U-M Drops Semifinal Heartbreaker to No. 6 PSU on Late Goal

Nov. 4, 2016

What You Need to Know
» Penn State's Moira Putsch scored at the 66:26 mark to break a scoreless tie and hand No. 11 Michigan a 1-0 defeat in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
» U-M withstood an early onslaught to play Penn State even for the remainder of the contest; goalkeeper Sam Swenson earned seven saves.
» Michigan will require an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament and will now await the NCAA Selection Show, scheduled for Sunday (Nov. 6) at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com.

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Site: College Park, Md. (Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Semifinals)
Score: #6 Penn State 1, #10 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (12-7), PSU (16-2)
Next U-M Match: Sunday, Nov. 6 -- NCAA Selection Show (NCAA.com), 10 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The No. 10-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker on a late goal to No. 6 Penn State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament on Friday afternoon (Nov. 4) at Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The Nittany Lions scored the game-winning goal at the 66:26 mark -- with less than four minutes remaining in regulation and less than a minute after Michigan was issued a five-minute yellow card. Moira Putsch netted the game-winner, backing into the circle before turning to fire a reverse chip high and into the cage.

Michigan pushed the ball back up the field in the final minute -- after first stopping its fast break due to an errant whistle -- and freshman Fay Keijer got her stick on a centering pass in the circle, but it missed wide.

The game was back and forth and largely even after the Wolverines withstood an early onslaught of four PSU corners in the opening seven minutes of the game -- a stretch that featured five saves for junior goalkeeper Sam Swenson.

The Wolverines gained some momentum midway through the opening half, with two good chances out of a flurry in front of the Penn State cage and again late with a pair of penalty corners of their own. Junior Katie Trombetta's shot was blocked in the latter of the two corner chances, but senior/junior Carly Bennett corralled the rebound and clanged a shot off the right post.

Penn State outshot the Wolverines, 14-7, and outcornered them, 9-4. Swenson earned seven saves in the Michigan cage, while PSU goalkeeper Jenny Rizzo stopped all three U-M shots on goal.

Michigan will await the NCAA Tournament selections on Sunday (Nov. 6) at 10 p.m. The 16-team tournament opens with first- and second-round matches Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, at four campus sites to be announced. The selection show will be aired live on NCAA.com.

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