#5 Michigan 9
February 13, 2010
Santa Barbara, Calif. -- It was a tale of two halves as #5 Michigan (0-2) fell to #3 Colorado (2-0) 10-9 in its first of two games on Saturday.
The Wolverines dominated the opening period on their way to an 8-3 halftime lead. Michigan looked crisp and focused from the opening draw scoring on its first six shots of the game. Senior Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) put Michigan on the board with her second goal of the season just 0:50 into the contest.
Freshman Sam Zetlin (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) followed up her impressive debut with back-to-back goals to give Michigan an early 3-0 advantage.
Ani Shekerjian (Birmingham, Mich./Detroit Country Day) converted on a free-position opportunity to push the lead out to 4-0 when Michigan's long possession led to a three-second violation call against Colorado.
Zetlin needed just 12:00 to earn her first-career hat-trick, netting her third goal of the game at the 18:37 mark in the first half to make the score 5-0.
Colorado started its scoring on three consecutive free-position goals to pull within two goals at 5-3. The Buffalo made advantage of their eight-meter opportunities converting all three chances in the first half.
Michigan answered Colorado's run with a three-goal streak of its own punctuated by freshman Jamee Jacobson (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest). Jacobson intercepted a lazy pass from the Colorado goalie and was immediately fouled. On the ensuing restart, Jacobson sprinted in on goal and bounced a shot past the goalie for her first career goal with 0:10 left on the clock.
The Wolverines started the second half right where they left off scoring 1:30 into the period when a pair of captains connected, junior Britt Boehm (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) to senior Arielle Dyner (Livingston, N.J./Livingston).
With Michigan ahead 9-3, Colorado started a 7-0 run, capitalizing on Michigan's turnovers and fouls. The Buffalo scored on four of their seven free-positions in the second half with a total of seven of their ten goals coming off Wolverine fouls.
Michigan will take on #7 Cal Poly tonight at 10:00 PM ET. Cal Poly has won at nationals seven of the nine years that the tournament has been held.
Game Notes: Senior tri-captain Amy Santoriello left the game with a foot and ankle injury and did not return....Michigan scored one three of seven free-position chances in the first half but only had one opportunity in the second half.