April 16, 2014
Site: Detroit, Mich. (Titan Field)
Score: Michigan 16, Detroit 6
Records: U-M (3-11), Detroit (2-12)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 19 -- vs. Vanderbilt (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.
DETROIT, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team notched its second straight win, 16-6, at Detroit, as eight different players scored en route to a season high in goals from the Wolverines on Wednesday (April 16) at Titan Field.
Freshman Kim Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) paced Michigan with a career-best and game-high four goals, while freshman Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) scored her third straight hat trick.
Detroit jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes of play, before a free position goal from the top left hash by freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy). Freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) quickly added Michigan's second free position goal of the afternoon 51 seconds later to tie the game at two. Coughlan capped a 3-0 Wolverine run that took place over a span of just 1:04 and gave U-M its first lead of the day, as she won the draw close to the near sideline and took the ball straight to goal.
The two teams traded goals over the next 12 minutes, and the Titans regained the lead, 5-4, with 7:13 to play in the first half. Michigan responded with five unanswered goals before the halftime buzzer. Korten and Coughlan each netted a pair of goals during that stretch, while freshman Kelly Schlansker (Glenville, N.Y./Niskayuna) tallied her second career goal. Coughlan's second and third goals of the day came in the final 47 seconds of the half, including one just before time expired. A Detroit foul gave Angerman possession of the ball on the right wing with three seconds left, and she fed Coughlan, who dodged underneath a Titan defender and snuck in Michigan's ninth goal of the half.
Out of the break, freshman Madeline Dion (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) scored at 27:01, as she drove left to right and fired a hard bounce shot, continuing Michigan's run that started at 6:32 of the first half. The Wolverines added five more consecutive goals throughout the next 11:24, including the first career goal from freshman Natalie Carti (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) at the 2:04 mark. Freshman Allie Breitfeller (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) added a goal and as assist in the last two minutes of the game, including a score with 2.8 ticks remaining on the clock to give U-M the 16-6 victory.
Freshman Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) made eight saves in her third career win in goal for Michigan. Freshman Sara Beach (Towson, Md./Towson) led the Wolverine defense with a career-high five ground balls and three caused turnovers as well as one draw control.
The Maize and Blue will now return to Ann Arbor for its final two games of the regular season, starting by hosting Vanderbilt in its final ALC matchup of 2014 on Saturday (April 19) at 1 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium. [ Tickets ]
N O T E S
• Michigan scored a season-high 16 goals and allowed a season-low six from Detroit.
• Michigan outshot Detroit, 33-15, and won the battles in ground balls (23-22) and draw controls (15-7).
• Kim Coughlan recorded her first career hat trick with four goals today.
• With three goals today, Jess Angerman now has five career hat tricks, including each of the last three games. She extended her goal-scoring streak to five consecutive games.
• Tess Korten extended her goal-scoring streak to seven games with her two goals today.
• With her two second-half goals today, Madeline Dion has now scored in each of the last five games. This marks her second multi-goal game of the season.
• In the second half, Natalie Carti scored her first career goal.
• Sara Beach had career highs in ground balls with five and caused turnovers with three.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On the team learning to keep their composure and maintain a lead ... "This was our first experience with having a large lead so it's something that we're unfamiliar with, but a situation we obviously like to be in. I think initially it took us a little bit to get a feel for the game and to realize that we could actually take control of it. From the start of the game, we were kind of going goal-for-goal, but then finally they realized that we could go a little harder and make a difference and go up in this game. That's something that we haven't experienced with all the nationally ranked teams that we've played. It was very nice to see us have that light bulb go on during the game, and for us to continue to execute the game plan and come out with a nice win."
On being able to work on new things in the second half ... "At halftime, from a defensive standpoint, I asked them to take a few more risks, put some more pressure on them and come up with some caused turnovers, and I believe we were able to at least double that stat in the second half. From an offensive standpoint, they're starting to get in the grove and understand each other and what they're looking for. We were able to work our fast break, but then afterwards we were able to pull it out and start to really work different areas -- at the crease or up top. We were able to get individuals in certain situations and work on our movement and attack from different areas with more individuals attacking, which was nice to see."
On the defense and Allison Silber not seeing as much action ... "As a whole, our defense didn't see as much action as usual, but they were able to come up with caused turnovers and Allison Silber had some nice saves. I think that shows a lot when it comes to Silber's concentration, with her being able to stay focused when you're not seeing as many shots. I'm really happy to see that in her -- she's really maturing. And I think our defense is really starting to come together and recognize that as a unit they can really make a difference."
On preparing to play Vanderbilt in the ALC finale on Saturday ... "Vanderbilt is a fantastic team. We're really going to have to bring our 'A' game on defense. They like to possess the ball, they work it, they work a lot of feeding inside. We're going to need to bring a great defensive game from the beginning. I'd like to see us continue to get better in that area. And then obviously the draw is going to be key. It's something that we did well today and I want to see us carry that over. Winning that statistics is very critical. On the offensive end, I want to see us start to us gel a little more and move the ball and find the openings. They're starting to see that and learn what it takes to get quality shots off. We're going to need to execute in all those areas, as well as play really hard for 60 minutes against Vanderbilt on Saturday."
U-M Freshman Kim Coughlan
On what the team learned about maintain a lead and finishing a game strong ... "We were really pumped for this game and we knew that we wanted to come out strong and win. During the game we kept telling ourselves how bad we wanted to win, and win it in regulation and not double overtime, and that kept us going. Throughout the game, after each goal, we kept pumping each other up, and if we got scored on we kept pushing each other and learning from our mistakes -- we didn't get upset and just kept our intensity up."
On being able to work on new things in the second half ... "We were able to try out new positions and get the ball to different people to see how they work with it. We got to try new plays that we haven't gotten to use in a game. We took more risks and it worked -- we were able to come up with some turnovers so we were happy."
On carrying a two-game winning streak into the Vanderbilt game ... "Last game definitely pumped us up for this game and I feel like the two straight wins will pump us up for our next game against Vanderbilt. We're ready to go -- we've been attacking our practices with excitement and going through them hard. Against Vanderbilt we're going to need to push it to another level and come out hard from the beginning like we did today."