#4 Michigan 18 Calvin 3
Grand Rapids, MI -- Despite missing eight players due to injury, academic, or religious commitments, Michigan (14-3) blew past Calvin College (7-5) 18-3. The team bus pulled up to the field just three minutes before the 7:00 PM scheduled start time but the Wolverines needed little time to warm up, taking the lead just one minute into the game with Amy Santoriello's (Westfield,NJ/Westfield) 8th goal of the season.
Goalie Emmy Scheidt (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) kept the lead intact, turning aside consecutive eight-meter shots within a span of one minute. The action stayed in the Michigan offensive zone for the remainder of the half with the Wolverines jumping out to an 8-0 lead before the Knights pushed across their first goal at the 5:15 mark. Calvin would score again with 1:16 to go in the half, cutting the Michigan lead to 8-2 at the break.
Britt Boehm (Rocky River, OH/Magnificant) got the second half scoring started off the opening draw, finding the net just :37 into the second stanza. Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) added her third goal of the game to put Michigan into double-digit scoring for the 11th time this season. Michigan is undefeated when scoring ten or more goals.
Johnson added two more goals in the half, tying her season-high with five goals on the evening. The Wolverines never took their feet off the pedal, scoring six times in the final eight minutes, including two goals in the last :25 to make the final score 18-3. While it may be hard to stay focused once the outcome is determined, Michigan takes advantage of the opportunity to practice against a live opponent, "We regroup after every goal and decide what we want to accomplish in offensively before we score again," said Senior quad-captain, Julie Baskind (Framingham, MA/Framingham). "We set up scenarios for ourselves to mimic the competition we will face at Nationals." Michigan will next be in action at the regional tournament in Toledo, OH seeking a bid to nationals.
Game Notes: The game was played on Davenport University's outdoor turf field...As the sun began to set, a lack of lights became an issue as many players on both sides had trouble catching passes...Michigan wrapped up its regular season with a 16-3 record...Delaney Kempner, Jenna Weinberg, Ifat Ribon, Ashley Felber, and Erin Conroy did not make the trip due to academic and religious commitment...Arielle Dyner (hamstring), Alexis Pavle (ankle), and Sam Staroba (knee) missed the game with injuries...Pavle and Dyner are expected to play next weekend...The Wolverines will play in the WCLL regional tournament on April 18th in Toledo, OH with an automatic bid to nationals on the line...Johnson finished the regular season as the team leader in goals with 44.
Sophomore Jess Stanley (Birmingham/Marian):
On the difficulty of playing a mid-week night game on the road...It's tough but we look at it as an opportunity to use what we learn in practice in a competitive setting to better prepare us for nationals.
Senior Christine Lee (Troy, MI/Troy):
On what the team needs to do to prepare for postseason play...The coaches have given us plenty of things to work on in terms of our defensive positioning, shot placement and overall discipline, on the field, so we need to keep these in mind and make our play perfect.
Senior quad-captain, Becca Miller (Pittsburgh, PA/Shaler Area):
Our team needs to focus on the basics. We have achieved a lot so far this season, but it all boils down to which team can catch, throw, and score, so we really need to make sure we are confident with our fundamentals.
Senior Alexis Pavle (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South):
On how the team has improved from the start of the regular season to now...We have really learned how one another plays, and on a team of 28 this is quite a feat. Our practices have become more efficient and are played at a higher intensity as regionals near. We've meshed on the field and this chemistry has given us confidence and really elevated our play.