The No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal was just too much for No. 10 ranked Michigan Wolverines to win their season opening game, 11-2. Olympian Melissa Seidermann played in her first collegiate game since 2011, and came out with an excellent performance by scoring five goals in the win. The other two Olympians on the roster, Maggie Steffens and Annika Dries, were actually held scoreless in this game.
Stanford came out strong by racing out to a 4-0 lead over the first five minutes of the game, Michigan was able to find the back of the net when freshman Bryce Beckwith made to make it 4-1 after the first period.
The Michigan defense stepped up huge by holding Stanford scoreless for 11:54 which stretched for the entire second quarter. During that stretch Michigan was able to make it 4-2 at the half, with the second goal coming from senior Kiki Golden.
In the second half, Stanford awoke to step up their offense and defensive efforts. The Cardinal ended up outscoring the Wolverines 7-0 to make the game a blowout
Michigan head coach Matt Anderson discussed the team's performance against the best team in college:
"Considering they were playing the best college team put together on paper, we asked them to battle their best and see what happens. After they scored two quick goals in the first, we called a timeout and then we really picked up and battled. They were running their starters all first half; we were only down 4-2, and I was very happy with that effort. Melissa Siedemann just became too much to handle.
That's why she helped USA win a gold medal. They had two quick goals in the first 30 seconds of the second, but that's why they're the number one team. They can strike quickly. In the second half, they slowly wore us out, but we continued to work. All in all, there were some good things we can take from this, and hopefully it benefits us for our games against two very tough teams tomorrow."
Here is the box score:
U-M Goals: Bryce Beckwith, Kiki Golden
Stanford Goals: Melissa Seidemann 5, Anna Yelizarova 2, Kaitlyn Lo, Kiley Neushul, Gurpreet Sohi, Kelsey Suggs
Saves: U-M 10 (Alex Adamson), Stanford 7 (Baldoni)