Riding the nation's longest winning streak, #13 Michigan faced another ranked opponent today in #25 Towson at U-M Lacrosse Stadium.
Michigan has already beaten #25 Dartmouth, #14 Colorado and #9 Denver. The Maize & Blue were looking for their 4th win over a ranked team this season and 5th in the program's 6 year history.
Towson is ranked #25 but was 0-5. All of their losses came against ranked opponents. Last season in coach Hannah Nielsen's first season, #10 Towson handed an unranked Michigan team a 14-7 loss on the road.
This team has grown up quite a bit since.
Today Michigan got out to a 5-2 lead in the first half and controlled play, leading in both shots (18-10) and draw controls (9-4). Towson went on a bit of a run to close the half though as the Wolverines led 7-5 at halftime. Lilly Grass and Maggie Kane both had two goals apiece in the opening half.
The second half was when things got tense.
Towson scored the first 3 goals of the second half to take an 8-7 lead, the first time the Wolverines had seriously been on their heels in the second half since the last time they faced a ranked opponent.
However two goals by Caitlin Muir, another from Maggie Kane and Adriana Pendino's first gave Michigan an 11-8 lead with 9 minutes left to play. The Wolverines couldn't shake Towson though who was hungry for their first win of the season as Towson would respond with a 3-0 run of their own and tied the game with 23 seconds left.
Michigan won what would be a crucial final draw control of the game and called timeout. Out of the timeout it was Molly Garrett with the ball and she took it all the way to the cage and scored the game-winning goal with just 9.9 seconds left. Her second game-winner of the season over the #25 ranked team.
Michigan avoided overtime and held on to win 12-11 over #25 Towson, dropping them to 0-6 and presumably knocking them out of the Top-25.
Michigan held the advantage in shots (37-19), shots on goal (26-16) and the draw control (15-10).
Michigan is now 9-0 and has won 10 straight games going back to last season. Michigan has won 5 straight games against Top-25 opponents after starting 0-35 as a program against ranked teams from 2014 - 4/3/2018.
That streak started last season in the finale at #16 Penn State. Maggie Kane's buzzer beater goal with no time left on the clock gave Michigan a 12-11 shocking upset victory. And up next on the schedule is that same opponent.
Michigan will face #19 Penn State on Saturday at Noon at U-M Lacrosse Stadium in the B1G opener.