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Michigan fights to finish but falls short in loss to No. 1 Northwestern

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» Maddie Burns broke the Michigan ground ball record with the 101st career ground ball.
» Jill Smith scored three goals and had seven draw victories.
» The Wolverines finished their 2024 regular season earning the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.
» Michigan will host Johns Hopkins on Saturday (April 27) in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 4 University of Michigan women’s lacrosse team fought but fell one goal short in a 13-12 loss to No. 1 Northwestern in the regular season finale on Sunday (April 21) at UM Lacrosse Stadium.

The Wolverines (14-2, 4-2 Big Ten) led by three and came back from a four-goal deficit to tie the game at 12 in the final three minutes against the Wildcats (13-2, 5-1) . Big Ten).

Michigan uses Jill Smith‘s third goal of the game to swing the momentum with 12:49 to play in the game. UM then won the subsequent draw check and Josie Gooch finished the possession with a goal from the free position to pull the Maize and Blue within two, 12-10.

The UM defense continued to prove why it leads the country in scoring defense, creating two turnovers over the next three minutes to get the ball back into the offense. Katharine Merrifield made a mistake and scored on the open position to bring the Wolverines within one, 12-11.

After some big defensive stops, Jane Fetterolf a striking fed Kaylee Dyer to level the score at 12 with just over five minutes to play. However, the Wolverines couldn’t find any further scoring, falling 13-12 on a final NU goal with three minutes to go.

Smith led the Michigan offense with her three goals and a career-best seven draw-control wins, while Dyer and Julia Schwabe had two goals each.

Defensively, UM held Northwestern to its second-lowest offensive performance of the season Erin O’Grady made nine stops in the cage. Senior Maddie Burns broke the Michigan ground ball record with her 101st, passing Anna Schueler, who had 100 pickups from 2014 to 2017. Burns also caused two turnovers and Ava class added two turnovers caused to her statline.

The Wolverines struck first in the opening stanza when Smith scored an unassisted goal with 7:26 on the clock. After four minutes, Northwestern scored the tying goal, but UM won the tie and scored on the next possession to take a 2–1 lead after one quarter.

The Wildcats came out of the quarter break to score two and take the lead before Michigan fired back with four straight goals, including two from Schwabe, to take a 6-3 lead with just over three minutes to play in the half.

Northwestern won the next tie and cut the lead to two, 6-4, as the two teams entered the locker room at halftime. Michigan outscored NU 20-12 in the first half, with Schwabe scoring two goals and Smith winning five draws and picking up two ground balls.

NU scored the first three goals of the third quarter in a span of five minutes to take its second lead of the game at 7-6. Smith quickly tied the score at seven with 8:45 left in the quarter, but again the Wildcats responded less than a minute later on the ensuing tie to go ahead 8-7.

Northwestern scored its second three-goal run of the quarter to take an 11-8 lead into the final 15 minutes.

After a fourth straight Wildcat goal, Michigan picked up the ground ball on a save and Smith scored to start a four-goal run to tie the game at 12 with just over five minutes to play.

Northwestern won the tie and attempted two shots that were saved by O’Grady to keep the game tied. The Wildcats used a timeout with 3:53 left in regulation time and came out of the break to score and take the 13-12 lead with 2:55 left on the game clock.

Michigan won the ensuing tie, but a turnover on the offensive side of the field allowed the Wildcats to run out the clock and secure the 13-12 win.

With the loss, UM earned the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament and will host No. 5 seed Johns Hopkins on Saturday (April 27) at UM Lacrosse Stadium.