This season was considered a 2 game season from the outset.
Penn State and Maryland.
After an OT win at Ohio State on Friday, #9 Michigan took their 2-0 B1G record to University Park, PA for a top-10 showdown with #3 Penn State.
This has been a heated, physical rivalry over the last two seasons. And a competitive series overall. Last year it was PSU who raced out to a large lead early on Michigan's home turf.
This year, the tables were turned.
Meg Dowthwaite scored her team-leading 8th goal of the season 18 minutes into the game to put Michigan up 1-0 on a fast break.
The Wolverines struck again just 8 minutes later, when Esther de Leijer fed Carly Bennett for the goal making it 2-0.
In the 2nd half, it was Bennett who gave it to de Leijer for the goal, as she put the game away giving Michigan a commanding 3-0 lead.
Goalie Sam Swenson stood on her head, yet again. 9 saves in this one. Michigan outshot PSU 13-12, and led in SOG 12-9. The ELITE Michigan defense turned away 8 Penn State penalty corners.
Michigan's defense has allowed 0 goals through 3 B1G games, two of them on the road.
Michigan held on for the 3-0 shutout, stunning #3 Penn State in front of a near-capacity crowd who were probably expecting a big Nittany Lion win.
Michigan is now 7-2 and 3-0 in the B1G.
The game that's been circled since the release of the schedule is up next. Michigan hosts #10 Maryland at 6pm at Ocker Field on Friday.
Maryland was upset today by Northwestern and still has to play Penn State. A win on Friday would give Michigan margin for error the rest of the year. It should be treated as a championship game given Michigan just won their toughest game on the schedule today in grand fashion.
We've only beaten Maryland once all-time. 2001, for the National Championship. The overall series record is not pretty and they are a monkey on the back. That can all go away with a win on Friday night.