Michigan's Early Lead Depleted by Marquette in Home Opener
Lauren Oberlander

Feb. 28, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Oosterbaan Field House)
Score: Marquette 12, Michigan 10
Records: U-M (0-2), MU (1-2)
Attendance: 508
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, March 5 -- at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Fla.), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team established a 5-0 advantage in the first 5:25 of play against Marquette in the program's inaugural home opener, but could not hold onto the lead down the stretch, as the Golden Eagles came from behind to earn their first win of the season, 12-10, on Friday, Feb. 28, inside Oosterbaan Field House.

Freshman Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) led the Wolverines with a game-high four goals, while freshman Lauren Oberlander (Westfield, N.J./Kent Place School) also recorded her first career hat trick.

Angerman had her hand in three of U-M's first five goals, scoring the first two to give the Maize and Blue an early 2-0 lead by the 27:53 mark, and assisting on freshman Madeline Dion's (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) first career goal to push the lead to 5-0 just 5:25 into the game.

Marquette stopped Michigan's early run at the 19:25 mark, when a U-M foul in the eight meter led to a free position goal from Rebecca Putna. The Golden Eagles began to pressure more on the defensive end, forcing U-M into several turnovers. Marquette added to its first goal, scoring five more unanswered goals before the half, including a free position goal with 27 ticks left on the clock to take a 6-5 lead into the break.

Marquette pushed its lead to two, 7-5, 1:35 into the second half before Angerman added her third goal to end a 25:15 Wolverine scoring drought with 24:10 remaining in the second half, brining U-M within one.

The two teams traded goals over the next 10 minutes of play and a free position goal by freshman Emily Braun (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic Central) and transition goal off a turnover from freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) helped deadlock the game 9-9 at the 14:56 mark.

Michigan secured the final four draw controls of the game, but was unable to maintain possession and keep the Golden Eagles out of scoring position. Marquette broke the 9-9 tie with three straight goals to take a 12-9 lead with 4:34 remaining in regulation. Angerman found freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) cutting around the crease, who beat Marquette goalie Sarah Preim, to bring U-M within two, 12-10.

Korten controlled the ensuing draw with four minutes to go, but a Wolverine turnover gave Marquette the ball back and the Golden Eagles ran out the clock to secure the win.

Freshman Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) played all 60 minutes in goal for the Wolverines, making 10 saves.

Michigan will now head south during spring break (March 3-9) for a non-conference matchup with Jacksonville (March 5, 7 p.m.) before opening ALC play at Florida (March 8, 1 p.m.).


• U-M director of athletics Dave Brandon was honored in a pre-game ceremony in appreciation of his support and leadership in launching the women's lacrosse program.

• Michigan held a 17-14 advantage in ground balls, but were edged, 13-11, in draw controls.

Contact: Whitney Dixon

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