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Wolverines fall to Pitt on St. Patty's Day
Date: March 17, 2012
Site: Pittsburgh, PA (Cost Sports Center)
Score: Michigan 8, Pittsburgh 10
Next U-M Event: Saturday March 18, 2012 at Oosterbaan Field House against Western Michigan, 1:15 pm
PITTSBURGH—The Michigan women's club lacrosse team went in as the WCLA top ranked team. The Wolverines were confident in their ability to pull out a win over No. 12 Pittsburgh. But the Panthers gave them a run for their money and Michigan fell in a chase.
The game moved fast and Pittsburgh outscored the Wolverines 7-3 in the first half. After some adjustments, Michigan came back with a vengaence and tallied goal after goal. But it wasn't enough for a victory.
Cost Sports Center was an obstacle in and of itself — the light was dim, the field was small, and the turf was the old-style astroturf, with numerous holes and ditches scattered around the field. All of those factors may or may not have contributed to Michigan's lackluster results. Mostly, the Wolverines were outplayed by a Pitt team who was comfortable on their home field and would not be denied the victory in the biggest home game in their program's history.
Sophomore Julianne Patterson was the lone Wolverine to score more than a single goal. And senior captain Emmy Scheidt had a strong day in goal, saving almost 60% of Pitt's shots. Melissa Oddo also had a noteworthy game, marking up on Pitt's top offensive threat, and keeping her to a single goal.
Pittsburgh's goalie made multiple saves against Michigan. But the Wolverines rallied in the second half to outscore their opponent. In the last few minutes of the game, Michigan was only one goal away from tying it up, but Pitt took advantage of the open net when all Wolverines were out trying to break Pitt's offensive stall, and the Panthers scored in the final seconds to clinch the win.
Game's Performance Leaders:
Wolverine Scoring Plays:
Julianne Patterson unassisted goal, 8:44 into the first half, 3-1 Pittsburgh
Maddie Palmer unassisted goal, 27:15 into the first half, 6-2 Pittsburgh
Carly King goal with an assist by Kelsey Martin, 29:49 into the first half, 7-3 Pittsburgh
Rachel Stattler goal with an assist by Valerie VanHulle, 0:47 into the second half, 7-4 Pittsburgh
Ani Shekerjian goal with an assist by Julianne Patterson, 2:49 into the second half, 7-5 Pittsburgh
Claire Gadra unassisted goal, 13:10 into the second half, 7-6 Pittsburgh
Alaina Mezwa with a free position goal, 21:52 into the second half, 9-7 Pittsburgh
Julianne Patterson unassisted goal, 23:52 into the second half, 9-8 Pittsburgh