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Michigan rallies but falls short in overtime against the Buffalos

Date: March 30, 2012

Site: Boulder, CO (Kittredge Turf Fields)

Score: Michigan 13, Colorado Boulder 14

Next U-M Event: Saturday March 31, 2012 on Kittredge Turf Fields against Arizona and UC Davis, 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm, respectively


BOULDER, CO—The Michigan women's club lacrosse team made a close comeback en route to a 14-13 loss in overtime. With two starters out this weekend due to injuries, sophomore Julianne Patterson picked up the slack with six goals in today's game.

Boulder scored first, but Michigan answered for a 1-1 tie. That's when the Buffalos widened the gap to leave the Wolverines trailing 6-3 at the end of the first half. It seemed to be all about draw control — Michigan only tallied two in the first half, but coming back into the second half, Michigan played with new energy and mounted a fierce comeback.

Michigan won eight draw controls — Patterson with five — and rallied against Boulder. In the final seconds of regulation time, senior captain Ani Shekerjian scored on a free position shot to tie the game, for the first time since 1-1, and send the game into overtime. Michigan finally claimed its first lead of the game in overtime, and scored twice in the first overtime half, going up 13-11. But the Buffalos retaliated with three goals of their own to finish the game on top.

The Wolverines lost a close one, but they still have three games ahead of them in the Mile High Invitational.


Box Score:

First Half
Second Half
University of Michigan
University of Colorado, Boulder


Game's Scoring Leaders:

Julianne Patterson
Valerie VanHulle
Ani Shekerjian


Wolverine Scoring Plays:

Alaina Mezwa free position goal, 8:27 into the first half, 1-1 tie

Julianne Patterson free position goal, 27:49 into the first half, 6-2 Boulder

Claire Gadra free position goal, 29:31 into the first half, 6-3 Boulder

Maddie Palmer free position goal, 4:44 into the second half, 7-4 Boulder

Julianne Patterson free position goal, 18:59 into the second half, 8-5 Boulder

Julianne Patterson goal with an assist by Claire Gadra, 15:32 into the second half, 10-6 Boulder

Julianne Patterson goal with an assist by Ani Shekerjian, 17:34 into the second half, 10-7 Boulder

Katie Mezwa goal with an assist by Ani Shekerjian, 22:35 into the second half, 11-8 Boulder

Julianne Patterson unassisted goal, 22:50 into the second half, 11-9 Boulder

Valerie VanHulle free position goal, 28:55 into the second half, 11-10 Boulder

Ani Shekerjian free position goal, 29:28 into the second half, 11-11 tie

Julianne Patterson unassisted goal, 1:23 into first half of overtime, 12-11 Michigan

Valerie VanHulle goal with an assist by Julianne Patterson, 2:27 into the first half of overtime, 13-11 Michigan