#4 Michigan 16 Wisconsin 2
Mar. 7, 2009
Ann Arbor, MI -- With the rain pounding on the roof of Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, Michigan (7-2, 4-0) poured on goal after goal en route to a 16-2 victory over Wisconsin (0-3). The Wolverines scored the first eight goals of the contest putting any doubts about the outcome to rest early on. Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) recorded a hat-trick just over ten minutes into the game as she would finish with four goals for her seventh multi-goal game of the season. Johnson's third goal came as she forged through the Badger defense which drew a yellow card after the goal. Ten different Michigan players recorded goals as Michigan used the early lead to spread around the playing time. "We have a lot of depth so it's good to have fresh legs coming off the bench especially this weekend when we play four games in three days it's good to get a chance to get everyone in," said senior quad-captain Julie Baskind (Framington, MA/Framington).
After taking a 9-2 lead into the intermission, the Wolverines never let up in the second half, shutting out the Badgers 7-0 in the second stanza. Michigan controlled the pace for the entire game, allowing just two Wisconsin shots on goal. Mynda Krato (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) replaced Emmy Scheidt (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) in net and turned away the only shot she faced.
Michigan's sideline saw a familiar face wearing the red and white of Wisconsin in Darby Bose, an Ann Arbor native. Bose was a teammate of Michigan goalie, Emmy Scheidt when the pair played under Michigan's current coaching trio. Wisconsin's loss was its second defeat on the day after they fell to Michigan State 14-3. Wisconsin plays the early morning game at 8:00 AM on Sunday against Penn State. With daylights savings time taking effect overnight, those two teams will have to wake up in a hurry to be playing lacrosse at what will feel like 7:00 AM. Michigan takes the field at 10:30 against Northwestern in the tournament's final game. WCBN will have the broadcast of that game as they have all weekend.
Game Notes: Michigan is now 4-0 at home with all of those wins coming by at least seven goals...Johnson continues her hot start to the season as she moved into the team lead with 21 goals on the season...Johnson has now scored in 8 of the team's 9 games on the season...Michigan will next be in action at 10:30 AM on Sunday against Northwestern...Michigan released their schedule for the Colorado State Tournament today which can be seen using the link on the yellow sidebar...There was not a dry body in Oosterbaan as the fans had to battle through torrential downpours to enter the fieldhouse.
Senior quad-captain Rachel Lary:
On the weekend so far: Overall it's been a really good opportunity for us to work on some of the things we've been doing in practice and it's always good to see a variety of teams and what they have to bring. They pressured us through midfield and attack and that's always good to play against.
On her bounce pass-shot attempt in the second half: Julie [Baskind] and I have been working on this play for about a year where she bounces the ball to me and then I try to shoot it. It was hard to get the open space because they were playing tight defense on us. It's something we fool around with in practice so it's something that is fun to do in games when we have a comfortable lead...We're going to try it tomorrow, so keep your eyes out for it.
Senior quad-captain Julie Baskind on tomorrow's opponent, Northwestern: We don't know a whole lot about them but we want to finish out the weekend strong, don't let down, play with intensity, and be consistent for a whole game doing what we know how to do.
Assistant Coach Ginny Hughes on the defensive effort: We did a really nice job today of re-defending...When we have a turnover anywhere on the field, we've been working a lot on double-teams and playing high-pressure defense anywhere on the field. Our attack and our midfield did a great job of getting the ball back when we did turn it over so that was great to see.
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