Sept. 28, 2012
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 7-0 in the all-time series against Pacific.
Michigan is 5-0 in games at Ocker Field this season, outscoring its opposition, 35-13. Last year, the Wolverines went 8-2 at home.
The Wolverines' seven goals are their most since scoring seven last season against Yale (Oct. 8, 2011).
Junior Rachael Mack upped her career goal total to 44 and moved to fifth among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category, where she is tied with Molly Powers (1999-2002).
Mack extended her scoring streak to seven straight games, boasting 11 goals over the stretch. Adding two assists, she has registered a point in each of the last nine games.
Freshman Aisling Naughton notched her first collegiate multi-goal game with a marker in each half vs. Pacific. She boasts five goals on the season.
Junior/sophomore Leslie Smith is 3-for-3 on penalty stroke opportunities this season. She also scored one in U-M's preseason exhibition contest vs. Michigan State.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On today's non-conference game ... "It's not always easy to play on a Friday. Girls are in class all day long, racing around, and it's hard to herd them all in and get them focused. I was happy with how they came out, stayed focused and followed the game plan. It was also a good opportunity to get our younger players some experience. We're really banged up, have some significant injuries right now, so it was helpful to give some of those players a whole week of rest before our game against Northwestern."
On U-M's offensive production ... "Pacific has a strong team. But you can sometimes get into those slogs where you're battling a team toe-to-toe when you don't need to be. That happens a lot, especially with a young team, where you can play down to the other team's level. Avoiding that was one of our important emphases. I thought we did a great job staying focused on what we wanted to do, and it really paid off, because we actually got better as the game went on."
On the plethora of goal scorers ... "We're getting more versatile. Some of that is because we've had to, because we don't have many seniors or upperclassmen and we've had a lot of injuries. Our players have had to be flexible and play different positions. That's been working out well. We'll be better for it down the stretch."
U-M Freshman Aisling Naughton
On what was working for Michigan ... "We were transferring the ball quite nicely. We settled down toward the second part of the first half, which was good because we were a little on edge at the start. We started playing two-touch hockey. We went back to basics, simple passes and simple ball in space. That worked very well."
On U-M's seven goals ... "I think it would boost anyone's confidence. When you see the ball going in the net, it's so much better than seeing it go wide. You actually feel that what you're doing in practice makes them go in. Obviously, 31 shots is a fair amount. Only seven went in, but at least those shots are there. Once they're on target and at the goal, if we're making the keeper work, that's really our aim."
U-M Junior Michelle Roberts
On Michigan's offense today ... "We worked well together. We were really focused in the circle and knew we needed to work hard to put away our chances. Scoring is a great confidence builder, and it's comforting to know that everyone on our team is capable of scoring goals. Leslie [Smith] is scoring as a defender. We have several freshmen who scored today. Everyone is contributing really well. We're not just counting on a few people. We have a lot of different players getting into these games, and they're all capable of putting the ball in the goal. That's big boost as we look ahead to the rest of our Big Ten schedule."