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'M' wins first game of the Shootout
Date: February 17, 2012
Site: Santa Barbara, CA
Score: Michigan 11, UCSB 8
Next U-M Event: Sunday February 18, 2012 in Santa Barbara, CA against BYU and UGA, 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, respectively
Santa Barbara—It was a rematch from last year Santa Barbara Shootout, but this time the Michigan women's club lacrosse team came out on top in an 11-8 finish. Last year, in the first game of the tournament, the Wolverines fell to the Gauchos 13-8.
They redeemed themselves this time around and they're ready for the rest of the weekend's games.
UCSB put the first goal on the board, but Michigan retaliated with three unanswered goals. But in the last few minutes of the first half the Guachos started to rally and the half ended 7-5 in Michigan's favor.
The Wolverines came back in with a strong defensive effort. Senior captain Kelsey Martin found a total of five interceptions throughout the game and junior Rachel Stattler had three of her own.
Seniors Ani Shekerjian and Melissa Oddo both recorded two draw controls and Michigan defended their lead until the end. It was the sweet taste of revenge. But the Wolverines have three more games before heading home on Sunday.
Game's Scoring Leaders:
Wolverine Scoring Plays:
Katie Mezwa unassisted goal, 6:37 into the first half, 1-1 tie
Maddie Palmer goal with an assist by Alaina Mezwa, 9:20 into the first half, 2-1 Michigan
Julianne Patterson unassisted goal, 11:00 into the first half, 3-1 Michigan
Rachel Stattler goal with an assist by Melissa Oddo, 14:00 into the first half, 4-2 Michigan
Julianne Patterson free position goal, 17:20 into the first half, 5-2 Michigan
Ani Shekerjian goal with an assist by Julianne Patterson, 19:52 into the first half, 6-2 Michgan
Katie Mezwa goal with an assist by Ani Shekerjian, 21:40 into the first half, 7-2 Michigan
Julianne Patterson goal with an assist by Maddie Palmer, 3:30 into the second half, 8-6 tie
Rachel Stattler unassisted goal, 8:27 into the second half, 9-6 Michigan
Julianne Patterson free position goal, 20:07 into the second half, 10-7 tie
Ani Shekerjian goal with an assist by Julianne Patterson, 29:10 into the second half, 11-8 Michigan