April 16, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team wrapped up its 2012 spring schedule this past Saturday (April 14) after playing in three tournaments in the past month. The Wolverines won the Duke Spring Tournament and went 2-1 at both Louisville and Ohio State, defeating the host Buckeyes in the final game of the slate.
Michigan started the 2012 spring season at the Duke Spring Tournament March 17-18 in Durham, N.C. Michigan defeated Virginia, Davidson, and William and Mary in 25-minute games on Saturday, then played five 35-minute games in a four-team tournament with Old Dominion, North Carolina and Duke on Sunday. 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).
Two weeks later, Michigan traveled to Louisville, Ky., to compete in the Louisville portion of the Longstreth Midwest League. Michigan defeated Louisville and Miami (Ohio) in 7v7 play. Michigan wrapped up Longstreth Midwest League play this past Saturday at Ohio State. Michigan went 2-1 on the day, defeating Central Michigan, 5-2, and host Ohio State, 1-0. In the win over the Buckeyes, sophomore Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) scored the game's lone goal on an assist from junior Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School). Senior/junior Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) earned the shutout in goal for the Wolverines. Michigan ended up winning the Longstreth Midwest League with a 4-2 record and a plus-10 goal differential.
"Playing three games in one day with only three substitutes is exhausting and challenging," head coach Marcia Pankratz said. "We have been proud of our team all spring for their training, attitude and hard work. There has been some great improvement from individual players and the team as a whole performed with strong results. Our program goes into the summer with a much-deserved break, but a jump start to prepare for defending our Big Ten championship once again."
Michigan heads into the 2012 season after claiming the 2011 Big Ten regular-season title and a quarterfinal berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Michigan ended the 2011 season with a 15-7 overall record and a 5-1 record in Big Ten play, winning the outright regular-season title. The Wolverines advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th time in school history, defeating No. 9 New Hampshire, 5-4, before falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 5-1.
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