Sept. 27, 2013
N O T E S
The Wolverines improved to 2-0 in the all-time series against Missouri State.
Michigan has outscored its homefield opposition this season, 12-1.
Senior/junior Leslie Smith is U-M's second player in three games to record a hat trick. Senior Rachael Mack tallied three goals at William & Mary last Friday (Sept. 20). The hat trick was the second of Smith's career. She also recorded a hat trick at home last season vs. Delaware.
Smith boasts seven stroke goals in her career. She went 3-for-4 on opportunities last season.
Fifth-year senior Haley Jones upped her career shutout total to 15, claiming sole possession of the fifth spot among U-M's all-time leaders in the category.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On Michigan's performance ... "We had some goals we were trying to accomplish today, and I thought we did a pretty good job with it, especially in the first half. We're trying to work on passing, transferring the ball and finishing, which I think we did a pretty good job with. I was proud of them."
On the Wolverines' improvements in defense since the North Carolina game ... "It's just hard work. That was a real wake-up call for our team. Carolina is good, but we're certainly better than that as well. We've been working extremely hard, training hard and just making some adjustments on some of our counterattacks. It's been working out pretty well."
On freshman Sina Lampe's transition to collegiate field hockey ... "She's got extraordinary skills. She's been playing field hockey since she was little, so her stick skills are strong. She has a lot of experience; she can read the game well and understands hockey at a pretty high level. She's been really successful so far. There have definitely been some adjustments for her, obviously, both on the field and off, but she had done a great job."
On Leslie Smith and the number penalty strokes ... "It was unbelievable. We certainly knew Leslie had the ability to do that; she has an amazing, world-class stroke. So, we have complete confidence in her every time she steps up there."
U-M Senior/Junior Leslie Smith
On U-M's play ... "I think we played well today but not our best. We need to stay more detailed in our skills -- receiving, passing and transferring. But we had some nice goals today, which is something we've struggled with, but now they're starting to fall."
On her three stroke goals ... "I've always loved stroking. My high school coach used to always tell me, 'Just perfect your stroke, because it's such an important skill. You never know when it's going to come down to it.' I've always gone to the same spot. I really take pride in it. I don't practice them every day here, but late in the week, I'll take some time to do a few to stay crisp."
U-M Freshman Sina Lampe
On her first collegiate goal ... "I'm really excited for the goal. It felt so great, especially here on our own field. It was just a great ball from Mack, and I just put it in."
On the transition from German to American field hockey ... "In Germany, we play really different, especially with our club teams. I love playing in both places. It's different here but not negative different. It's just faster and more physical. We do a lot more running here. But I like it. I've worked really hard, and I'm excited to play."