Late Rally Comes Up Short as #10 Hawks Fall to #8 Michigan in NCAA First Round
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Freshman forward Tonya Botherway scored twice, but a spirited second-half rally fell just short as the 10th-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team dropped a tough 3-2 result to #8 Michigan in the First Round of the NCAA Field Hockey Championship on a rainy Friday afternoon at Karen Shelton Stadium.
Michigan (14-6) opened the scoring in the 13th minute as Meg Dowthwaite carried the ball into the circle and fired high into the cage for the game’s first goal.
The Wolverines doubled their lead six minutes later when Emma Way sent a long pass in to Tina D’Anjolell for a 2-0 lead at the 18:03 mark.
Saint Joseph’s (18-3) settled into the game late in first half, earning a pair of corners, and came out on the front foot in the second half. In the 40th minute, the Hawks were awarded a penalty corner that was challenged by the Wolverines; the call was upheld and SJU made it count, with Botherway tipping home a ball from fellow freshman Johanna Huse to cut the deficit in half.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Way would find the cage herself with 16:20 to go, redirecting a pass from Sofia Southam, to restore the two-goal margin for the Wolverines.
The Hawks didn’t fold, however, as Botherway took advantage of a one-on-one with Michigan goalkeeper Anna Spieker; the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year came out on top, firing low to beat Spieker and bringing the Hawks back within a goal.
SJU would have one last chance in the closing minutes, but the Michigan pressure forced a turnover, and the Wolverines maintained possession to see out the win and advance to play top-ranked North Carolina in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
Spieker made three saves on the day for Michigan, while junior Victoria Kammerinke made a number of big stops to keep the Hawks in the game and totaled eight on the day.
The defeat ends a program-record 14-game winning streak and a championship season for the Hawks. Their 18 wins match the program record set a season ago, while seniors Joely Helder, Monica Tice, and Anna Willocks set a new record for games played in a career; the trio started every Hawk contest over the past four years and took the field together 82 times.
Botherway, meanwhile, finished the season with 23 goals, 10 assists, and 56 points; her goal and point totals are both the third-highest single-season marks in program history.