When then-junior forward Emma Way tipped a pass between the legs of Northwestern goalkeeper Annie Kalfa on Nov. 12 — completing a hat trick — it all but sealed the Wolverines’ 18th win in a row. Minutes later, it was official: for the first time since 2003, the Michigan field hockey team was going to the Final Four.
Between two evenly matched teams in Michigan and Notre Dame, it came down to who wanted it more. And as the smoke cleared and the scoreboard read 4-1, it was clear the Fighting Irish edged out the Wolverines in desire.
After Michigan St solved the complexities of freshman left-hander Meghan Beaubien, it was game over. Michigan would fall to the Spartans 7-0 in the Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal for the second year in a row.