#9 Michigan Outlasts Maine Field Hockey, 4-2
ORONO, Maine – Maine field hockey held an early 2-1 advantage over No. 9 Michigan but a called off go-ahead goal in the second half turned the tide for the Wolverines and the Black Bears fell by a final score of 4-2, in Orono, Maine on Sunday afternoon.
Excitement quickly turned to disappointment with 25 minutes left in the second half, as a goal scored by Cassidy Svetek, was overturned after a discussion by the officials. The goal would have given the Black Bears a 3-2 advantage. Instead the Wolverines took control of the contest, tallying two goals in the final frame to earn their first win of the season.
Michigan opened the scoring in the game as perennial leading scorer Rachael Mack, tallied her second goal of the weekend, as she took advantage of a Maine give away in the circle and fired a shot home 1:16 into the contest.
The Black Bears didn't wait long to respond as Kaitlynn Stymiest registered her first marker of the season 2:07 later, to make it 1-1. Svetek tallied the assist.
The goal seemingly gave the Black Bears momentum as the squad controlled much of the offensive play. Marissa Shaw gave Maine a 2-1 advantage at the 10:12 mark as Svetek fed a ball into the circle with Shaw firing it past, Michigan goalkeeper, Haley Jones.
Mack struck again before the end of the first stanza, knotting the game up at 2-2. The Michigan forward tallied her third goal of the weekend off a penalty corner with Leslie Smith inserting and Ainsley McCallister providing the stop. Both were credited with assists.
It appeared Maine had taken the lead with 25 minutes left but the overruled marker gave Michigan new life.
Lauren Thomas cashed in on a penalty corner at the 55:58 mark, with Smith once again recording the assist.
Michelle Roberts delivered the final blow at 60:32 as she deflected a Sammy Gray shot past Maine netminder, Sydney Kolysher, giving the Wolverines a 4-2 advantage.
Mack once again led the way for Michigan, recording four points (2 goals) in the contest. Svetek was the leading point-producer for the Black Bears with two points (two assists).
Maine once again split the goalkeeping duties as Natasha Ford took the first half as she made one save on three shots and allowed two goals. Kolysher played the majority of the second half tallying two saves on four shots and she also allowed two markers. The Black Bears pulled Kolysher at 64:58 in order to add an extra attacker.
Haley Jones started once again for the Wolverines, making three saves and allowing two goals for her first victory of the season.
Michigan held a decided advantage in penalty corners, getting credited for seven with Maine being held without a single penalty corner opportunity. The first time that has happened in at least two seasons.
The Black Bears will continue its slate this week as they travel to Boston, Mass., to play Boston College on Tuesday and Long Island, N.Y. on Saturday, to play Hostra, and Hamden, Conn. on Sunday to pla Quinnipiac. Match times for Tuesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. with the weekend games both being played at noon.