March 5, 2014
Site: Jacksonville, Fla. (Southern Oak Stadium)
Score: Jacksonville 15, Michigan 7
Records: U-M (0-3), Jacksonville (3-3)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 8 -- at Florida (Gainesville, Fla.), 1 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team could not overcome a 6-0 Jacksonville run at the start of the second half, eventually falling to the host Dolphins, 15-7, on Wednesday (March 5) inside Southern Oak Stadium.
Freshmen Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) each tallied a pair of goals, while freshman goalkeeper Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) made a season-best 13 saves in net. Angerman also added two assists to finish with a team-high four points.
Jacksonville got on the board first, scoring just 20 seconds in to the contest. Less than four minutes later, the Dolphins increased their early lead to 2-0. On the ensuing draw, freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) came up with possession and once U-M entered its attacking third, Angerman was quickly awarded a free position, which she converted at the 23:06 mark.
The Dolphins scored back-to-back goals just 24 seconds apart to push their lead to four, 5-1, with 21:17 remaining in the first half. Off the draw, Angerman scooped up the ball and passed it across field to freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport), who ran straight up the left side and beat JU's goalie high to make it 5-2 at 21:06.
Jacksonville responded with a free-position goal, before Angerman tacked on her second goal of the night. As U-M began to settle into its offense, Angerman was isolated behind the right side of the crease and beat her defender and then beat the goalie high.
With Jacksonville leading 8-3, Schueler escaped a double team outside the 12 meter and drove left, firing the ball into the top right corner to cut JU's lead in half, 8-4, at the 2:29 mark. The Dolphins tacked on another goal with 32 ticks remaining in the half to take a 9-4 lead into the break.
Jacksonville opened the second half on a 6-0 run over a span of 16:37 to take a double-digit lead, 15-4, with 11:41 to play. Angerman connected with Korten for a goal at the 9:14 mark, starting a 3-0 Wolverine run. Angerman had the ball wide right and found Korten open in the middle of the eight meter for a quick catch and the score.
A big save by Silber with 1:39 remaining in regulation led to a transition goal from freshman Sophie duPhily (Chadds Ford, Pa./Kennett) at the 1:24 mark; Angerman assisted on the score.
Jacksonville won the following draw, but a missed shot gave possession back to the Wolverines with 40 seconds left. Michigan got the ball into the attacking zone with 17 seconds to go and as time expired, Schueler beat JU goalie Asia Moore.
Michigan will remain in Florida and begin American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) play at Florida on Saturday (March 8). The game is slated for a 1 p.m. start at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
N O T E S
Defender Sara Beach held Jacksonville's second-leading scorer Taylor McCord to zero goals.
Tonight's game at Jacksonville marked the first night game in program history.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On the positives she saw tonight ... "Defensively we've come a long way. We're able to run a little bit more of a higher-pressure defense. Technically, they're moving a lot better and they're understanding the X's and O's, as far as what it is we're asking them to do. They also have a little bit more grit in them and understand that they can set the tempo. Jacksonville had a great offense and they did a lot of really nice things. Defensively, we're making the strides that we want to make and I'm happy to see that."
On Allison Silber's performance ... "I'm really proud of her. In the beginning, I think she was struggling with the lights -- they got a couple of good shots in there on her, but she was able to regain her composure. Ultimately, what I love about this team is that they showed so much fight and she was one of the reasons -- coming up with big, big saves in the second half, all the way down to the last seconds of the game. That's one of the things we've been working on with her -- her ability to regain her composure. I'm thrilled to see how each one of these athletes is growing, and today for her it was a big step forward from a mentality standpoint."
On how the defense and the goalie feed off each other ... "When you have a better defense in front of you that's able to take away certain angles and slow the ball down, it makes it easier for a goaltender. When you have a defense that rallies around you, it certainly makes it easier for a goalie to come up with great saves, but also it goes the other way; when she comes up with big saves, it invigorates everyone. It's neat to see the entire group respond as well as they did to each other tonight and it's something we're going to grab ahold of and move forward with."
On adjusting to Jacksonville's ride ... "It took us a little while to figure out. I was expecting it and we talked about it before the game. They didn't bring it on until the second half, but it's a matter of being able to get up into the right position and move the ball quickly. Once we called a timeout and I was able to explain to them that we need to spread out, use the width and get them to shift to one side, and them move it quickly, they began to understand it and execute it much better. These are young minds and learning the game of lacrosse at a very high level is a lot. These teams are throwing everything at us because we're young and they know they can. That's a lot of pressure and I was glad to see we were able to respond to it even after we got beaten by it a few times."
On the team continuing to fight throughout the entire game ... "We worked so hard and it doesn't necessarily show on the scoreboard or in the stats. Jacksonville was going to stall on us, and we've been working on our break stall because we had a problem with it against Marquette, so to see them go out and execute it and get two turnovers off of it and bring the ball down and score off it was a thrilling thing for us. We have to take the little things as they come and enjoy them and make sure we keep building."
U-M Freshman Goalkeeper Allison Silber
On her and the defense stepping up tonight ... "When I make a big save, it helps get the defense and everyone else pumped up, and when the defense makes a big stop it has the same effect on me -- I feel a lot more confident and a lot calmer. The defense and I really work together and feed off each other, and that's what makes a good defense a good defense, and a good team a good team -- when the goalie and the defense, as well as the rest of the team helps pump each other up and everyone is connecting well."
On stops by the defense translating into offensive opportunities ... "Coming up with a big stop allows us the opportunity to get the ball down on our end. When we get that stop, then our attack gets pumped up and says 'now it's our turn to show what we have'. When we play with that confidence and make big stops, that translates onto the offensive end and allows them to capitalize on their opportunities."
On carrying positives from tonight's game into Saturday's game at Florida ... "We are definitely going to learn from the things that we didn't do as well tonight, but if we focus on the positives and focus on putting all the positives we've seen this season together, that will allow us to play well at Florida. If we focus on the stops we got tonight and the nice plays the attack made down the stretch, that will give us confidence that we can make those same plays against Florida."