Nov. 2, 2012
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Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Grant Field)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinal)
Score: #13 Michigan 3, Indiana 0
Records: U-M (15-5), IU (10-9)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Nov. 4 -- vs. Penn State - Big Ten Tournament (Iowa City, Iowa), 1:30 p.m. CDT
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 13- ranked University of Michigan field hockey team used strong defensive play and a second-half surge to claim a 3-0 decision against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal round on Friday evening (Nov. 2) at Iowa's Grant Field. U-M extended its win streak to eight consecutive games, including three straight shutouts.
The Wolverines will face top-seeded and No. 4-ranked Penn State in the championship game, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday (Nov. 4) at Grant Field. The contest will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.
Freshman Lauren Thomas (Aylesbury, England/Ayelsbury HS) put her team on the board early, converting on the Wolverines' first corner opportunity of the contest to notch her fourth goal in five games at the 6:25 mark. Thomas took the insert from junior/sophomore Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) on the short side and sent a sweeping shot to the opposite corner. The ball was redirected high into the right side of the cage past Hoosier goalkeeper Viki Green.
The Hoosiers turned it on in the final six minutes of the half, drawing three penalty corners and firing five shots on goal over the stretch. Senior/junior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) stopped four shots, including the initial shot on all three corners, while Smith earned her fifth defensive save of the season on a rebound opportunity to keep IU scoreless in the first half.
Michigan netted a quick goal to begin the second half, at the 39:57 mark, from sophomore Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) off a corner opportunity. Junior Rachael Mack's (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgove School) direct shot was blocked in front of the cage, but Guttman corralled the ball and hammered one point-blank to the lower left corner.
Mack padded the Wolverines' lead to 3-0 midway through the half, at 53:24, after a great solo effort from freshman Aisling Naughton (Goatstown, Ireland/Mount Anville Secondary) to get into the circle. The Wolverine rookie carried the ball off the right sideline, dribbled past a defender on the baseline and fed a pass in front to Mack, who one-timed a shot to the lower left corner for her 18th goal of the season.
While shots were an even 12-12 at game's end, the Wolverines boasted a 9-1 shot advantage in the second half. Indiana narrowly outcornered U-M, 6-5. Jones boasted eight saves in the Michigan cage en route to her third straight shutout -- seventh of the season -- while Green stopped three of U-M's six shots on goal.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Lauren Thomas, 6:25 (Leslie Smith)
2nd -- U-M, Emy Guttman, 39:57 (unassisted)
2nd -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 53:24 (Aisling Naughton)
Shots: U-M 12, IU 12
Saves: U-M 8 (Haley Jones), IU 3 (Viki Green)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1, IU 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 5, IU 6
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