March 4, 2014
Wolverine Spotlight: Lauren Oberlander
Wednesday, March 5 -- at Jacksonville (Southern Oak Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Saturday, March 8 -- at No. 5 Florida (Donald R. Dizney Stadium), 1 p.m.
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TEAM ONE : GAME THREE AND FOUR
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (0-2) will travel to Florida during spring break for a pair of games, beginning with a matchup at Jacksonville (2-3) on Wednesday (March 5) at 7 p.m. at Southern Oak Stadium, before starting American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) play on Saturday (March 8) at No. 5 Florida (5-1) at 1 p.m. inside Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
Michigan head coach Jennifer Ulehla was an assistant coach at Florida under current UF head coach Amanda O'Leary from January 2008-June 2010, prior to taking over the new program in Ann Arbor. She was heavily involved in the recruitment of the Gator's first three recruiting classes and helped guide the young team to an impressive 10-8 record in its first varsity season.
Team One Makes History
The U-M women's lacrosse team hosted Marquette in its inaugural home opener on Friday, Feb. 28. The Maize and Blue took an early 5-0 lead in the first 5:25 of play but could not hold off MU's counterattack, eventually falling, 12-10. Jess Angerman had a game-high four goals and two assists, including the first two scores of the game, and Lauren Oberlander also recorded her first career hat trick.
The Wolverines played the first game in program history on Saturday, Feb. 22, 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.
First Time for Everything
Nine different Wolverines have scored at least one goal in first two games of the season, marking the first of their careers at Michigan, and of those nine, five have also assisted on at least one goal. Jess Angerman leads the way with seven points on four goals and three assists, including four goals and two assists from the Marquette game. Tess Korten has recorded three goals and two assists, including the program's first goal in program history, while Lauren Oberlander has tallied three goals and an assist, with a hat trick coming against Marquette.
Scouting the Opponent: Jacksonville
Jacksonville is led by head coach Mindy McCord, who is in her fifth year as the program's first head coach. She has guided the Dolphins to three straight conference championships in the Atlantic Sun and National Lacrosse Conferences, as well as an NCAA tournament appearance last season.
Jacksonville will enter Wednesday's contest with a 2-3 record, including losses against then-No.2 Syracuse (21-7) and then-No. 4 Florida (21-5), and a double-overtime loss against James Madison (16-15).
Senior attacker Morgan Derner is leading the way for JU through five games with 15 goals and five assists, while junior attacker Taylor McCord is right behind her with 10 goals and eight assists. Senior attacker Brittney Orashen has a team-best 11 caused turnovers as well as 10 draw controls and 11 groundballs, to go along with three goals this season. Junior goalie Asia Moore has seen the majority of time in cage for the Dolphins and owns a 16.68 goals-against-average.
Scouting the Opponent: No. 5 Florida
UF head coach Amanda O'Leary is in her fifth season with the Gators and has led them to a NCAA Final Four, three NCAA quarterfinal appearances, three ALC regular-season titles and one ALC tournament championship.
The Gators currently own a 5-1 record with its only loss coming at No. 1 seeded and defending national champion North Carolina (20-8). Florida is defeating its opponents by an average of 12.8 goals, with its largest margin of victory coming against Jacksonville, 21-5. The Gators will face No. 12 Loyola on that road on Tuesday (March 4) prior to hosting the Wolverines on Saturday (March 8).
Florida has six players with double-digit points, including junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy, who has a team-best 37 points, which rank third in the nation, including an NCAA-leading 27 goals and 10 assists. She also has a team-best 33 draw controls. Freshman attacker Sammi Burgess has contributed early for Florida with 13 goals and eight assists. Two goalies, redshirt senior Cara Canington and sophomore Mary-Sean Wilcox, have split time in net for the Gators, with Carnington playing all 60 minutes in their most-recent matchup with No. 15 Stony Brook.
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, Penn State and Johns Hopkins are each currently ranked in the top 20 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. Against Marquette, she added a goal and as assist.
Lauren 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 at Villanova before recording her first career hat trick against Marquette.
Jess Angerman possesses the ability to score in many ways for the Wolverines. After dishing out one assist on the program's first goal at Villanova, she exploded with a four goal-two assist performance against Marquette.
Anna Schueler is one of U-M's primary players taking the draw and has a strong presence on both ends of the field. She recorded a pair of goals and four draw controls at Villanova and added a pair of draw controls against Marquette.
Kim Coughlan missed U-M's first game due to a foot injury, but returned against Marquette, coming off the bench. 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.
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. She tallied a goal and an assist against Marquette, marking her first points in a Maize and Blue uniform.
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.
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.
Allison Silber has earned the start in cage for the Wolverines in each of the first two games, making 18 total saves, and will be U-M's primary goalie this season. 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.
A Look Ahead
When the Wolverines return to Ann Arbor, they will host their first-ever game at Michigan Stadium on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. against 2013 ALC champion and No. 4-ranked Northwestern.
In addition to going head to head with four ranked conference opponents -- No. 4 Northwestern (March 11), at No. 5 Florida (March 8), at No. 9 Penn State (March 23) and at No. 17 Johns Hopkins (March 16), 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.
Tuesday March 11 -- vs. Northwestern (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m. [ Tickets ]
Saturday, March 16 -- at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.), 1 p.m.