March 11, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Oosterbaan Field House)
Score: #8 Northwestern 20, Michigan 6
Records: U-M (0-5, 0-2 ALC), Northwestern (3-3, 1-1 ALC)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 16 -- at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.), 1 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team could not overcome an early 10-0 run by No. 8 Northwestern, eventually falling to the Wildcats, 20-6, on Tuesday, March 11, inside Oosterbaan Field House.
Northwestern came out of the gates strong, tallying the first goal of the game just 50 seconds in and quickly generated a 10-0 lead by the 12:18 mark of the first half. Freshman Lauren Oberlander (Westfield, N.J./Kent Place School) ended the drought with a drive down the left side of the field, where she split two defenders and put the ball in the in the back of the net with 9:39 to play in the first stanza.
Oberlander's goal sparked a 3-0 Michigan run, with goals from freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) and freshman Sophie duPhily (Chadds Ford, Pa./Kennett). Schueler drove through the middle of the eight meter and whipped the ball in the top right corner for the Wolverines' second goal to cut NU's lead to eight, 10-2, with 4:46 left in the half.
U-M's third goal of the half came with 2:14 remaining, when duPhily fired a shot from the left just outside the crease after receiving a feed from freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore). The Wildcats ended the Michigan run with a goal of their own with just 42 ticks remaining to go up 11-3 going into halftime.
Out of the break, Northwestern poured in three straight scores in the first 7:50, before Schueler notched her second goal of the night. She drove right, beat her defender and fired a hard shot into the top corner with 20:12 left in the game. The Wolverines remained scoreless for the next 13:26, giving up an additional four goals and falling behind, 18-4. DuPhily ended the Wildcat run with the help of freshman Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), who beat a double team near the top-right hash of the eight meter and hit DuPhily, who was set up at the top of the crease.
DuPhily's second goal on the night was quickly followed by freshman Kim Coughlan's (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) second goal of the season. Michigan's sixth and final goal went unassisted as Coughlan won the draw and went straight for the net with 5:38 left to play.
In goal, freshman Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) recorded seven saves, two of which were off free position opportunities.
The Maize and Blue will hit the road again on Sunday (March 16) to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins (7-0, 0-0 ALC) at 1 p.m. at historic Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.
N O T E S
Northwestern held an 11-4 advantage in draw controls in the first half, but the Wolverines narrowed the gap, losing that battle, 7-6, in the second half.
Michigan's 11 turnovers were a season low, while the Wolverines forced Northwestern into eight turnovers.
With her assist today, Tess Korten has tallied at least one point in each game this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On the team's effort from the start ... "They were much more focused. At Florida, it was more like we were watching the game, as opposed to competing. That was one of the thing we focused on these past couple of days. Although it became 10-0 quite quickly, it was different. The focus, the camaraderie, the communication and the overall hustle, desire and determination was there. They ultimately were in the game competing, not watching."
On how to get goals earlier to boost confidence ... "We talk about not allowing other teams to go on streaks, so when we are able to, it clearly builds confidence. What we need to do is generate more draw controls. That will give us possession and as we get more possessions we will learn to be smarter with the ball and make better decisions in terms of whether to fast break or pull it up and work the ball into one of our motion offenses. Bottom line is, we don't shoot that often and when we do shoot, we do a pretty good job scoring. We don't get that many opportunities to shoot. Getting the draw control or the 50/50 ground balls and being able to make good decisions to get into our offense and get off good shots will definitely build confidence. "
On the importance of possession ... "In lacrosse, or in any sport, it's really hard to win a game if you don't have the ball. Draw controls are very specialized, so going up against Northwestern's draw specialist is very difficult because we tried absolutely everything. I think we did learn on the fly and made the adjustments and in the second half we were able to come up with more. We'll continue to learn from that and as we go into the next game, we need to recognize when and how to make those adjustments faster. A lot of it is just going to take some time and learning the strategy of how to compete against other people that have been doing this for a very long time and are specialists."
U-M Freshman Anna Schueler
On improvements from the Florida game ... "I think going into the Florida game we came out scared. Practice yesterday didn't go as well as we wanted it to and I think as a team, collectively, we knew we needed to be 100 percent with the effort and represent Michigan well, which we haven't been doing the past four games. I think that was a huge part of the way we came out and I'm looking forward to Hopkins on Sunday."
On limiting turnovers and making adjustments as the game goes on ... "Northwestern is a very skilled team and their draw person is a very skilled player, so we had to adjust to what she was doing. I think we did a good job of that and Coach Ulehla made really good adjustments. Where we were placing ourselves around the circle was a big part of that, as well as overall effort. We had a continued effort for the first time in both the first and second half. We came out really strong in our effort, so I think that was the biggest key."