March 10, 2014
Tuesday, March 11 -- vs. No. 8 Northwestern (Oosterbaan Field House), 5 p.m.
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Saturday, March 16 -- at No. 14 Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.), Noon
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Sunday's (March 16) game at Johns Hopkins, which was scheduled for a 1 p.m. start will now begin at noon.
The start time for Tuesday's (March 11) game against Northwestern has been moved up two hours to 5 p.m. due to the winter storm forecast. The game will be played indoors at Oosterbaan Field House.
TEAM ONE : GAME FIVE AND SIX
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (0-4, 0-1 ALC) will continue American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) play this week, facing two ranked opponents in a span of six days. The Wolverines will host their first ALC contest against No. 8 Northwestern (3-2, 0-1 ALC) on Tuesday (March 11) at 5 p.m. inside Oosterbaan Field House, and then the Maize and Blue will hit the road again to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins (7-0, 0-0 ALC) on Sunday (March 16) at noon at historic Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.
Tuesday's game against Northwestern was schedule to be played at Michigan Stadium but was moved indoors due to weather and field conditions. [ Full Details ]
Tuesday's game against Northwestern is a Maize Out and all Wolverine fans are encouraged to wear Maize colored clothing. The first 250 fans to arrive at Oosterbaan Field House will receive a free Maize Team One t-shirt.
Conference Play is Underway
Michigan played its first American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) game in program history on Saturday (March 8) at No. 5 Florida, falling 20-4. Lauren Oberlander, Tess Korten, Anna Schueler and Kim Coughlan each scored for the Maize and Blue, marking the first career goal for Coughlan.
Ulehla-Amonte Hiller Connection
Michigan head coach Jennifer Ulehla (1990-91) and Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (1993-96) were both standout players at the University of Maryland, but just missed being teammates. Ulehla was a two-time All-American with the Terrapins (1990-91) and was named to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Final Four in 1990, while Amonte earned back-to-back National Player of the Year awards (1995-96). Ulehla and Amonte also went on to play for the U.S. National Team but never played together.
First Time for Everything
Ten different Wolverines have scored at least one goal in the first four games of the season, marking the first of their careers at Michigan, and of those 10, six have also assisted on at least one goal. Jess Angerman leads the way with 11 points on six goals and five assists, including four goals and two assists against Marquette, marking her first career hat trick. Tess Korten has recorded five goals and two assists, including the first goal in program history, and is the only Wolverine to score at least one goal in all four games. Lauren Oberlander has tallied four goals and an assist, with her first career hat trick coming against Marquette, while Anna Schueler has netted five goals. Kim Coughlan was the most-recent Wolverine to notch her first career goal in the second half at Florida.
Locking Down on Defense
Michigan showed significant improvement on the defensive end in its 15-7 setback at Jacksonville last Wednesday (March 8). Freshman goalie Allison Silber came up with a season-best 13 saves, while freshman defender Sara Beach held JU's second-leading scorer, Taylor McCord, scoreless. Silber is currently tied for fifth in the nation in ground balls, averaging 3.75 per outing.
Scouting the Opponent: No. 8 Northwestern
Northwestern owns a 3-2 record, including a 0-1 mark in ALC play. Four of NU's first five games, which featured matchups with three top-15 teams, have been decided by one goal. Northwestern is 2-2 in games decided by one goal and 2-1 against ranked opponents. The Wildcats have lost each of their last two games by one goal, falling to No. 13 Notre Dame, 9-8, on March 5 and at Ohio State, 11-10 in overtime, in their ALC opener on March 9. Northwestern opened the season with wins over two top-10 opponents, including No. 8 Virginia (13-12) and No. 5 Duke (12-11).
Led by 12th-year head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, Northwestern is the defending ALC tournament and regular-season champion and has won seven of the last nine national championships.
Eighteen different Northwestern players have scored goals so far this season, with six Wildcats tallying five or more goals. Redshirt junior attacker Kara Mupo leads the Wildcats with 11 point on seven goals and four assists, while senior attacker Alyssa Leonard has a team-best 10 goals and is third in the nation with 44 draw controls. Junior goalie Bridget Bianco, who has played all but 15 minutes in cage for the Wildcats this season, has made 37 total saves and is allowing just 9.35 goals per game.
Scouting the Opponent: No. 14 Johns Hopkins
Directed by 21st-year head coach Janine Tucker, Johns Hopkins is currently 7-0 and will host Boston University on Wednesday (March 12), before the Wolverines come to town on Sunday (March 16) for JHU's first ALC matchup of the year. The Blue Jays are beating their opponents by an average of 10.29 goals this season and lead the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 4.57 goals per outing. Their closest games came against No. 5 Loyola (6-5) and No. 11 Towson (12-8).
Hopkins has six players with double-digit points this season, led by senior attacker Taylor D'Amore with 39 points on 23 goals and 16 assists. D'Amore also leads the Blue Jays in draw controls (19) and caused turnovers (8). Sophomore midfielder Dene' DiMartino is second on the team with 20 goals. Senior midfielder Sammy Cermack, who was named ALC Defensive Player of the Week on March 4, has 13 goals and nine assists this season, and also leads JHU in ground balls with 21. Junior goalkeeper KC Emerson has seen the majority of minutes in net for JHU, making 34 total saves and allowing just 5.04 goals per game, which leads the nation.
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. Florida, Northwestern, Penn State, Johns Hopkins and Ohio State 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.
Team One Makes History
The U-M women's lacrosse team hosted Marquette in its inaugural home opener on 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 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.
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.
Thursday, March 20 -- vs. Winthrop (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 23 -- at Penn State (Penn State Lacrosse Field), 1 p.m.