Win Streak Extends to 12 as Field Hockey Defeats Michigan, 3-2
ANN ARBOR, Mich. October 2, 2005 - Penn State scored three first-half goals and the No. 7 Nittany Lions held on to defeat No. 13 Michigan, 3-2, in Arbor on Sunday. The win improved Penn State's record to 12-1, 2-0, and extended the Nittany Lions' winning streak to 12 straight, which ties for the second longest in program history. The team also won 12 in a row in 1991, and set the record for a single-season win streak in 1993 with 15.
For the second straight game Penn State got on the board early. Just over two minutes into the game Shaun Banta (Gibbsboro, N.J.) got her stick on a Kiersten Wood (Lititz, Pa.) corner shot to make it 1-0.
Annelise Legel (Morgantown, Pa.) extended PSU's lead to 2-0 at the 23:13 mark off an assist from Banta. A little over 10 minutes later at the 33:35 mark, Legel scored again when she lifted a shot into the high right corner off a pass from Britney Long (Lancaster, Pa.).
Michigan (6-6, 0-3) closed the gap in the second half with a goal in the 51st minute by Stephanie Hoyer off an assist from Erin Dallas. Hoyer and Dallas then connected again when Hoyer passed to Dallas for the Wolverines' second score at the 56:20 mark. Penn State managed to hold the Michigan offense at bay for the final 13:40 to leave Ann Arbor with the win.
The game was a good test for the Nittany Lions, who defeated their third ranked opponent this season without the services of All-American Bekah Hostetler (Hershey, Pa.) who did not play due to injury. Sophomore Mallory Weisen (Middleburg, Pa.) started in her place.
Offensively, the teams played fairly evenly, with Penn State taking 15 shots to Michigan's 14. The Wolverines took eight penalty corners to the Lions' six. In goal, senior keeper Megan Akstin (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) tallied four saves, while Michigan's Beth Riley recorded nine.
The goals were Legel's 10th and 11th of the season, and she is tied with Banta, who now also 11 scores on the season, for the team high. Wood's assist gives her six on the year, which ties with Natalie Berrena (State College, Pa.) for tops on the squad.
Penn State does not have a weekday game this week, and will face Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. The team returns home for a final three-game homestand vs. Michigan State (Oct. 15), Bucknell (Oct. 18) and Ohio State (Oct. 22).
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