Oct. 26, 2012
N O T E S
With today's victory, the Wolverines improved to 19-39 in the all-times series against Iowa. Michigan boasts five straight wins in the series.
Today was Iowa's first home loss of the season.
The Wolverines' five-game winning streak is their longest since posting six straight in the heart of the 2011 season.
Freshman Lauren Thomas owns four goals on the season and three over the Wolverines' last three games. She posted two in U-M's 4-3 win at Indiana (Oct. 19).
Senior Liesl Morris and junior/sophomore Lesley Smith both own a career-best 11 assists on the season. Morris has registered five assists over Michigan's last five games.
Senior/junior Haley Jones owns five double-digit save performances on the season. Three have come against Big Ten competition -- Penn State (14), Northwestern (12) and Iowa (10). She improved her save percentage to a career-best .780.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On the Wolverine performance ... "We played gritty and tenacious. It wasn't one of our best games. We were a little frazzled here and there, but Iowa created that. They are a very good team; they're skilled, and they're gritty and tenacious too. They took it to us and kept ramping it up as the game went on. I was so proud of our team for just staying in it and not giving it away. We played tough, relentless and smart."
On the young Michigan backfield ... "We've been trying to give them good structure -- good, basic and fundamental structure. I think game experience, more than anything else, has helped them get better and better. They are learning more and getting stronger with each game. I'm proud of those guys. They're a joy to coach, have great attitudes and work hard -- all of them. They're a good group of Wolverines."
On rebounding from a 0-2 start in the Big Ten ... "They stayed really positive. They really focused on continuing to learn and not getting discouraged. Starting off with Penn State was probably good for us, because they're such a strong team and our kids immediately understood the necessary level. We've been practicing at that level ever since and know what it takes, and it's been good for us."