#12 Michigan 12
March 19, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- No. 12-ranked Michigan (3-4) dominated from start to finish on the strength of a stifling defensive performance to defeat intrastate rivals, No. 16-ranked Michigan State (3-1) 12-3 in East Lansing. The Wolverines scored 10 of the game's first 11 goals to put the game out of hand on the way to winning their third-consecutive contest.
Sophomore goalie Emmy Scheidt (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) anchored a stellar defense saving 12 of 15 shots (.800) including three-of-five free-position attempts while Michigan's high-pressure defense forced four turnovers and scooped up 17 ground-balls. Scheidt's single-game .800 save percentage ranks highest in program history (minimum of eight saves).
The Wolverines opened up a 2-0 lead with goals from sophomore Ani Shekerjian (Bloomfield Hills, Mich/Detroit Country Day) and senior Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) before the Spartans managed a score to cut the lead to 2-1.
That would be the closest Michigan State would get as Michigan scored five-straight goals to close the first half and take a commanding 7-1 lead at the break. Shekerjian recorded her first-career hat-trick with three goals in the first half along with one assist.
The Wolverines opened the second half with three-consecutive goals to break the game open at 10-1. Johnson and freshman Sam Zetlin (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) each scored their second markers of the game and sophomore Maddie Palmer (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) finished off the seven-goal Michigan run.
MSU netted back-to-back goals but UM responded with a pair of its own to make the final score 12-3.
Michigan will play two games tomorrow (March 20) against No. 14-ranked Pittsburgh and Miami University at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
Game Notes: Michigan's win avenged a preseason loss at MSU and marked its second-consecutive win in the rivalry...Zetlin scored multiple goals for the seventh-consecutive game...Johnson's hat-trick was her second of the season...Johnson extended her own program-record for goals scored to 135 and points to 169...The loss was the first defeat of the year for MSU.