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March 20, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 12-ranked Michigan (4-4) went on a 6-1 run late in the second half to pull out a hard-fought 13-10 victory over No. 14-ranked Pittsburgh (7-4). The game was a back-and-forth battle between two top-ranked teams until the Wolverines netted four goals in a row to open up an 11-9 lead.
Michigan jumped ahead early on freshman Sam Zetlin's (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) 22nd goal of the season before Pittsburgh responded with three straight goals, opening a 3-1 advantage.
The Wolverines answered with a goal from junior Jess Stanley (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Marian) to cut the Pittsburgh lead to one.
With 8:08 remaining in the first half Pittsburgh took a 4-2 lead on a free-position marker. The Panthers converted both of their free-position opportunities of the first half.
Making her first save of the game, sophomore goalie Emmy Scheidt (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) became the program's all-time leader in career saves with 241 to edge out Jackie Fu (2002-05).
The teams traded goals for the remainder of the half as Pitt took 7-6 lead into the break. Zetlin, Stanley and senior Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) each netted a pair of goals in the first half for Michigan while Pitt's goals were spread among seven different players.
Zetlin opened up the second half the same way as the first to pick up her fifth hat-trick of the year and knot the score at 7-7.
Pitt responded with a pair of goals to take a 9-7 lead at the 21:48 mark before Michigan began its run. Sophomore Alaina Mezwa (Rochester Hills, Mich./Sacred Heart) provided the spark, taking the ball coast-to-coast, racing past the entire Pitt defense for her sixth goal of the season. Mezwa struck again on a free-position to tie the score at 9-9 with 14:12 to play.
At 10:32, junior tri-captain Britt Boehm (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) found the back of the net on a free-position to give the Wolverines their first lead since 1-0.
Junior Rachel Killian (Plymouth, Mich./Ladywood) made it four straight scores for Michigan off a feed from Zetlin to give Michigan an 11-9 edge. Killian beat the defense back in transition and Zetlin hit her in stride for a breakaway opportunity.
Pitt closed to within one with another free-position tally at the 5:30 mark but Michigan put the game away with a patient offense that turned in two more goals in the final minutes.
With the Wolverines working the ball around the perimeter, Johnson managed to find freshman Rachel Stattler (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Sacred Heart) cut open across the middle and Stattler finished top-left shelf to ice the game.
Johnson capped the scoring with her third goal of the contest and 14th of the season giving the Wolverines a 13-10 victory. Johnson's hat-trick was her second in as many games.
Michigan will play its second game of the day at 3:00 vs. Miami University. Michigan, Miami, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and John Carroll are all taking part in a day-long tournament at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
Game Notes: Zetlin and Johnson each recorded hat-tricks for the Wolverines...Zetlin's hat-trick was her fifth of the season...Zetlin scored multiple goals for the eighth-consecutive game...With three goals and one assist, Johnson extended her own program-record for goals scored to 138 and points to 173...Boehm's goal was the 65th of her career and moves her into a tie for fourth-place all-time with Ashley Steitz (2005-08). She is one goal away from matching Noelle Frazier (2004-07) for third place. Her 88 career points now rank fifth all-time and she is also within one point of Frazier for fourth place all-time in total points.