No. 7 Field Hockey Drops Final Regular Season Game at No. 6 Michigan, 5-2
Ann Arbor, MI: The No. 7 Penn State Field Hockey team lost its final game of the season, a conference bout with the No. 6 Wolverines of Michigan.
Penn State fell behind early in the contest, as Michigan's Jenny Zingara netted her second goal of the season 1:25 into the game to put the Wolverines up 1-0.
Minutes later, at the 8:17 mark, the Wolverines' Lori Hillman scored the first of her consecutive goals to make the score 2-0. Hillman's second goal, coming 29:40 into the period, put the Nittany Lions in a 3-0 hole. It was the first time this season that Penn State has seen a three-goal deficit and just the second time this season that it saw a deficit of two or more goals, each coming in the last three games.
At the close of the half, Penn State's Heather Conroy (Duncannon, Pa.) knocked in her first goal of the game, a blast off a Nittany Lion penalty corner. Assisted by Neilye Stoner (Manheim, Pa.) and Michele Rigby (Dover, Del.), Conroy's 11th goal of the season pulled Penn State within two goals, at 3-1.
Michigan again struck early, when Adrienne Hortillosa knocked in her fifth goal of the season. The Michigan goal, coming 11:54 into the second period, put Michigan up by a 4-1 margin.
Striking less than three minutes later was April Fronzoni for the Wolverines. It was Fronzoni's 18th goal of the season and upped the Wolverine lead to 5-1. The 5-1 deficit marks just the second time in the past six seasons that the Nittany Lions have fallen behind by four-plus goals.
Penn State's Heather Conroy was again able to find the back of the net to close the Wolverine lead to 5-2. Conroy's goal, coming off another corner situation, was again assisted by Stoner and Rigby and was her 12th goal of the season.
Penn State was unable to overcome a swarming Michigan defense the remainder of the game, leaving the final margin at 5-2. The Nittany Lions fell to 15-5 for the season and 3-3 in Big Ten play with the defeat, while Michigan moved to 15-4 and 5-1 in the Big Ten, clinched a share of the Big Ten Regular Season title and earned the Big Ten Tournament's No. 1 seed.
Final Big Ten seedings will be released early next week as the Big Ten Tournament is set to begin on Friday, November 7th with the Tournament's No. 2 seed taking on the No. 7 seed at 10:00 a.m.