Nov. 7, 2013
Site: Columbus, Ohio (Buckeye Varsity Field)
Event: Big Ten Tournament
Score: #20 Iowa 1, #18 Michigan 0
Records: U-M (12-8), Iowa (12-7)
Next U-M Event: Season Completed
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Michigan field hockey team was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament by Iowa, falling 1-0, on Thursday (Nov. 7) at Buckeye Varsity Field. The game remained scoreless until late in the second half when the Hawkeyes used a counter attack to net the game's lone goal.
The Wolverines elevated their pressure in Iowa territory in the second half but could not convert on several scoring opportunities. Early shots from senior/juniors Leslie Smith (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey HS) and Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron HS) were both turned away. Michigan had another scoring change midway through the frame, but sophomore Lauren Thomas' (Aylesbury, England/Aylesbury HS) direct shot was stopped, and her reverse-shot rebound attempt sailed high.
Iowa broke the scoreless tie off a counter attack that originated at midfield. The Hawkeyes' Natalie Cafone dribbled the ball into the circle, past the U-M defense, to set up an odd-man rush. Stephanie Norlander accepted the pass in front and knocked to the backboard at the 58:58 mark.
Michigan took a timeout with just 1:07 remaining in regulation with possession near the Iowa 25 but couldn't get the ball into the circle. Iowa then corralled the ball and controlled it to eat up the waning seconds.
Michigan outshot the Hawkeyes, 11-8, and outcornered them, 5-3. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) was stout in the Wolverine cage, posting four saves, while Iowa's Kelsey Boyce stopped all four U-M shots on goal.
The Hawkeyes will face No. 1 seed Penn State at 10 a.m. in Saturday's first Big Ten Tournament semifinal.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- Iowa, Stephanie Norlander, 58:58 (Natalie Cafone)
Shots:U-M 11, Iowa 8
Saves: U-M 4 (Haley Jones), Iowa 4 (Kelsey Boyce)
Defensive Saves: none
Penalty Corners: U-M 5, Iowa 3
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