Oct. 1, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team conquered in-state rival and No. 6-ranked Michigan State, 2-1, on Friday afternoon (Oct. 1) at Ocker Field. The Wolverines' winning streak has reached seven games as they remain undefeated in Big Ten play (2-0). Senior Zara Saydjari (Skowhegan, Maine/Skowhegan Area) owned a pair of crucial goals, one in each half, to secure the victory for the Maize and Blue.

Michigan had the advantage of a penalty corner at 17:13 in the first half. Redshirt junior Katie Adams (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) pushed the ball into play, fifth-year senior Paige Laytos (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) stick-stopped, and senior Meredith Way (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) tried the shot. The Spartan keeper blocked Way's attempt, but Saydjari was in position to lift the ball over the keeper and put the ball in the back of the cage.

Michigan State put the tying goal on the board before the opening 35 minutes of play expired. After a desperate defensive play by Way, the Spartans were awarded a penalty stroke. MSU's Jantine Steinmetz put the ball in the upper left corner to lock the score at one goal apiece entering the intermission.

The Maize and Blue kept the action contained in Spartan territory before reclaiming the lead at 14:36 in the second half. A soft shot came off junior Bryn Bain's (Berlin, N.J./Eastern Regional) stick at the top of the circle. Saydjari, stationed at the inside-left of the cage, was in position once again to complete the play by lifting the ball in off the Spartan keeper.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Haley Jones (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) made a key save late in the second half off a Spartan corner to protect the Wolverine lead and ensure the 2-1 win.

Michigan returns to play Sunday (Oct. 3) at 1 p.m., taking on the challenge of No. 1-ranked Maryland at Ocker Field.