Sept. 16, 2012
N O T E S
Today's meeting was the first ever between Michigan and Fairfield. U-M improved to 19-7 all-time against teams from the America East Conference.
Michigan is 4-0 in games at Ocker Field this season. Last year, the Wolverines went 8-2 at home.
Junior Rachael Mack upped her career goal total to 40 and moved to sixth among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, where she is tied with Dawn Kohut (1976-77). She needs four more to reach the fifth spot, currently held by Molly Powers (44, 1999-2002).
Mack boasts 10 multi-goal games in her career, sophomore Axelle Wouters owns three.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On the weekend performance ... "The first half of the weekend wasn't very strong. But after the halftime talk yesterday we really pulled it together and played simpler. The structure was better, the basics were better, and we played with more intensity. I was proud of the way we played today -- the full 70 minutes. It was a good match today."
On having Axelle Wouters back in the lineup ... "She's talented, skilled, fast and most importantly, she's experienced. She brings a lot of savvy, smart play and helps the younger kids stay in the right positions. She executes when we really need her to. She plays for the Under-21 team for Belgium and just came off the Junior European Championships. She settled in pretty quickly coming off that tournament. She was a little jetlagged, but she just immediately jumped into practice and games. So, it was a tough transition, but she managed it really well."
On scoring 11 goals this weekend ... "I hope it adds a lot of confidence for the young forwards. We do have some players playing a little out of position, like Shannon Scavelli, who was an unbelievable goal scorer in high school; we have her mostly in the midfield right now due to some injuries. So, there have been some adjustments, but everyone is managing it and it's giving some players opportunities to get in and get some experience."
U-M Junior Rachael Mack
On the weekend ... "We definitely had a good weekend, especially coming off a difficult first half yesterday when we didn't play our best hockey. We all came together and picked it up. We knew we had to pick it up, and we really did that today. It was a really good team performance."
On Michigan's 11 weekend goals ... "It feels great to score lots of goals, and we had a couple good score lines this weekend. As much as I like to score goals, I want the youngsters to score some goals too. They've been stepping up, keeping up with the pace of the game and learning every day in practice and in games. They've done a great job."
U-M Sophomore Axelle Wouters
On today's game ... "I think we learned from our first half yesterday and really picked up the game from the first minute of the first half and kept it up until the end. I think we did great today. As an offense, we talked about how we should lead more and create more options. So, we're still working on adapting as the game goes on. Overall, it was a good game."
On adjusting to being back in the lineup ... "The first two games were pretty hard for me, because everything was so new. They had their preseason and first four games already, and I was pretty tired after the European Championships. But I got to know the freshmen quickly and got comfortable with how they were playing, especially this weekend. I'm doing great."