March 19, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team won its first tournament of the 2012 spring season, taking first at the Duke University Spring Tournament Saturday-Sunday (March 17-18) at Jack Katz Stadium. The tournament featured 2011 national runner-up North Carolina, national semifinalist Old Dominion, and national quarterfinalist and host Duke.
Michigan's weekend started on Saturday with five 25-minute games in a round-robin format. The Wolverines went 3-1-1 on the day, defeating Virginia, Davidson and William and Mary, tying Duke and falling to North Carolina.
On Sunday, Michigan played five 35-minute games in a four-team tournament with North Carolina, Old Dominion and Duke. Michigan came out of the round-robin format as the top seed in the tournament bracket. The Maize and Blue defeated Duke in a shootout, then defeated Old Dominion, 2-0, in the championship match with goals from sophomore Emy Guttman (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and junior/sophomore Lauren Hauge (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall).
"I was really happy with the competitive spirit our team showed this past weekend," head coach Marcia Pankratz said. "We made some really good decisions and really worked well as a team. Everybody had to play a lot of minutes and we had players who were able to adapt and play everywhere and still perform. This tournament had great competition with the top teams in the country. That's why we went down there. I was really pleased with the performance and team chemistry."
Pankratz noted the performances of junior/sophomore Samantha Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) in the backfield, senior/junior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in goal and juniors Mallory Albini (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) and Ainsley McCallister (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) in the midfield during the weekend's play.
Michigan has two spring tournaments remaining on its 2012 schedule. U-M's opening action in the Longstreth Spring League will be on Saturday, March 31, in Louisville, Ky. Michigan will stay in Louisville Sunday, April 1, for a 7x7 play day. The schedule wraps up on Saturday, April 14, with more Longstreth Spring League games at Ohio State.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423