March 30, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Despite last-minute heroics by junior attacker Meghan Jordan and sophomore midfielder Mary Doyle to extend the contest, UC Davis ultimately fell to Michigan by a final of 13-12 in the second sudden-victory period during women's lacrosse action at Michigan Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Aggies fall to 6-4 for the season. The rookie Wolverines pick up their historic first victory, improving to 1-8 overall.
Jordan scored a goal on a second-chance shot with just 14 seconds left in regulation, forcing the overtime period. Doyle netted an equalizer with a mere seven ticks left in the first overtime after UM's Tess Korten had scored the go-ahead goal at the 0:21 mark, forcing the sudden victory. Senior goalkeeper Jordan Majka, who took over the crease to start the second half, made two saves in the first three-minute segment of the second overtime to protect the tie.
For the Wolverines, Anna Schlueler tallied five goals with an assist, scoring the game-winner with 1:07 remaining in the second overtime. Korten matched that goals total, including the score late in the first overtime to briefly give Michigan a 12-11 lead.
The two teams battled closely in the first half before Schueler scored back-to-back in the 30th minute to provide UM with a 6-5 halftime lead. Korten netted a goal immediately into the second half, and Schueler followed in the 38th minute to extend the Wolverine lead to 8-5. However, Doyle and Kellan responded with eight-meter conversions in the 40th to cut the deficit back to one.
Michigan restored its lead to 11-8 on Korten's fourth goal with 13:17 left in regulation. Doyle won the ensuing draw, then went straight to the Wolverine cage to end the run, Landry scored on an eight-meter in the 54th minute to bring the margin to just 11-10.
UC Davis turned the ball over in transition with more than four minutes left in the second half, allowing UM to call a timeout and run a clock-management game. The Wolverines maintained possession, and even took a power-play advantage after a UC Davis yellow card at 0:42. Nonetheless, a UM turnover and a Jordan ground ball pick-up gave the Aggies one last possession to force overtime. Landry had a chance at the eight-meter arc for a shot, but Allison Silber was there for the Michigan save. Jordan scooped up the rebound then immediately scored to tie the contest at 11-11.
UC Davis and Michigan managed only one shot apiece for the first five minutes of overtime. A Lauren Oberlander steal with 28 seconds left set up Korten's go-ahead goal seven seconds later. However, Landry won the next draw and Doyle took advantage with her equalizer at :07. Junior Allie Lehner won the next draw to give the Aggies another possession but the clock expired soon after.
Michigan fired six shots while UC Davis managed none in the second overtime. Majka put saves on two of the Wolverine attempts but a late Aggie turnover allowed another transition. This time, Schueler fired in the winner with 1:07 showing.
The Wolverines held a 31-27 shooting edge, but 9-2 in the two overtimes. They also cleaned up their transition game, improving from 5-for-9 on clears in the first half to a perfect 3-for-3 in the extra frames. Meanwhile, UC Davis struggled to clear the midfield, managing just 8 of 17 overall and 4 of 10 after halftime.
The Aggies return home to begin a stretch of six straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation games, starting with Friday's 3 p.m. matchup with Colorado.
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