Notes & Quotes: #16 Michigan 3, #19 Michigan State 2 (OT)

Oct. 12, 2012

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• Today's game will be replayed on the Big Ten Network at 4 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 13).

• Michigan improved to 37-23-6 in the all-times series against Michigan State. The Wolverines have claimed the last three meetings.

• Michigan is 6-1 at Phyllis Ocker Field this season.

• The Wolverines outshot MSU 7-0 over the final 4:43 played in the contest.

• Michigan is 2-0 in overtime this season and a stellar 9-1 since the 2010 season.

• Two newcomers have netted the Wolverines' overtime - this season. Freshman Lauren Thomas scored on the penalty corner at 76:46 in U-M's 2-1 win at then-No. 21 Albany on Sept. 7.

• Junior Rachael Mack has scored 13 goals over her current nine-game scoring streak. Adding two assists, she has notched a point in each of the last 11 games.


Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On Michigan's tenacity to come back ... "It's nice to see that we can really come back; they don't ever give up. I appreciate that quality. I think the full 70-minute concentration lapse is due to some inexperience. I'm not trying to keep using that as an excuse; it's just what it is right now. We're working through it, and hopefully every day we're getting better. I do appreciate a team that can still pull out a game having not played very well. That's a good sign for the future."

On what she told U-M at halftime ... "We had to start playing field hockey instead of standing around. We had to get back to the basics. Everyone was just watching the game from within the game. I think they were a little shellshocked. So, we had to get back to the basics, remember what the tactics were and then execute them. When we do the simple play, then all of a sudden we start playing field hockey. It got a lot better."

On freshman Aisling Naughton's game-winning goal ... "I think that's what speed does for you. She's very fast, probably our fastest player since April Fronzoni. Being a freshman, she's just starting to put it together, and once she does, she's going to be dangerous for us. We kept telling her to stay patient, try not to get down on herself, because it would eventually fall. It sure did."

U-M Freshman Aisling Naughton
On her game-winning goal ... "We had a couple opportunities. As long as we were making the goalkeeper work, going on target, I knew hopefully one would go in. We were under pressure. Leslie [Smith] had the ball, dribbled it in along the left-hand side of the circle, had a nice reverse-stick hit -- nice and flat on the ground. I was on the back post with my stick on the ground. When I saw it go in, I was so happy. That's the best moment ever."

U-M Senior/Junior Haley Jones
On some of the hype surrounding today's game ... "There was a lot of buildup for today, and I think sometimes that can have a negative effect on your team. There's just a lot of activity going on, which can certainly distract you from the game. I think that got us a little bit in the first half. We were a little too excited about everything, but then we got regrouped and were ready to go."

On Michigan's early second-half goals ... "Getting those goals were huge for us. After we got them, I think we let up a little bit, which was disappointing to see. But it's undeniable that those goals gave life to the team. Everyone was excited and ready to keep pushing and fighting. It immediately erased that sense of defeat and allowed us to refocus."