Feb. 25, 2014
TEAM ONE : GAME TWO
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (0-1) will host second-year program Marquette (0-2) in its home opener on Friday (Feb. 28) at 5 p.m. inside Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.
Fans with tickets to the Feb. 28 Michigan ice hockey game vs. Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. are encouraged to arrive early and attend the start of the women's lacrosse home opener. Admission is free for fans that present their hockey ticket at the door, and the first 100 hockey fans to arrive at Oosterbaan will receive a discounted concessions voucher redeemable at Yost Ice Arena.
All members of Team One will be signing autographs on the field following the conclusion of the game.
Team One Makes History
The U-M women's lacrosse team made history on Saturday, Feb. 22, when it played the first official game as a varsity program at Villanova, coming up short, 20-7. Freshman Tess Korten wasted no time etching her name into the record book, as she scored the first goal in program history just 32 seconds into the game on an assist from freshman Jess Angerman to give U-M an early 1-0 lead. Korten finished with a team-high two goals and one assist. Anna Schueler also added two goals, while Allie Breitfeller, Sophie duPhily and Regan Anderson also scored their first career goals. Seventeen players saw action in game one, including 12 Wolverines who earned their first career start.
Scouting the Opponent: Marquette
Marquette, which was picked to finish eighth in the Big East Conference, enters Friday's contest with a 0-2 record, including road losses to ALC opponents Johns Hopkins (16-2, Feb. 15) and Northwestern (20-5, Feb. 25). The Wolverines and Golden Eagles faced off in a scrimmage during the fall season at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse but will meet for the first time as varsity programs.
Freshmen Amanda Bochniak and Julianna Shearer have scored a goal in each of MU's first two outings, while sophomore Hayley Baas recorded her fourth career hat trick in the loss against Northwestern.
Led by second-year head coach Meredith Black, Marquette returned every starter from its 2013 squad that went 2-15 in its inaugural season as a NCAA Division I program. Similar to U-M, the Golden Eagles have a young 41-woman squad, including 12 freshmen and just four upperclassmen.
Sophomore attacker Claire Costanza led MU in points a year ago with 18 goals and 22 assists, while sophomore Kenzie Brown scored a team-high 24 goals in the program's first season. Sophomore Hayley Bass (21 goals) and junior Nicole Gleason (18 goals) rounded out Marquette's double-digit goal scorers from 2013.
Women's Lax 101
There are currently 103 NCAA Division I women's lacrosse programs across the country that compete in 13 different conferences. Michigan is a member of the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC), along with Northwestern, Florida, Penn State, Ohio State, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt. Northwestern, Florida and Penn State are each currently ranked in the top 10 nationally. Starting in the 2015 season, Michigan will compete in the newly formed Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Conference (Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland). [ IWLCA Division I Poll ]
Leaders of the Pack
The team and coaches voted on a five-person Leadership Council in the fall that will take the place of team captains for the young first-year squad. Jess Angerman, Emily Braun, Tess Korten, Kelly Kubach and Anna Schueler were elected to help lead Team One day-to-day, while individual game captains will be selected on a game-by-game basis.
Meet the Coaching Staff
Jennifer Ulehla was announced as Michigan's first head coach in program history on Sept. 8, 2011. She signed the program's first recruiting class -- U-M's current team -- on Nov. 21, 2012, and has been working to build a championship culture within her program from day one.
Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Ulehla gained experience in the development of a new program as an assistant coach at Florida from January 2008-June 2010. Taking a hiatus from collegiate lacrosse, Ulehla worked as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Elite Team from 2006-2009. Previous collegiate head coaching stops for Ulehla also include Temple (2004-06) and James Madison (1994-2002). She was inducted into the James Madison University Athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 15, 2013, for her contributions to the program.
As a player, Ulehla was a two-time All-American at Maryland (1990-91) and also competed on the U.S. National Lacrosse team from 1990-95.
Assistant coach Jen Valore joined Ulehla's staff on Dec. 23, 2012, and is working primarily with the Wolverine defense. Valore was a four-year starter on defense for Ulehla at James Madison from 1997-2000. She captained the Dukes squad that reached the Final Four and was named South Jersey Collegiate Defender of the Year in 2000. Valore was also an assistant under Ulehla at Temple from 2004-06.
Assistant coach Casey Ancarrow was the latest addition to U-M's staff (July 1, 2013) and is the Wolverines' offensive specialist. She recently completed a standout career at James Madison, where she was a three-time IWLCA All-America third team selection and two-time Tewaaraton Award nominee. In addition to her career at JMU, Ancarrow was also a member of the U.S. Women's National Team from 2010-12.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tess Korten will look to use her speed and good field vision to find multiple ways to score for the Wolverines. She led U-M in its season opener with two goals and one assists, including the program's first goal just 32 seconds into the game.
In high school, Korten led North Shore (Glen Head, N.Y.) to back-to-back Nassau County titles (2011-12), combining for 92 goals and 49 assists during those two seasons.
Coach Ancarrow on Tess Korten ... "Tess has the stick skills of an upperclassmen. She reads the defense extremely well and has a good field sense, which helps her avoid or break double teams. She has also worked really hard to find her most successful points of attack. We'll look for her to create scoring opportunities for us this season, by both scoring and assisting."
Lauran Oberlander will look to use her speed to create her own shot and, as well as off the ball to get open in the eight meter. Oberlander tallied her first career assist on Allie Breitfeller's second-half goal against Villanova.
In high school, Oberlander was a two-time U.S. Lacrosse Academic All-American at Kent Place School (Westfield, N.J.), where she recorded 151 goals and 51 assists over four seasons on varsity.
Coach Ancarrow on Lauren Oberlander ... "Lauren's stick stills and ability to dodge defenders have improved a lot since the fall. She's very quick and is great at beating double teams and getting through two defenders sliding to her. Her ability to finish around the cage has also improved so we'll look for her contribute right away on the offensive end."
Anna Schueler is expected to control the midfield and contribute right away on both ends of the field for the Wolverines. She will be one of U-M's primary players taking the draw. Against Villanova, she recorded a pair of goals and four draw controls.
In high school, Schueler led Loyola Academy (Chicago, Ill.) to three straight Illinois state titles (2011-13), tallying a combined 112 goals in those three seasons. As a junior in 2012, she was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-America honorable mention selection.
Coach Ulehla on Anna Schueler ... "Anna is a difference maker. She's young and has a long way to go, but she is powerful, explosive, has a huge presence, and is going to continue to get better and better every day. She is a very special athlete."
Kim Coughlan missed U-M's first game due to a foot injury, but at 5-9, will be a force in the midfield upon her return. She is a high-energy competitor that will look to contribute on both ends of the field and will be key in U-M's midfield transition.
In high school, the All-Long Island selection helped Saint Anthony's (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) win three straight league titles and achieve a No. 3 national ranking by Lax Power in 2011 and 2012, and No. 4 ranking in 2013.
Coach Ulehla on Kim Coughlan ... "Kim is injured at the moment, but is someone who we expect to be very involved in our midfield. We'll continue to work with her on being a true middy -- understanding the defensive side of the game, as well as the offensive side of it. She has a big presence and can be very effective for us in the midfield transition, and on both ends of the field."
Madeline Dion is one of Michigan's most athletic and fit players. Her speed will allow her to create offensive opportunities for the Wolverines and conversely help mark some of the opponent's top attackers on the defensive end.
While in high school at Annapolis (Annapolis, Md.), Dion was named to the Washington Post's Top 15 Players to Watch List and was also ranked second in the county in points (72) as a junior.
Coach Ulehla on Madeline Dion ... "Madeline is a player who has a tremendous amount of speed and athleticism. She's really coming around and is someone who we expect to be producing for us right away."
Kelly Kubach will look to use her ability as an on-ball defender and vocal leadership to anchor the Wolverine defense. She is an extremely smart player that will help the defense communicate and work as a unit. She tallied one caused turnover and one ground ball against Villanova in the season opener.
In high school, Kubach was a four-year letterwinner at William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia, Pa.), where she was an All-Inter-Ac and Philly Lacrosse Showcase Fab Forty All-Star selection.
Coach Valore on Kelly Kubach ... "Kubach brings a lot of energy to the defense. She is a vocal leader and we're continuing to work with her on taking command of the defense and being that player that communicates with the rest of the defensive unit. She's a smart player and sees the field very well. She is also quick on the ball and quick out of the back with the ball."
Brooke Pancoast is one of the Wolverines strongest and tallest defenders with the ability to get in passing lanes and cause turnovers. She will look to be a solid mark-up defender, and use her strong field vision to direct Michigan's defensive unit. Against Villanova, she came away with two draw controls.
Throughout her high school career at Radnor (Villanova, Pa.), Pancoast recorded 81 caused turnovers and 103 draw controls, while leading her team to the 2012 Central League title.
Coach Valore on Brooke Pancoast ... "Brooke is a really strong defender with good size, which gives her the ability to be a good mark-up defender. She has really developed since the fall and become a leader on defense, vocally and in her ability to understand how the defensive unit should work together. She has really been working on helping our other defenders see the vision that she has."
Allison Silber earned the start in cage for the Wolverines against Villanova and will be U-M's primary goalie this season. She made eight saves and added five ground balls and three caused turnovers in the season opener at Villanova. Her strong presence in the crease will be an asset to U-M's young defense, while her ability to clear the ball will be an important catalyst in Michigan's midfield transition.
Silber was a four-time national and state champion at McDonogh High School (Phoenix, Md.), going a combined 78-0 over her four-year career.
Coach Ulehla on Allison Silber ... "Allison has a great presence in the cage. We continue to work with her on adjusting to the collegiate game, but she's technically sound -- from her stick work to her ability to clear. We're working on her staying confident and poised, but she has the overall presence that we need in the cage. We know that she's going to grow a tremendous amount this year as we continue to work on her overall game."
A Look Ahead
Following the Marquette tilt, Michigan will head south during spring break (March 3-9) for a non-conference matchup with Jacksonville (March 5, 7 p.m.) before opening ALC play at Florida (March 8, 1 p.m.). U-M's first game at Michigan Stadium will feature an ALC matchup with Northwestern on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
In addition to going head to head with three ranked conference opponents -- No. 4 Northwestern (March 11), at No. 7 Florida (March 8) and at No. 8 Penn State (March 23), U-M will also play at No. 20 Navy on April 5.
The Wolverines will host their first-ever Pink Game to support the American Cancer Society on Saturday, April 12, when they welcome Cal to the Big House for a 1 p.m. matchup.
Tickets for the 2014 season are available at the U-M ticket office or online at MGoBlue.com/tickets. For more information on Michigan women's lacrosse single-game tickets or season ticket packages, call the U-M Athletic Ticket Office at (734) 764-0247 or (866) 296-MTIX.
Wednesday, March 5 -- at Jacksonville (Southern Oak Stadium), 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 -- at Florida (Donald R. Dizney Stadium), 1 p.m.