MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan field hockey team battled to the very last seconds with No. 14 Michigan in the senior class’ last home match, but fell to the Wolverines in a closely fought 1-0 loss Sunday afternoon at the CMU Field Hockey Complex.
In her final appearance at the CMU Field Hockey Complex and the 2012 regular season finale, senior midfielder Erin Dye had an opportunity to send the Chippewas (7-11, 3-2 MAC) into overtime with the Wolverines (13-5) on a shot taken just six seconds before the end of regulation, but the attempt was wide.
After allowing a breakaway goal to Michigan’s Aisling Naughton from Liesl Morris in the fifth minute for an early 1-0 disadvantage, the Chippewas played strong throughout the remaining 65 minutes to keep the match within one goal.
Dye had an opportunity to tie the match in the 17th minute when she played into the circle and had a shot blocked, corralled the rebound and took a second shot that was saved by the Michigan goalkeeper.
Just three minutes later sophomore forward Mary Alice Moore took a shot that was wide.
The defense, led by senior backs Emily Girasole and Brittany Burga and anchored by senior goalkeeper Anastasia Netto, frustrated the Wolverine offense for much of the game following their early goal. Michigan did not score after halftime and took just four shots in the second half, three of which were saved by Netto. Junior back Simone Lazar saved the fourth shot on the goal line.
The match served as senior day for Dye, Girasole, Burga, Netto and midfielder Erica Garwood.
Michigan did not score on a penalty corner throughout the match, despite taking eight to the Chippewas’ one.
The postseason will begin Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Oxford, Ohio, as the Chippewas get a rematch with Kent State, who defeated them 1-0 in double-overtime on Saturday.