Nov. 2, 2012
N O T E S
With today's win, Michigan improved to 12-7 in the all-time series against Indiana. The Wolverines have claimed the last four meetings since 2010.
Michigan advances to the Big Ten Tournament final for the 11th time in program history and third consecutive year. With five titles each, U-M and Penn State are tied for the most conference tournament titles since its inception in 1994. The Wolverines previously captured Big Ten Tournament titles in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2010.
Sunday's Big Ten Tournament championship game will be a rematch of the 2011 final, which Penn State won, 3-2, in State College, Pa.
Michigan's eight-game win streak is the program's longest since claiming 11 in a row during the 2007 season.
The Wolverines have not allowed a goal since early in the second half against Iowa in their final weekend of regular-season play -- a span of 243:08. Senior/junior goalkeeper Haley Jones has posted 17 saves over the stretch. Jones boasts career highs with 107 saves and a .799 save percentage this season.
Junior Rachael Mack netted her first goal in four games with her second-half marker. She has scored a goal in 12 of Michigan's 20 games this season and registered at least one point in 15 games.
Mack's goal is her career-best 18t of the season. Her previous best was 17, which she registered as a freshman (2010). Mack ranks third among U-M's all-time goal leaders, 13 shy of the second spot, currently held by Mary Callam (64, 1976-79). Three-time All-American April Fronzoni (2000-03) owns the school record with 68 goals.
Freshman Lauren Thomas has scored four of her five goals on the season over the Wolverines' last six games. All four recent goals came against Big Ten competition.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Marcia Pankratz
On the Wolverines' surge in the second half ... "We were just outplayed in the first half. Indiana had nothing to lose. They played outstanding in the first half, stepping up and intercepting balls and just playing with more energy and more motivation than we were. At halftime, I reminded them that you have to earn the victory. It doesn't matter what we did yesterday; you've got to earn it. They got that message pretty clear. They came back out and earned it. I'm proud of them. It's not an easy thing to play back-to-back games with so many young players in a tournament like this. I couldn't be happier with them."
On the play of goalkeeper Haley Jones ... "Haley has been playing very, very well. She is having a very strong year, playing like a good leader with a lot of poise. She has quite a bit of experience, and she is, without question, a gamer. She plays well under pressure. That was important for us. She really kept us in the game."
On Michigan's recent momentum and win streak ... "We're just trying to keep it simple -- do the things that we do well and try not to make it complicated. We're also trying to really stay in the present. Momentum might be in politics, but in field hockey, you're only as good as the game you're playing in. I think we're in a good space mentally. They are really just trying as hard as they can in the moment."