Nov. 4, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Grant Field)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Final)
Score: #4 Penn State 2, #13 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (15-6), Penn State (17-3)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- NCAA Selection Show (Ncaa.com), 8 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 13- ranked University of Michigan field hockey team dropped a 2-0 decision against No. 4 Penn State in the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 4) at Iowa's Grant Field. The loss halted the Wolverines' winning streak at eight games.
Penn State opened scoring late in the first half, taking advantage of its second corner opportunity of the contest to secure the initial advantage at the 32:58 mark. Kelsey Amy, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, found of the back of the U-M cage on the direct shot, rocketing it to the lower right corner.
Amy extended the Nittany Lions advantage early in the second half, at 47:05, on a rebound goal following a PSU offensive rush. Ashtin Klingler corralled an outlet pass on the left side and carried the ball into the circle unattested; her shot hit the post and kicked out to the front of the cage, where Amy knocked it into the empty goal.
Michigan pulled senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) with five minutes remaining in regulation but could not convert on a late penalty-corner opportunity.
The Wolverines narrowly outshot Penn State, 7-6, and out-cornered the Nittany Lions, 3-2. Jones earned three saves in the U-M cage, while PSU goalkeeper Ayla Halus stopped all three Michigan shots on goal. It is U-M's first shutout loss of the season.
Jones and junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School) were selected as Michigan's representatives on the Big Ten All-Tournament team.
Michigan will await the NCAA Tournament selections on Tuesday (Nov. 6) at 8 p.m. The 16-team tournament opens with first- and second-round matches Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11, at four campus sites to be announced. The selection show will be aired live on NCAA.com.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- PSU, Kelsey Amy, 32:58 (Whitney Reddig)
2nd -- PSU, Amy, 47:05 (unassisted)
Shots: U-M 7, PSU 6
Saves: U-M 3 (Haley Jones), PSU 3 (Ayla Halus)
Defensive Saves: none
Penalty Corners: U-M 3, PSU 2
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423