Michigan erases three-goal deficit
Wolverines hold off New Hampshire, await top-seeded UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- No. 8 Michigan came back from a three-goal deficit with four markers in the second half to defeat No. 9 New Hampshire 5-4 on Saturday in the NCAA tournament first round at Francis E. Henry Stadium. Sophomore Rachael Mack netted a hat trick, including the game-winning goal in the 67th minute.
New Hampshire scored three goals in the game's first 24 minutes. UNH struck on a direct corner goal from Megan Bozek with assists to Hayley Rausch and Kendall Deck at 12:30. Then just 57 seconds later, Rausch scored with an assist to Kellie Joyce. Another corner play led to the Wildcats' third goal, scored by Kyle Lyons. With just 11 seconds before halftime, Mack netted the first of her three goals with an assist from freshman Axelle Wouters, cutting the UNH lead to 3-1 at the break.
Michigan came out of the locker room and put up another goal at 38:56. Fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes scored her first career marker, taking a pass from freshman Aline Fobe on the left post on a corner and beatng UNH keeper Katherine Nagengast. Michigan then tied the contest at 54:40 when a Wildcat turnover led to a Wouters unassisted goal. However, the Wildcats came back and took a 4-3 lead at 59:59 on an unassisted goal by Whitney Frates; but the Wolverines answered with 4:57 left as Mack tipped in a pass from freshman Emy Guttman. The game-winner occurred at 66:46 when Mack shot over the keeper for her 17th goal and fifth game-winning tally of the season.
Haley Jones and fifth-year senior Christi Barwick had three saves apiece in the win. Jones earned her ninth win of the season. Nagengast had five saves for the Wildcats.
Michigan held a 17-13 shot advantage, while UNH held a 6-4 lead in penalty corners.
The Wolverines and the top-seeded Tar Heels will face off Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinals in Chapel Hill.