Michigan Unable to Complete Comeback against Winthrop
Lauren Oberlander

March 20, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: Winthrop 14, Michigan 12
Records: U-M (0-7), Winthrop (3-5)
Attendance: 268
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 23 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 1 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team fell just shy of a comeback win against the Winthrop Eagles despite outscoring them, 9-7, in the second half, eventually losing, 14-12, on Thursday (March 20) inside Michigan Stadium. Freshmen Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy), Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Lauren Oberlander (Westfield, N.J./Kent Place School) each recorded hat tricks to pace the Wolverines.

After Winthrop built a 7-3 halftime lead, it pushed its advantage to six, 9-3, less than five minutes into the second half. Michigan regrouped and came back fighting, starting with Oberlander's second goal of the night at 23:45, on a feed from Schueler. At the 18:27 mark, Angerman curled around from behind the net and slid the ball past the near post to put Michigan within four, 9-5.

The game continued to go back and forth as the Wolverines slowly chipped away at the Eagle lead. Angerman scored again, this time cutting in from the left corner and firing home a low shot with 16:19 remaining in the game. A minute later, Michigan cut the lead to three, 10-7, on a free position shot from freshman Emily Braun (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic Central).

With just under nine minutes left in the game, and the Wolverines trailing 12-8, freshman Sophie duPhily (Chadds Ford, Pa./Kennett) recovered a ground ball in front of the net and got off a quick shot to put the score at 12-9.

Trailing by four, 13-9, with just under five minutes left in the game, Angerman dished it to Oberlander off of a free position attempt to cut the lead back to three for the third time.

The Wolverines continued to put on the pressure until the final seconds of the game, resulting in two goals in the last three minutes of play. Freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) passed it to Angerman flying in from the right side, where she buried the shot near post with 2:37 left to play. The final goal came with 1:46 to go from Schueler, who single-handedly drove left and shot high. U-M ran out of time, as it was unable to produce any scores in the final 1:46 of the game, coming up short, 14-12.

Quickly following Winthrop's opening goal of the game, Schueler drove the ball right up the middle of the crease and put it in the top right of the net, tying the game at one after just 2:11 of play.

Then, after a 2-0 Eagle run, freshman Kim Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) fed Oberlander at the top of the crease, leading to Michigan's second goal on the night, bringing the Wolverines within one, 3-2, with 22:32 left in the opening half.

Breitfeller provided U-M with their third and final goal of the half on an assist from Braun. Breitfeller ripped the shot from the top of crease and put the ball in the lower left corner of the net to make it 7-3, with 4:17 remaining in the first half.

Next up, the Wolverines will travel to State College, Pa., to go head-to-head against their fourth straight ranked conference opponent, No. 10 Penn State (5-3, 1-0 ALC), on Sunday (March 23) at 1 p.m.


Jess Angerman and Lauran Oberlander each tallied their second career hat tricks tonight, with their first each came against Marquette.

• With three goals tonight, marking her first career hat trick, Anna Schueler now has four multi-goal games this season.

• For the second straight game, Anna Schueler had a game-high six draw controls and continues to lead U-M in that category with 22 this season.

• Michigan held the advantage in several stat categories, including shots (33-21), ground balls (24-20), draw controls (16-12), and turnovers (22-24).


Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On how the team changed in the second half ... "In the second half, what I was really, really proud of was that we played as a team. We've been struggling with trusting one another and team chemistry and that all just stems from being scared and nervous individually, which is the way we played in the first half. Second half, I said I was going to make some major adjustments and to believe in what I'm doing, and to just follow my lead. They did and somehow that really helped them to play together as a team. That was huge for us, huge for the program."

On playing more aggressively ... "We are fighters. We are still learning how to take care of the ball and knowing when to push it and when to be a little more composed, but they took great chances on defense. From an offensive standpoint, when we started moving the ball and really attacking, which is what I was attempting to do from the beginning, we were able to score more and get back into the game. Bottom line though, the heart and the passion, in those last 30 minutes was what I was incredibly proud of. I think they felt it and they are going to remember that, and hopefully we are going to continue to learn from that."

On team leadership ... "Two individuals really helped this team in the long run. Anna Schueler looked right at me and said 'Coach, I want to take the draw,' and when you have a player that does that, that's special. Not only did she take it, she won it 80 or 90 percent of the time at the end. Then Jess Angerman on the offense -- she had that gut instinct, that 'Give me the ball' mentality and said 'Give me the ball, I'm going to score'. We've been so passive, so to have a few individuals step up with that mentality, then it catches and the whole team starts believing. That was something they were able to experience together as a team, and we needed that. We'll take that and we'll go into practice tomorrow and we'll go back to the drawing board against Penn State, but that's going to take us a long way."

U-M Freshman Jess Angerman
On the emotion going into the game ... "I think everyone was really pumped up going into this game, being that we were in the Big House and the first ever women's lacrosse team to play in the Big House, and especially that we were under the lights. We knew this was a team we could compete with, so we wanted to come out as strong as possible. I think we got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but definitely in the second half, we kept our composure and picked it up."

On improving in the second half ... "We really started to take the critiques that coach (Ulehla) gave us to heart and executed them on the field. Every piece of information she gave us, we knew we had to take. Every possession counted and we had to start coming up with ground balls and draw controls, and get possession of the ball and put it in the back of the net."

On what this game means moving forward ... "Even though we didn't come out with the win, everyone is coming out of the game with a lot of confidence and the sense that, even if we do get ourselves in those ruts, we can come out. We do have the ability to come together and dominate the field."

On struggling in the first half ... "We definitely need to start realizing that every possession counts and we can't let ourselves get in holes and have to dig ourselves out, because that's something we've had trouble with the past few games. It's really something difficult to deal with. We need to start taking every piece of information that coach (Ulehla) gives us to heart and doing our best to focus on it on the field, because she does give us a lot information. We do a lot with the scouting report and everything, so it is really helpful when everyone starts to come together, and works together to beat the weaknesses of the other team."