NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Anne-Lise Maag (Gr., Menlo Park, Calif.) recorded a hat-trick to earn Player of the Game honors as No. 2 University of Michigan topped No. 5 University of Oregon 8-4 in the third place game of the 2011 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship at the University of Notre Dame's Rolfs Aquatic Center.
It marks the third Top 10 finish for the Wolverines at the National Collegiate Club Championship in as many years following a seventh place mark in 2009 and a national runner-up placement at the 2010 championship with a 6-5 loss to National Champion California Polytechnic State University.
Oregon nets its fourth consecutive Top 10 finish as the Ducks finished third (2008), second (2009) and fourth (2010) over the past three seasons and seventh overall as the squad holds previous finishes of fourth (2001), eighth (2005), 10th (2002), 13th (2006) from before the 2008 season.
The game was tight throughout the first half as Michigan took the first lead at 6:14 with a five-meter penalty shot blast by Katie Hazelrigg (So., Rolling Hills, Calif.) before Beth Gordon (Sr., Walnut Creek, Calif.) countered with a six-on-five goal at the 2:58 mark.
Michigan regained the lead for good prior to the end of the period as Jessie Carr (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.) rifled a shot into the twine 52 seconds following Gordon's equalizer to put the Wolverines back ahead 2-1.
The margin grew to 3-1 over a minute and one half into the second period as Maag beat Oregon goalie Kelsey Fanshier (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) at even-strength. Oregon trimmed the Maize & Blue advantage back to a single score courtesy a point by Katie Peront (Sr., Beaverton, Ore.) at 4:55, but the Wolverines reeled off four goals while holding the Ducks scoreless over the next 10 minutes to hold a 7-2 lead with 45 seconds left in the third period.
Paula Finnegan (So., Ann Arbor, Mich.) started the spurt with 4:33 left in the second period with a five-meter penalty shot, while Hazelrigg chipped in her second tally of the day with an advantage score at 2:23 to give the Wolverines a 5-2 halftime lead.
Milli Brown (Jr., Rockford, Mich,) cushioned the lead with a man-up marker at 4:43 and Maag insulated the lead further with her second strike of the day with 45 seconds left in the third period to give the Maize & Blue a five goal lead (7-2) with 7:45 left in regulation.
Peront knocked a corner off the deficit with a five-meter penalty shot at the 27 seconds mark of the third period, but Maag completed her hat-trick with a penalty shot 1:38 into the fourth period to complete the Wolverines' scoring.
Hilary Wilcox (Jr., Portland, Ore.) wrapped up the offense for both teams nearly two minutes later when she tossed in a natural goal with 1:47 left on the game clock to set the scoreboard at 8-4.
The key to the game was Michigan's ability to draw and make Oregon pay for exclusions as the Wolverines cashed in on five-of-seven chances to overpower and overcome the Ducks.
On defense, Marley Andrews (So., Hudsonville, Mich.) of Michigan and Fanshier both recorded five saves for their respective programs.
|No. 5 University of Oregon
|No. 2 University of Michigan||2
Anne-Lise Maag (3); Katie Hazelrigg (2); Paula Finnegan; Jessica
Carr; Milli Brown
Oregon Goals: Katie Peront; Beth Gordon; Hilary Wilcox
Saves: Michigan - Marley Andrews (5) ; Oregon - Kelsey Fanshier (5)
Exclusions: Michigan - 5 ; Oregon - 7
Advantage Opportunities: Michigan - 5-for-7 ; Oregon - 2-for-5
Sprints: Michigan - 3-for-4 ; Oregon - 1-for-4
Officials: Perry Korbakis, Kristin Stanford
2011 University of Michigan
Wolverines - National Collegiate Club Third Place