Oct. 24, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The UC Davis field hockey stayed even with No. 12 Michigan through the first half, before eventually falling 2-0 Sunday, at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Aggies took a 0-0 tie into the intermission after 35 minutes of play, despite getting out shot 17-0 in the first frame. For the game, the Wolverines held a 32-3 advantage in shots taken and a 14-1 separation in shots on goal. With the loss, UC Davis dropped 5-9 overall while Michigan improved to 11-6.
The Aggie defense continued to keep UC Davis in a position to bid for an upset, as Lauren Sawvelle collected eight saves in the first half while holding the Wolverines scoreless.
Michigan did manage to control most of the action in the first half, preventing the Aggies from getting a shot off. Despite the shot discrepancy, UC Davis took the scoreless tie into the halftime break.
It was much of the same in the second half, with Michigan out shooting the Aggies 15-3 in the final period. The Wolverines finally managed to get on the board in the 39th minute, when Katie Adams scored her fourth goal of the season on a deflection.
UC Davis had a pair of shots on goal in the second half from Cloey Lemmon and Sarah Schneider, but they couldn't find the back of the cage. Michigan extended their lead in the 54th minute, taking a 2-0 advantage after Bryn Bain scored following a penalty corner. The score remained at 2-0 during the final 15 minutes, as the Wolverines managed to hang on for the win.
Sawvelle played a complete game in goal for the Aggies, collecting 13 saves in the process. For Michigan, Haley Jones received credit for the win after splitting time in goal with Christi Barwick.
"Once again, the Aggies showed some fierce defense against another top team in the nation," said head coach Vianney Campos. "We adjusted well to Michigan's game plan and were able to intercept many of their balls. Michigan is a very tough and calm team and they did a great job of converting opportunities into shots. Lauren and the rest of the defense never gave up and stopped many of their opportunities."
"This was a very successful learning experience for the team," continued Campos. "But if we want to get to the next level, we need the offense to find a way to contribute more consistently. We are ready to take on Pacific and the rest of the NorPac."
UC Davis will play their final regular season game next weekend, when they travel to play NorPac foe Pacific on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.