April 2, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: #17 Ohio State 18, Michigan 3
Records: U-M (1-9, 0-5 ALC), Ohio State (9-4, 2-1 ALC)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 5 -- at Navy (Annapolis, Md.), 3 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In its fifth game against a ranked opponent this season, the University of Michigan women's lacrosse team was outmatched by No. 17 Ohio State, falling, 18-3, on Wednesday evening (April 2) inside Michigan Stadium.
Ohio State started off the game with a quick score at 28:40, and Michigan responded with a goal of its own minutes later. The Wolverines forced a turnover, then freshman Kim Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) scooped up the ground ball and passed to freshman Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River), who scored at 22:38 to tie the game, 1-1.
The Buckeyes then scored 11 unanswered goals to close out the period, with the last coming with 1:12 left before the halftime horn, giving them a 12-1 lead going into the break. OSU outshot Michigan 18-10 in the first half, and picked up 13 ground balls to the Wolverines' nine.
Ohio State opened second half with six straight goals, producing an 18-1 advantage, until freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) scored an unassisted goal with 7:58 remaining in the game. She dodged from the left wing and shot past the goalie, ending Michigan's 44-minute scoring drought.
The Wolverines scored again less than three minutes later, when freshman Madeline Dion (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) face dodged from the left side and scored in the bottom right of the goal, bringing the score to 18-3 with 5:06 left. Michigan did not allow any more goals for the remainder of the contest, and the Buckeyes ended the game with a 15-goal lead.
Freshman goalie Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) finished with four saves, all of which came in the second half.
Michigan will play its next two games on the road, starting on Saturday, April 5, when it takes on Navy at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at 3 p.m.
N O T E S
Ohio State held a 10-4 advantage in draw controls in the second half, but Michigan owned the category in the second half, 6-3.
Tess Korten has scored at least one goal in each of the last three games, compiling a total of seven goals over that stretch.
In addition to her goal, Madeline Dion had a career-high two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Sara Beach also had a career-high two caused turnovers. Michigan caused nine of Ohio State 20 turnovers.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On the disappointing performance following the first win in program history ... "I really need to take a good look at the game, because the team doesn't even understand what that performance was all about. We've taken so many strides forward, and tonight seemed like the first practice we had together. And that was Ohio State and their first opportunity to play them in the Big House. They way they came out flat and played like individuals, they were almost setting themselves up for failure, and that is something that young people go through. We'll regroup tomorrow, and I'll get them going in the right direction."
On whether any team members showed leadership today ... "Jess Angerman tried to get the offense together, and Anna Schueler tried even from the draw, but she wasn't on her game. Defensively, we just really looked like deer and headlights. We've got some great leadership back there, and today I saw a little bit, but I really feel like it's the same leaders that try to reach out. And in the state of mind we were in today, they got very little feedback and very little response, and as a coach when I call a timeout and I'm telling them what just happened and what they should do, I'm getting no response. Everybody feels scared and goes into their own internal worlds and doesn't play as a unit, and when that happens we're in real trouble."
On using last week's victory to help refocus the team moving forward against Navy ... "That will be what we focus on tomorrow. We're going to use this game, we're going to watch some film and make sure they recognize what it is that we didn't do, because we certainly didn't execute the game plan. But we'll also go back to our first win. We'll show them a little bit of both games and say 'this is what we looked like in our win, and this is what we looked like yesterday,' so that they recognize what they are able to do and what they are capable of doing, because there is a lot of talent here and we just did not come out and compete today. So we'll get them back on track tomorrow and get them ready to compete against Navy on Saturday."