meg Dowthwaite knocked in the overtime game-winner -- her second in as many games -- at the 76:48 mark after a designed corner play. Sophomore Emma Way, who inserted the ball to initiate the attack, received it back near the left post and bounced a pass across the front to Dowthwaite, who redirected it high and into the cage. It marks her fifth goal this season.

All five of the game's goals came on penalty-corner chances, with Northwestern opening scoring with a deflection at 17:29. Michigan evened the score just before halftime, at 34:30, on a penalty-corner tip of its own. Freshman Fay Keijer got her stick on Dowthwaite's sweep shot and ramped it and into the cage for her fourth of the year.

The Wolverines claimed their first lead of the contest midway through the second half, at 53:22, when junior Katie Trombetta rocketed the direct corner shot to the board, after receiving the insert from Way. Trombetta banged one off the board earlier in the contest, but the shot was deemed too high.

Northwestern responded late in regulation, evening the score on a direct corner shot of its own at 64:39. The Wildcats had an opportunity to end the game before overtime with a penalty corner with time expired, but junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson came up with a big blocker on a high tip.

Michigan outshot the Wildcats, 19-9, including a 5-2 differential in overtime, and outcornered them, 12-6. Swenson earned five saves, while Northwestern goalkeeper Lindsay von der Luft stopped eight of 11 U-M shots on goal.

Tweet of the Game

The Wolverines will finish up the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 29), hosting Louisville -- currently No. 7 nationally -- at 1 p.m. at Phyllis Ocker Field. Admission is free, and the game will be streamed live on

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