Sept. 15, 2012
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 9-1-1 in the all-time series against Saint Louis. The Wolverines have won the last eight meetings.
Michigan's six goals are its most since scoring six against Quinnipiac last season (Sept. 19, 2011).
U-M improved to 3-0 at Ocker Field this season.
Junior Rachael Mack posted her fifth career hat trick and the second for U-M this season. Junior/sophomore Leslie Smith scored three goals in the home opener vs. Delaware.
Mack boasts a three-game scoring streak, registering five goals over the stretch. She also has tallied at least one point in each of the last five games with five goals and two assists.
Mack upped her career goal total to 38 and moved to eighth among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, where she is tied with Meredith Way (2007-10). She needs one more to reach the seventh spot, currently held by Kay McCarthy (39, 1980-83).
Ten different Wolverines have scored this season. Sophomore/freshman Lauren Kent is the sixth U-M player to register her first collegiate goal over the season's first seven games.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On bouncing back in the second half ... "I think we made some adjustments at halftime. When you have some younger players in the game, it's often about playing for the full 70 minutes and focusing and concentrating on playing a full 70 minutes. We are working on that. I was really appreciative and proud about how we regrouped in the second half. That was really good."
On Rachael Mack being a team leader ... "I think she leads by example and leads with her actions. She is mature and a strong competitive player. It was nice to see her step up when we needed her in this game, lead by example and really set the tone in the second half -- then perform because that is important."
On goal scoring being contagious ... "I think with a younger team everyone kind of looks around to see who is going to step up and score. It's nice when someone can actually make it happen, because then everyone else starts to chip in and play better. That was big for us today."
U-M Junior Rachael Mack
On the difference between the first and second half ... "We didn't play our best hockey in the first half. We had to come out in the second half and really pick it up. We defended better than we did, and I think that was key having the defense push all the way through to their forward line. We were able to score some goals from that."
On having a solid second-half performance ... "It shows good things about our team when they can come out after a not-great first half and pick it up. I'm really glad we did that because it shows that we are mentally tough, and we have got to keep working on that aspect of our game as the season gets bigger and bigger."