With under one minute left, as Albany held possession looking to tie the game at 12, Michigan held steady. Its defenders stayed with the opposing attackers, refusing to give an easy look. Then, as the clock ticked under 20 seconds, the Great Danes found their best look goal and took it.
But junior goalie Arielle Weissman was there to make the save. The game was over. The Wolverines had won.
The No. 14 Michigan women’s lacrosse team (2-1) then finished the game out with a four-goal run to stave off Louisville (2-2) and take its second win of the season with a final score of 15-11. The story of the game was the Wolverines’ fast start and strong finish. They commanded the first and last ten minutes of the game, although the middle was much less impressive.
After a 2019 campaign that saw a shattered record in the win column and first NCAA Tournament bid, the Michigan women’s lacrosse team is approaching 2020 with the ambition to build on what they did last year.
Every meet is a part of the process. From a non-scoring meet in early January to the NCAA Championships, there is value in every competition. Saturday, on an otherwise uneventful day, that value came from young athletes making their indoor debut for the Michigan men’s and women’s track team.
“The biggest thing I’m always looking for is that the kids get some competition in,” Michigan co-head coach James Henry said. “They get to the line, they finish the line and they’re healthy.”
In cross country, the entire season comes down to one day. The months of training, the many races and the countless miles all can lead to a euphoric climax or a feeling of missed opportunity. The Michigan women’s cross country team got the latter.
The Wolverines came into Saturday’s meet ranked eighth in the country and with a shot to finish on the podium. The day didn’t go as planned, though, as they finished 13th, failing to capture their seventh top-10 finish in the last 10 years.