Oct. 26, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Grant Field)
Score: #14 Michigan 2, #12 Iowa 1
Records: U-M (12-5, 4-2 Big Ten), Iowa (12-5, 3-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Oct. 28 -- at Central Michigan (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), 1 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 14-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team extended its winning streak to five straight games with a 2-1 upset victory at No. 12 Iowa on Friday afternoon (Oct. 26) at Grant Field. After dropping its first two Big Ten Conference games of the season, the Wolverines finish the regular season with a 4-2 league mark.
Freshman Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) put the Wolverines on the board at 8:48 mark, using an early corner opportunity to net her third goal in three games. Senior Liesl Morris (Lafayette, N.J./The Taft School) stopped the ball at the top of the circle and passed it to Thomas on the short side, where she sent a sweeping shot to the lower left corner of the cage. Junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) also earned an assist on the insertion.
The Hawkeyes evened the score after a long hit early in the second half, at 36:52, as Dani Hemeon got free in the circle and took advantage of a flurry in front to corral her own rebound and reverse hit a point-blank shot into the right corner.
Michigan responded immediately, however, retaking the lead less than three minutes later on a spectacular redirection goal from sophomore Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) after a shot from outside the circle. Junior/sophomore Sammy Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) hammered the ball in from the right sideline, and Guttman, crossing in front of the cage, knelt to get her stick down and on it, tipping it high to the left side of the cage at 39:18.
Iowa drew five corners and fired five shots on goal over a 15-minute stretch late. The Hawkeyes had a goal waved off after back-to-back corner opportunities after the umpires deemed the direct shot too high.
An Iowa green card with six minutes remaining helped relieve some pressure late as the Wolverines reestablished a controlled possession to wind down the clock.
The Hawkeyes posted a 16-7 advantage in shots, including 13-1 in the second half, and outcornered Michigan, 10-6. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) earned 10 saves in the U-M cage -- her fifth game this season with double-digit saves -- while Iowa's Kathleen McGraw stopped three of Michigan's five shots on goal.
The Wolverines will close out the regular-season portion of their 2012 schedule on Sunday (Oct. 28), heading to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to face in-state rival Central Michigan at 1 p.m. at the Field Hockey Complex.
Shots: U-M 7, Iowa 16
Saves: U-M 10 (Haley Jones), Iowa 3 (Kathleen McGraw)
Defensive Saves: None
Penalty Corners: U-M 7, Iowa 10
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423