Notes & Quotes: #9 Northwestern 4, #16 Michigan 1

Oct. 5, 2012



• Michigan fell to 29-22 in the all-time series against Northwestern. Today's loss snapped U-M's 20-game winning streak in the series, which dated back to 1997.

• U-M also fell to 5-1 at home this season.

• Junior Rachael Mack upped her career goals to 45 to claim sole possession of fifth among U-M's all-time leaders in the category.

• Senior/junior Haley Jones' 12 saves rank as the second-highest single-game save total of her career. She tallied 14 in the Big Ten opener at Penn State on Sept. 23.


U-M Junior Rachael Mack
On the physicality of today's game ... "They're big rivals, so that was bound to come out. It's always going to be a big battle; it's the Big Ten. It was definitely a physical game. But we need those to toughen up and get stronger."

On momentum shifts during the game ... "We definitely started the game well; probably one of our best starts this season. They didn't start particularly well, but they picked it up and it became a lot more even. So, that's just the way it goes. One team can be up and the other team can be down. I think it was a game like that."

On starting the Big Ten season with tough opposition ... "Hockey is a game of inches. You can be just as good on paper or better in real life; it just depends how the game goes that day. Northwestern is a great team -- Penn State is a great team -- but we think we're a great team too. It's going to fall. It's taking some time, but it's going to fall. I'm really looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament."

U-M Freshman Lauren Thomas
On the difference in today's game ... "I think they were stronger than us in their tackling, and at the end of the day, they played like they wanted it a little more than us. But that's something that we have to learn from and take into the next game. It's all a good learning curve for us."

On playing tough Big Ten teams ... "Starting with these hard games is really good for us. It shows us what we need to be like. I don't actually think we're that far off from these teams. If we play our game, we play what's in front of us, then we'll be good. These games are pushing us in practice and showing us what we have to do. It keeps that hunger in us to get that much better."

On her defensive save ... "To be honest, I didn't even know it was coming at me, so I just sort of threw myself on the line for the team. It was a buzz, but you just have to take it. I think any of my teammates would have done it. I've had the ball machine throwing at me in practice in preparation for things like that. It's paid off. I can thank Ryan [Langford], I guess."