Field Hockey

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Heartbreaking. That was the word on everyone’s lips after No. 15 Michigan (13-7) fell to No. 4 Louisville (16-6), 2-1, in double overtime Friday. The field hockey team’s loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament put an end to its season.

Junior defender Halle O’Neill notched her second goal of the season thanks to her direct receipt of the corner from sophomore midfielder Kathryn Peterson.

Does ‘the hot hand’ exist? Apparently it does – if only on the field hockey turf. All signs of this statistical question mark were confirmed as Penn State (8-12 overall, 4-4 Big Ten) came within an overtime goal of stealing the Big Ten Tournament championship from the likes of top-seeded Maryland and Iowa. The first stop of this improbable march was a 2-1 victory last Thursday against Michigan (13-6, 5-3) a team which has experienced nearly the opposite trajectory of a Nittany Lions squad that opened the season with seven straight losses.

Senior midfielder Claire Brush believes that not finishing in the circles led to the Michigan field hockey’s eventual 1-0 loss Sunday against Iowa.

The Wolverines’ offense stumbled on Sunday against Iowa, ending scoreless and losing, 1-0, in their last regular season game. Despite the lack of shots, the Hawkeyes hardly dominated. Possession was split and the Wolverines’ passing put them in scoring position frequently. They just couldn’t capitalize on opportunities.

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There was a celebration Sunday at Ocker Field. It just wasn’t of the variety that the No. 8 Michigan women's field hockey team had in mind. Following the Wolverines’ (13-5 overall, 5-3 Big Ten) 1-0 loss to No. 9 Iowa (13-4, 7-1), the Hawkeyes stormed the field, embracing to celebrate their share of the Big Ten regular season title. The Michigan players, meanwhile, walked off the field solemnly, heads down and missed opportunities lamented. An inability to convert on the attack served as the Wolverines’ undoing. Michigan outshot Iowa 9-3, yet none found the back of the ever-elusive net.

Junior midfielder Kayla Reed and the Michigan field hockey team split games against No. 18 Rutgers and No. 11 St. Joseph this past weekend.

One shot — saved. 

A minute later, another shot — saved.

Forty-five seconds after that, a third shot — saved. 

Sophomore midfielder Kathryn Peterson scored off a penalty corner in Michigan's 3-1 over Penn State.

Penalty corners provided crucial opportunities that the Michigan field hockey team (12-3 overall, 5-1 Big Ten) needed to defeat Penn State (4-10, 3-3), 3-1, on Sunday, as all three goals originated from corners. From the start, it was evident that Michigan was in control of its turf due to its strong defensive pressure, which was central to the midfield maintaining possession of the ball.

The Michigan field hockey team has eight shutouts in 15 games this season.

Taking as many shots as your opponent’s goals scored is hardly a winning formula. 

The Michigan field hockey team held No. 2 Maryland scoreless in a 1-0 win Friday night.

The song proved a fitting backdrop to the type of match that followed: a smashmouth, defensive slugfest. For the Wolverines (11-3 overall, 4-1 Big Ten), it was a team effort on the defensive end that ushered them to a 1-0 victory over No. 2 Maryland (13-2, 5-1).

Senior midfielder Guadalupe Lacort scored the only goal in Michigan's 1-0 win over Maryland.

In a top-10 matchup, No. 9 Michigan (11-3, 4-1) played a near perfect game as the Wolverines contained the juggernaut Terrapins, in a 1-0 win, giving coach Marcia Pankratz her 300th career win.

Redshirt sophomore Emma Taber scored two goals in Michigan’s 6-0 win over Ball State on Sunday.

Dowthwaite got things started, scoring off an assist from sophomore midfielder Sophia Southam. The final three minutes of the contest included goals from sophomore midfielder Kathryn Peterson at 57:02, junior midfielder Maya Gompper at 58:08 and Tamer less than a minute later— her second of the afternoon. After narrowly winning the shots battle, 3-2, in the first quarter, Michigan dominated, 28-3, the rest of the way. The Wolverines’ aggressiveness on the offensive end was paramount in their fourth-quarter scoring outburst.