Battle with No. 8 Fighting Irish Slated for Saturday at Big House
Alli Kothari

Feb. 14, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Michigan will welcome Notre Dame to Ann Arbor for the first time in program history on Saturday (Feb. 18).
» With her goal against James Madison, Tess Korten became the fourth Wolverine in program history to reach 100 career points, joining fellow seniors Jess Angerman, Anna Schueler and Kim Coughlan in the 100-point club.
» Saturday's game is a H.A.I.L. bonus game, where U-M students can earn bonus H.A.I.L. points by attending and checking in at this game, and fans can also receive autographs from select players after the game.
» Admission to all women's lacrosse home games is free of charge.

Saturday, Feb. 18 -- vs. No. 8 Notre Dame (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team will host No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 1 p.m. in its first game inside Michigan Stadium this season. Admission is free of charge.

• The matchup with Notre Dame is the second in a three-game homestand for the Maize and Blue. Michigan will also host San Diego State next Friday (Feb. 24) prior to heading to California for its 2017 spring trip.

• With her free-position goal in the second half against James Madison, Tess Korten became the fourth Wolverine in program history to reach 100 career points, joining fellow seniors Jess Angerman, Anna Schueler and Kim Coughlan in the 100-point club. Korten hit 100 points exactly with 81 goals and 19 assists. Schueler now has a program-leading 124 points (89G, 35A), while Angerman has 123 (84G, 39A) and Coughlan has 103 (91G, 12A).

• Through two games this season, Schueler leads U-M with three goals and four assists, while Coughlan, Korten and Lauren Oberlander have three goals apiece for the Wolverines. Schueler also has a team-best eight draw controls.

• Both Maize and Blue goalkeepers have seen action in Michigan's first two games. Against James Madison, sophomore/freshman Alli Kothari earned her first career start, making one save, while sophomore Mira Shane entered the game at the start of the second half and made five stops.

• Several Wolverines made their season debut against James Madison, including Angerman, who missed the season opener due to injury. Angerman tallied one assist vs. JMU. Junior Mae Tarr came off the bench to take several draws against James Madison, pulling down two draw controls, while sophomores Ariana Vespa and Madison Richardson as well as junior Gigi Packard also made their first appearances of the season.

• Freshman Molly Garrett is the only non-senior field player to earn the start in both games this season. Fellow freshman Chandler Kirby has also come off the bench in each of the first two games.

• The 2017 campaign will mark U-M's last season competing inside Oosterbaan Field House and Michigan Stadium. Michigan's brand new state-of-the-art facility, which will include a 2,000-seat stadium, will open in the winter of 2018, in preparation for the 2018 season. Additionally, the new Sport Performance Center, a 20,000-square-foot strength and conditioning facility, will house the team's new locker room, lounge, film room and coaches offices. [ South Competition and Performance Project ]

Scouting Notre Dame
Notre Dame currently has a 2-1 record and will host Marquette on Tuesday (Feb. 14) prior to coming to Ann Arbor. UND lost its season opener to Northwestern, 14-13, and then defeated Liberty (18-2) and Detroit (24-9). The Fighting Irish are led by sixth-year head coach Christine Halfpenny and compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished third in the ACC in 2016. Three players have eclipsed the 10-point mark through three games this season, led by returning first team All-American Cortney Fortunato's 16 goals and four assists. Fortunato is fourth in the nation in goals per game, averaging 5.33. Sophomore goalie Samantha Giacolone has played the majority of time in cage for Notre Dame, recording 25 saves and a goals-against average of 8.80.

Series vs. Notre Dame
This will mark the second all-time meeting between Michigan and Notre Dame and the first in Ann Arbor. The team's only previous meeting came in South Bend, Indiana, in 2015, when the Irish won, 21-12. Madeline Dion matched her career high with three goals in the game, while Angerman set a program record with five assists.

The 2017 Schedule
Eleven of Michigan's 17 regular-season games will be played at home in 2017. Admission to all home games is free. In addition to No. 8 Notre Dame, the Wolverines will face five other teams that are ranked in the IWLCA preseason poll this season -- at No. 2 Maryland (April 1), No. 7 Penn State (April 30), No. 9 Northwestern (March 23), at No. 12 Stanford (Feb. 28), and at No. 20 Johns Hopkins (April 8). The first regular-season poll for the 2017 season will be published on Feb. 20. [ Poll ]

Friday, Feb. 24 -- vs. San Diego State (Oosterbaan Field House), 5 p.m.

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