U-M Denied Second Straight Big Ten Tourney Crown by No. 6 PSU
Kim Sheaffer

Nov. 6, 2011

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Site: State College, Pa. (Penn State Field Hockey Complex)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Final)
Score: #9 Penn State 3, #7 Michigan 2
Records: U-M (14-6), PSU (16-5)
Next U-M Event: Tuesday, Nov. 8 -- NCAA Selection Show (Webcast: NCAA.com), 8 p.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The No. 7-ranked and top-seeded University of Michigan field hockey team was denied its second straight Big Ten Tournament title on Sunday (Nov. 6), as No. 9 Penn State, the third seed, scored with 9:09 remaining to pull out a 3-2 win in the championship game at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. The Big Ten regular-season champion Wolverines led, 2-1, before PSU scored twice on penalty corners -- at 28:08 and 60:51 -- to earn the conference's berth to the NCAA Tournament, which starts on Nov. 12.

Penn State struck first on a corner at 5:11 as Kelsey Amy scored her 23rd goal of the year on an assist from Whitney Reddig.

Michigan came back in the 13th minute on a direct-corner goal from sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School). Her goal was assisted by senior Jess Allen (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) and fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth).

The Maize and Blue then took the lead at 17:56 as sophomore Kim Sheaffer (Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson) scored her second goal of the year on the right post on an assist from classmate Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron).

Just before halftime, the Nittany Lions tied the game at 2-2 when Amy scored unassisted on a semi-breakaway at 28:08.

It was not until the 61st minute of play when Penn State broke through on a direct corner, with the tally coming from Hannah Allison on assists from Reddig and Laura Gebhart. Michigan had a good look on a corner at 66:50, but freshman Aline Fobe's (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) shot went just wide.

The game was statistically as close as the score, as Penn State held a slight 12-11 shot advantage and both teams had three corners.

Junior/sophomore Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) had one save for Michigan, while Fobe had a defensive save in the first half. Penn State's Ayla Halus had two saves.

The NCAA Tournament selection show will be video streamed on NCAA.com this Tuesday (Nov. 8) at 8 p.m.


By Periods 1 2 F
Penn State 2 1 3
Michigan 2 0 2
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- PSU, Kelsey Amy, 5:11 (Whitney Reddig)
1st -- U-M, Rachael Mack, 12:46 (Jess Allen, Eileen Brandes)
1st-- U-M, Kim Sheaffer, 17:56 (Ainsley McCallister)
1st -- PSU, Amy, 28:08 (unassisted)
2nd -- PSU, Hannah Allison, 60:51 (Reddig, Laura Gebhart)

Shots: U-M 12, PSU 11
Saves: U-M 2 (Haley Jones 1, Team 1), PSU 2 (Ayla Halus)
Defensive Saves: U-M 1 (Aline Fobe), PSU 0
Penalty Corners: U-M 3, PSU 3


• Michigan was playing in its 11th Big Ten Tournament championship game.

• Michigan is now 18-13 all-time in Big Ten Tournament play.

• The series between Michigan and Penn State in Big Ten Tournament play is tied at five games apiece after today's result.

Mallory Albini and Aline Fobe were named to the All-Big Ten Tournament team. Albini had the game-winning goal in the 4-1 victory over Iowa, while Fobe had an assist against Iowa and a defensive save against Penn State.

Rachael Mack scored her 14th goal of the season and 30th of her U-M career. Jess Allen and Eileen Brandes assisted on both of Mack's goals in the tournament.

Kim Sheaffer scored her second goal of her career in the Penn State game. Sheaffer had the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Wake Forest on Aug. 28.

• The game was broadcast on the Big Ten Network, with U-M alumna Kara Lentz (2003-06) providing the color commentary.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423