Thompson’s offensive work leads Michigan past Eastern Michigan
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Michigan moves to 4-0 at home with a 16-3 win over Eastern Michigan.
Kaley Thompson had a career-high five assists.
The Wolverines led 11-0 at halftime.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The 17th-ranked University of Michigan women’s lacrosse team earned a decisive 16-3 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday, March 19, at Michigan State Lacrosse Stadium. UM, to move to 4-0 at home this season.
UM (7-4) outscored EMU 39-12 with 17 shots on goal in the victory, while taking the tie 16-6 behind Lily Montemarano’s seven wins.
Offensively, Kaley Thompson had five career assists as an offensive hitting resource and Annabelle Burke recorded her first career hat trick. Erin Garvey, Josie Gooch and Caroline Davis combined for six goals with two each and Frances Workman added two assists.
On the defensive end, Michigan forced 17 turnovers as Maddie Burns, Mariana Lopez-Ona and Haley Polk all had two caused turnovers. In the cage, Maya Santa-Maria picked up her seventh win of the season with two saves and Erin O’Grady and Mariah Sweeney saw time in goal, with Sweeney making two saves.
UM opened the scoring three minutes into the game when Thompson found Burke to turn on the scoreboard for the first time. Wolverines added back-to-back goals less than a minute apart from Garvey and Jill Smith before Thompson assisted on four straight goals, including two to Davis as UM took a 7-0 second-quarter lead.
The Eagles (1-5) held off Michigan with 7:28 left in the quarter when Montemarano snatched a goal off a pass from Caroline Bean and Jane Fetterolf found the back of the net 45 seconds later to go extra Michigan lead to 9-0. . Wolverines added two final goals in the dying minutes of the first half to take an 11-0 lead and start a running clock in the second half.
Eastern found its first of three goals to start the third quarter, but Michigan responded with two of its own to go 13-1 with 6:25 left in the third stanza. Each team capitalized one last time in the third quarter and Michigan took a comfortable 14-2 lead in the final 10 minutes of action.
Wolverines outscored Eastern 2-1 in the final quarter to claim a 16-3 victory.
Michigan returns to Big Ten action Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. when they host Rutgers at UM Lacrosse Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on B1G+.