No. 7 Michigan clinches Big Ten title
Roundup: No. 1 Old Dominion, No. 9 Stanford earn shutout wins
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 7 Michigan captured its fourth outright Big Ten regular-season title and eighth overall with a 4-2 win against Indiana on Friday at Ocker Field. With the win, Michigan earned the top seed in the upcoming 2011 Big Ten Tournament and a bye in the first round of play.
The Maize and Blue fell behind the Hoosiers in the 16th minute when Audra Heilman connected from the center of the circle for her fifth goal of the season. Michigan tied the game six minutes later as freshman Emy Guttman took a pass from sophomore Ainsley McCallister on the left post and beat IU keeper Viki Green for her 11th goal of the year. The two teams went into the half deadlocked with Michigan having a 7-3 shot advantage and a 3-1 lead on penalty corners.
Michigan came out of the locker room and scored 26 seconds into the second half. Sophomore Rachael Mack's shot from the right side of the goal went in with an assist to fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes. It was Mack's team-leading 12th goal of the year.
Michigan took a 3-1 lead at 51:04 when freshman Aline Fobe took a direct corner from freshman Leslie Smith and buried a shot into the right corner of the goal. Indiana cut the Wolverine lead to one goal at 59:05 on a deflection from Jaclyn Zamudio, but Michigan answered with an insurance goal at 65:32 as senior Jess Allen scored her second goal of the season on a Brandes assist.
No. 1 Old Dominion 2, William & Mary 0
NORFOLK, Va. -- No. 1 Old Dominion got first-half goals from Stephanie Kratzer and Danielle Clutter for a 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association victory against William & Mary (6-11, 1-7) on Friday. ODU finishes the CAA regular season 8-0.
The victory gives ODU a 2-0 lead and 20 total points in the Optima Health Challenge which is a year-long competition between ODU and William & Mary. The winning school gets 10 points for every victory against the other.
The Lady Monarchs' opening score came 14:43 into the match as Clutter scored on an assist from Kathryn Kirk. About six minutes later Rebecca Condie found Stephanie Kratzer for the second goal.
The Lady Monarchs outshot the Tribe 15-2 as Devon Seifert picked up her seventh shutout of the season.
No. 5 Syracuse 3, Villanova 2
PHILADELPHIA -- After Villanova tied the score at two with 3:40 left in the second half, Heather Susek scored her conference-tying 16th goal of the season just 18 seconds later to lift Syracuse (15-3, 5-1) to a 3-2 win against the Wildcats on Friday. The win secures the Orange the No. 2 seed in next weekend’s Big East Tournament.
Syracuse outshot the Wildcats 18-6 for the game, while Villanova generated eight corners to SU’s five.
The Orange came out in the first half outshooting Villanova 8-3, including seven shots on goal. SU got on the board midway through the half as Lauren Brooks collected her second goal of the season off a shot from the left wing that deflected off Wildcat goalkeeper Megan Goelz.
The Wildcats continued their luck in penalty corners ten minutes into the second half, and tied the score at one when Leah High deflected a shot from Kristen Davila into the back of the cage.
Senior Martina Loncarica put SU back on top with 13:11 left in regulation when she took a pass from Jordan Page and sent a backhand shot from the left wing past Goelz for the score. Minutes later, Loncarica was issued a yellow card, forcing the Orange to play one-man down for five minutes.
No. 9 Stanford 5, UC Davis 0
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 9 Stanford posted its third consecutvie win and fourth shutout of the year on Friday, routing UC Davis 5-0 to close out conference play with an undefeated record.
The Cardinal received goals from five different players, and thoroughly dominated the game with a commanding advantage 21-2 shot edge, including a 12-0 cushion over the final 35 minutes.
Becky Dru opened the scoring with her team-leading 13th goal in the 11th minute, scoring unassisted following a penalty corner. Dru has now scored 13 goals in each of her first three seasons, giving her 39 for her career. Dru's goal acted as the game-winner.