Oct. 14, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio- The No. 18 Ohio State field hockey team fell, 3-1, at No. 16 Michigan Sunday afternoon at Ocker Field in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Buckeyes (9-6, 1-3 Big Ten) tied the game, 1-1, at the end of the first half, but the Wolverines (9-5, 2-2 Big Ten) were able to post two late second-half goals en route to the conference win.
Offensively, senior captain Danica Deckard knocked in the team's lone goal at 31:44 when she tipped a shot in from the right post following a pass by sophomore midfielder Mona Frommhold. Deckard, a native of Selinsgrove, Pa., leads the team with 13 goals and 31 points - both career highs.
Michigan struck first at 1:56 when Rachael Mack carried the ball into the right side of the circle and found the back of the cage from the far post. Ohio State claimed six penalty corners vs. Michigan in the first half but could not capitalize vs. Michigan goalkeeper Haley Jones, who made five saves in the first 35 minutes. The Buckeyes held an 8-6 lead in shots in the first half.
Jones came up with two key saves in the middle of the second half when Deckard and junior midfielder Paula Pastor-Pitarque both had shots on goal during the 57th and 58th minutes, respectively.
Michigan gained the lead at 60:21 when Mack hit a reverse shot from the top of the circle with the assist by Liesl Morris. The Wolverines extended their lead to 3-1 after a timeout at 66:24 when Leslie Smith scored on a corner.
Overall, Ohio State held a 13-11 lead in shots and an 8-3 advantage in penalty corners. Junior goalkeeper Emma Voelker falls to 9-6, collecting four saves vs. the Wolverines.
Ohio State will now prepare to close the home schedule at 3 p.m. Friday vs. Penn State live on BTN. The Buckeyes will recognize their seniors before the start of the contest on Senior Day.
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