Feb. 22, 2014
Site: Villanova, Pa. (Villanova Stadium)
Score: Villanova 20, Michigan 7
Records: U-M (0-1), Villanova (1-0)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 28 -- vs. Marquette (Oosterbaan Field House), 5 p.m.
VILLANOVA, Pa. -- In its inaugural game as a varsity program, the University of Michigan women's lacrosse team came up short at Villanova, 20-7, on Saturday (Feb. 22) at Villanova Stadium. U-M scored the first goal in the season opener for both teams, and the game was tied on two occasions early in the game, but the Wildcats slowly increased their lead, eventually building a 10-goal advantage by the 19:25 mark of the second half.
Freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) and freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) each netted a pair of goals to lead the Wolverines, while three other U-M players also tallied their first career goals in a Maize and Blue uniform.
It took just 32 seconds for Korten to etch her name into the record book, scoring the program's first goal at the 29:28 mark. Freshman Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) drove down the middle and found Korten cutting around the left side of the crease. Korten received the pass and with one shot fake beat Villanova goalie Julia Todd to put Michigan up, 1-0.
The Wildcats scored the next two goals at the 26:26 and 23:45 marks, respectively, to take a 2-1 lead. Schueler evened the score 2-2 off a free position shot from the right side with 21:53 to play in the first half.
Villanova responded with five unanswered goals over a span of 7:51 to increase its advantage to 7-2 with 13:11 remaining in the opening stanza. Freshman Regan Anderson's (Dana Point, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal School) first career goal halted the run at the 10:20 mark to make it 7-3 Wildcats, as Korten hit Anderson in stride cutting from the left side.
After a Villanova goal pushed the Wildcats' lead to 8-3, Schueler drove straight down the middle and registered her second goal of the game to cut the lead in half, 8-4, with 6:09 on the clock. Villanova snuck in another goal with four ticks on the clock to take a 9-4 lead into the half.
Out of the break, the Wildcats produced a 4-0 run in the first 7:02 of the half before freshman Lauren Oberlander (Westfield, N.J./Kent Place School) hit freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) in the middle of the eight-meter for Breitfeller's first career goal at the 22:03 mark.
With Villanova leading 15-5, a yellow card on VU's Taylor Mangione led to a free position shot for Angerman. Angerman missed the shot wide, giving Wildcat goalie Jaclyn Farum possession, but as she began to walk the ball up field on the clear, Korten came from behind and checked the ball out of her stick. Korten picked up the ground ball just outside the crease and capitalized on an open net, making the score 15-6 Villanova at the 17:28 mark.
The Wildcats outscored the Wolverines 5-1 over the final 11:23 of the game, with freshman Sophie duPhily (Chadds Ford, Pa./Kennett) tallying a transition goal for U-M at the 1:54 mark.
Freshman Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) played all 60 minutes in the cage for Michigan, recording eight saves, five ground balls, and three caused turnovers.
Michigan will play its home opener on Friday (Feb. 28) when it welcomes Marquette to Oosterbaan Fieldhouse for a 5 p.m. matchup. Tickets for the home opener are available at the U-M ticket office or online at MGoBlue.com/tickets.
N O T E S
Head coach Jennifer Ulehla had been on campus for 908 days prior to coaching her first game for Michigan.
Villanova held a 37-11 advantage in shots and edged U-M in ground balls (18-14) and in draw controls (16-13). Anna Schueler had a team-high four draw controls.
Contact: Whitney Dixon