Oct. 24, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Ocker Field)
Score: #12 Michigan 2, UC Davis 0
Records: U-M (11-6), UC Davis (5-9)
Next U-M Match: Saturday, Oct. 30 -- at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior/junior Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) scored the game-winner and junior Bryn Bain (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) added an insurance marker to guide the No. 12-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team to a 2-0 shutout win over UC Davis on Senior Day on Sunday morning (Oct. 24) at Ocker Field. The Wolverines outshot the Aggies, 32-3, with 22 of their shots coming from graduating seniors.
The Wolverine defense had a perfect first half, preventing any Aggie goals, shots or penalty corners, while the offense outshot UC Davis, 17-0. Senior Meredith Way (Litiz, Pa./Warwick) had six attempts, including a penalty stroke, and senior Vanessa Sekhon (West Vancouver, B.C./Collingwood) had four attempts. Despite the effort, the Wolverines could not get any shots past Aggie goalkeeper Lauren Sawvelle, who made eight saves, and the two teams went into halftime scoreless.
The Maize and Blue converted for a goal in the 40th minute. Michigan was awarded a penalty corner at 4:35 in the second half. Way fired a shot, which was blocked and deflected to the left post, where Adams buried the ball in the goal.
Fifteen minutes later, the Wolverines increased their lead when they had another penalty corner. Adams pushed the ball into play to Bain at the left side of the circle, where she one-timed a rocket through Aggie defenders and past the keeper to the lower right corner. It was Bain's second goal of the season.
The Wolverines close out the regular season next Saturday (Oct. 30). They will travel to Bloomington, Ind., to play the Indiana Hoosiers at 1 p.m.
2nd -- U-M, Katie Adams, 39:35 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Bryn Bain, 54:36 (Adams)
Shots: U-M 32, UCD 3
Saves: U-M 2 (Christi Barwick 0, Haley Jones 2), UCD 12 (Lauren Sawvelle)
Defensive Saves: U-M 0, UCD 1 (Erinne Boyd)
Penalty Corners: U-M 14, UCD 1
The Wolverines set a season high with 32 shots in the win over UC Davis. The previous season high was 30 against Quinnipiac.
Michigan honored seniors Paige Laytos, Meredith Way, Zara Saydjari, Vanessa Sekhon and Alicia Mayer and senior/juniors Eileen Brandes and Katie Adams before the UC Davis game. Those seniors have combined for 25 goals and 34 assists this season.
Michigan had 14 penalty corners in the UC Davis game. That is the most by the Wolverines this season. U-M had 13 corners in a 2-0 win at Iowa on Oct. 10.
Adams recorded her sixth career goal and 13th career assist in the win over the Aggies. Bryn Bain now has nine career goals.
Michigan ends its home slate with a 9-2 record at Ocker Field. Michigan now has a 114-40 record all-time at the facility.
Today was the first-ever meeting between Michigan and UC Davis. Michigan is now 19-2 all-time against teams from the NorPac Conference.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On Senior Day ... "Senior day is awfully special for the team. The freshmen do a number on the locker room the night before and they spend a lot of energy on it so sometimes it's concerning that the team might be distracted from all of the excitement. I think the seniors get sentimental and emotional because they've loved their experience here at Michigan so much. I thought our team did a great job of staying focused, coming out, following the game plan and working hard. It's not easy to play against these guys when it gets crowded in the circle. They stayed patient and eventually we got a couple good tries."
On rebounding after Friday's loss ... "It was a big game and I think we're disappointed. The team was disappointed that we didn't win it. There's an awful lot to learn from not winning games. I was proud of them for coming back and playing strong the next day and not being down about the loss because there is still a lot of hockey to play. I was proud of how we came out from the beginning and played a really solid game."
On a chance at holding the Big Ten title ... "Indiana. We have to pay attention to the Hoosiers. We have to get ready for the game plan and get prepared and just go into the game with a lot of confidence because we know that we have done everything we can to be in a position to win it."
U-M Senior/Junior Forward Katie Adams
On today's game ... "I think we played really well up the midfield. We had really good step ups today. We had a lot of circle penetrations, but sometimes our shots were going wide or not on goal. Our goal for the second half, and what we talked about at halftime, was really posting up as forwards. We did a better job because it was 0-0 at halftime and then we came through with two goals."
On refocusing after the Ohio State loss ... "We were pretty upset about the loss against Ohio State. We all took that really hard. We prepared really well on Saturday and watched video of UC Davis. We were really focused for this game. It's Senior Day, so that's exciting, but we tried our best to stay focused and focus on the game and getting a W and we came out and did that. We play Indiana next weekend to wrap up our Big Ten regular-season games and then we head into the tournament and we're all feeling really good about that."
On scoring on Senior Day ... "It was nice. I don't score too often. I go in on the corners and insert the ball and then I was told to start going more toward the post and finish the scrappy shots. That's what I did today and it was nice to get a goal on Senior Day and my last home game."
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423