Oct. 21, 2012
N O T E S
After today's win, Michigan improved to 16-2 in the all-time series against Miami, with a three-game winning streak in the series.
Michigan posted an 8-1 record at Ocker Field this season, outscoring its opposition, 45-19. Last year, the Wolverines went 8-2 at home. Michigan is 129-43 record at its home facility since its 1995 inauguration.
Junior Rachael Mack upped her career goal total to 50, claiming third place among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. She needs 14 to reach the second spot, currently held by Mary Callam (64, 1976-79).
Mack boasts 13 multi-goal games in her career.
Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones owns three complete-game shutouts on the season and combined with sophomore/freshman Adrianna Crovo for a fourth. Three of U-M's four shutouts came at home this year.
Junior/sophomore Sammy Gray's defensive save in the second half was the first of her career. Michigan has seven defensive saves on the season. Junior/sophomore Leslie Smith leads the team with four.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On U-M's surge in the second half ... "I think the momentum changed after the second goal. I felt like it was still a little tight after the first one. But then [Rachael] Mack had that unassisted play and scored it, and everyone relaxed and said, 'Let's just play and stay focused.' I thought they did a great job of that. I was proud of them."
On what she said to the team at halftime ... "We had to make some adjustments tactically. We were struggling with breaking the ball out on defense; I thought Miami did a nice job there. So we had to make a couple of adjustments, which we did at halftime. That helped a little bit. I just wanted them to stay with it. We've been trying, with this young squad, to play a full 70 minutes. We've put together great halves in all kinds of different games. I felt like finally today we put two together in the same game. That resulted in a nice victory for us."
U-M Junior Rachael Mack
On winning in the home finale ... "It's huge. It's always lovely to win at home. With Liesl [Morris] being our lone senior, we wanted to win for her. She's been a star this past year. It was nice to bring home the win.
On chipping away at opportunities until finally scoring ... "I think that goalie had a really good game. She's a very solid goalie and she came up really big for them. It wasn't necessarily the first shot we scored on but the rebound. So, we just had to get those second, third or fourth shots; those were the goals that fell."
U-M Senior Liesl Morris
On winning on Senior Day ... "It's definitely significant. It's always nice to go out on a good note. When I look at the home season, we only had one loss here. That's awesome -- to be able to defend your home turf so well, especially as such a young team. This is their new home, but they immediately knew how important it was to defend it. I'm very proud of this team for being tenacious throughout the whole game. It was 70 minutes of hardcore work. It was great."