Notes & Quotes: #9 Michigan 4, Maine 2

Sep 1, 2013



• With today's win, Michigan improved to 6-2 in the all-time series against Maine.

• Head coach Marcia Pankratz improved to 200-91 in her career, becoming the 32nd NCAA Division I coach to reach 200 career wins. Among current active coaches, Pankratz ranks 18th in total wins and ninth in career winning percentage (.687).

• Senior Rachael Mack boasts nine multi-goal efforts in her career.

• Sophomore Lauren Thomas owns three game-winning goals in her career.

• Senior/junior Leslie Smith posted two assists in each of the Wolverines' games this weekend. She led U-M with 12 assists last year.


Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On today's performance ... "We definitely picked it up in the second half. We needed to clean up some defensive organization. Particularly, they weren't making good decisions on the fast breaks coming at us. So we made some adjustments at halftime and cleaned that up for the second half, which was good and necessary. I thought we made some good adjustments from yesterday to be more aggressive on our press and give them less time to make decisions, and our corner execution was also very good today.

"I think they're still getting their feet on the ground and going through a couple growing pains this weekend to figure out the identity of Team 41. I think it's really coming together. I was pleased with the game today and with how they adjusted, reacted and really fought through the whole game together. This has been a really good, connected team. They are really playing as a whole unit, which is nice to see."

On what she learned through opening weekend ... "You come out of the first weekend with a lot fewer questions. In this sport, you only get 12 days to prepare with a whole new class of freshmen, and a few of those are very important pieces to our puzzle. You get to re-figure out positions, communication, how we play with each other, what our style is going to be and what our personality is going to develop into. Playing on the road at Maine, it's not an easy place to play. So, I thought we did a nice job rebounding from yesterday's game and coming out strong today."

U-M Senior Rachael Mack
On bouncing back from yesterday's loss ... "UMass is great team. I think we experienced some first-game nerves, and we're still trying to figure out how to play together. I think we learned a lot from yesterday's game, and we tried to tweak and implement them into our game today. Some of those we did a little halfhearted in the first half, but it was much better in the second. That's where we won the match. I think we really came together as a team. We stuck together, worked as a unit, took what we'd learned and made it happen."

On U-M's corner execution ... "We've really worked on our corners, because obviously the corner is a great opportunity to score. So, it feels really good to get those looking clean and crisp."

U-M Sophomore Lauren Thomas
On the Wolverines' game ... "We started off a bit shaky, and I think the nerves were there. With that third goal, it allowed us to be a bit more relaxed and just play our hockey. The fourth goal from Michelle [Roberts] came as a relief. We got together as a group and discussed how we needed to stay calm and keep the pressure on. We ended very strong. So, it showed us that we can really step up from a shaky start and win 4-2."