April 5, 2014
Site: Annapolis, Md. (Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium)
Score: Navy 12, Michigan 9
Records: U-M (1-10), Navy (12-1)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, April 9 -- at Brown (Providence, R.I.), 4 p.m.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team pulled within one goal on two occasions in the second half but fell short of the comeback, dropping a 12-9 decision at Navy on Saturday (April 5) at Navy-Marine Memorial Stadium. Freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) registered her second career hat trick with three goals, while fellow freshmen Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and Kim Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) each added two goals apiece.
Freshman goalie Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) came up with 12 saves and also added two ground balls in one of her best performances in a Maize and Blue uniform.
With Navy leading 7-4 coming out of the halftime break, it extended its lead to four, 8-4, at the 27:51 mark. The Wolverines responded with a 3-0 run to slash Navy's lead to one, 8-7, with 19:06 remaining in the game. Korten and Angerman each tallied a goal, while freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) added a goal and an assist during that stretch. Freshman Madeline Dion (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) recorded a key caused turnover and ground ball that led to U-M's sixth goal from Korten on a free position attempt from the left hash.
Navy answered with back-to-back goals to push it leads back to three, 10-7, with 14:22 on the clock. Michigan came storming back to pull within one, 10-9, at the 11:02 mark, as Korten and Angerman each scored goals that were separated by just 28 seconds. Korten beat her defender with a dodge on the left wing and scored as she drove around the crease, while Coughlan fed Angerman on a curl cut from the left wing, but that's as close as the Wolverines would come.
Navy added two more goals before the 4:38 mark and stalled for the final three minutes of the game to secure the win.
The two teams traded goals for the first 20 minutes of the opening half and the game was tied on three occasions.
Loren Generi put Navy on the board first with her goal just 29 seconds into the game, but Coughlan's first score of the day tied the game, 1-1, at the 27:25 mark. She drove hard right and fired the ball into the lower left corner of the net.
Just 19 seconds after Navy regained a one-goal lead, Korten tied the game once again as she rolled the crease from behind the net and placed her right-handed side-arm shot around the goalie. With Navy leading 3-2, Coughlan's second goal of the afternoon knotted the game at three goals apiece with 14:46 to go in the first half. Her second goal was a spitting image of her first, as she drove right and rocketed the ball into the lower left corner.
Navy responded with three unanswered goals, including two on free position attempts, to stretch its lead to three, 6-3, by the 6:01 mark. Dion ended Navy's run with 2:26 remaining in the half as she caught Schueler's feed from the top of the 12-meter arc in mid-stride on a cut from the left wing and whipped a bounce shot between the goalie's legs.
Navy was able to regain its three-goal advantage before the break, tallying its seventh goal of the day with 14.6 ticks on the clock, to take a 7-4 lead into the locker room.
The Wolverines will remain on the road for its next contest, as they travel to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown on Wednesday (April 9) at 4 p.m.
N O T E S
With two goals and one assist, Kim Coughlan recorded a career-high three points.
Tess Korten had her second career hat trick with three goals.
Anna Schueler finished with three points, including a career-high two assists.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On taking the Ohio State game to heart and playing well today ... "I think that they were really taken back by how poorly they played. They're starting to recognize, when you lose to Ohio State, how bad that hurts. That was something they really needed to be taught as they're learning about the rivalry. I was happy to see how difficult they took the loss. We were all pretty upset about it, but the next day was a new day I told them 'let's learn from it and move forward because we have a big game against Navy coming up and we need to prepare' -- and that became our focus."
On where this ranks in terms of playing a complete game ... "If it's not the best, it's up there with the UC Davis game. Obviously Navy is a nationally ranked opponent. Coming off of Ohio State, we had to rebuild our confidence. I was incredibly happy to see their composure today. We went down a few times in this game and they really dug deep and fought back and that shows a lot of heart and passion when you're talking about 27 freshmen."
On how the team executed today's game plan ... "The individual that takes their draw is incredibly good at it. Although they won in the category, I thought we were really able to fight hard in the 50/50 battle. We tried to come up with as many as we could, and then the ones that we didn't, we wanted to take away the possession Navy had after getting the draw. Their number one attacker was number 15 -- we focused on her in practice. She had two goals early on, but Sarah Beach was on her and after she learned how she played, she was able to contain her for the rest of the game and I thought that was really important for us to stay in the game. Brooke Pancoast was on number 23 and although she was able to get five shots off, Brooke was obviously doing a good job of making her presence known so that the shots weren't great shots and she was unable to score. They had some other individuals that stepped in and put the ball in the net for them, but when it came to us preparing, 15 and 23 were two individuals that we were keying on so I was happy to see that we were able to contain them."
On what things she'd like to see carry over from today's game ... "This is definitely the highest ranked opponent that we've played that we have competed against, and competed against for 60 minutes. That builds a tremendous amount of confidence, but obviously we didn't win. These individuals are learning to play together as a unit and they're learning to compete for 60 minutes against great teams. That was a well-coached team. They know how to execute and they're poised, but we did exactly the same thing. What we learned from today is that we can compete against some of the best athletes in the country. What we need to continue to do is battle at it every day in practice and keep getting better so that when we're back in this position again we end up on top."
On the defense playing with composure ... "We really worked on playing as a unit and getting back into playing as a strong team coming off Ohio State, and part of that starts with your goalkeeper and Allison Silber had a fantastic game. She's getting better and better in the cage and getting stronger mentally. When you start with that in the cage, your defense feeds off that. Not only was she making one save, she was coming up with two or three saves in the same possession at times. That takes composure, that takes quickness, that takes the ability to react, and I think our defense really fed off that. They're really starting to play as an entire unit, including the goalie, and that was one of our focuses today."
U-M Freshman Madeline Dion
On the team refocusing after the loss to Ohio State ... "I definitely think we felt disappointed in ourselves -- that game did not represent everything we stood for and what we've been working for. We used that game to push ourselves and prove to everyone how hard we've been working. We showed that in the UC Davis game when we won. The Ohio State game was a learning experience. There's still work to do, but I think today was a good show of everything we've been working towards."
On the positives that came out of today's game ... "Coming off of the Ohio State game, we were all really fired up. One thing we were focusing on was coming out strong and playing the full 60 minutes. There was definitely a lot more communication on both ends of the field and we fed off each other's energy -- I think that's what helped us the most."
On what's allowing the team to come back from a deficit ... "We feed off each other's energy. When they get on a run, we group together and we tell each other to brush it off. We try to use every play on the field as learning experiences. Coach Ulehla focuses on that a lot -- us not getting down when they score and using it to fire us up. We just need to work hard to get the ball back on offense and score on our end."
On what's allowed her to be more productive on the offensive end ... "Coach Ulehla focuses a lot on confidence and you could tell at the beginning of the year that I wasn't as confident on the offensive side. Ever since she's been talking to me about that, I've been more involved. I've been trying to move around more and help create space for other people. Ultimately, it comes down to confidence."
On playing in her hometown in front of family and friends ... "Not many people in this area know what we're about. We have a huge fan base here because a lot of us are from the east coast so there were a lot of families here this weekend. We wanted to show everything we've worked for since not a lot of people here have seen us play. It was awesome having my family and friends here. They don't get to come to many games so they haven't seen the progress we've made. It was just like high school again, having my family here, a lot of kids from my high school and the kids that I babysit. It was good to see them in the crowd -- it kept me motivated."
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