March 18, 2014
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Thursday, March 20 -- vs. Winthrop (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Sunday, March 23 -- at No. 10 Penn State (Penn State Lacrosse Field), 1 p.m.
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TEAM ONE : GAME SEVEN AND EIGHT
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (0-6, 0-3 ALC) will host its first-ever game in Michigan Stadium on Thursday (March 20) when it welcomes Winthrop (2-5, 0-0 Big South) for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt. Following the matchup at the Big House, the Wolverines will travel to State College, Pa., to go head to head with ALC foe Penn State (5-3, 1-0 ALC) on Sunday (March 23) at 1 p.m.
Women's Competition in Michigan Stadium
The inaugural women's lacrosse team is not the first varsity women's program to play in Michigan Stadium, as the Wolverine field hockey team played its games in the Big House from 1973-75, prior to the construction of Ocker Field.
Wolverines Against Ranked Opponents
Michigan wrapped up a three-game stretch against top-15 ALC opponents on Sunday (March 16), falling at No. 14 Johns Hopkins. The Wolverines opened ALC play on (March 8) at No. 5 Florida, dropping a 20-4 decision and hosted No. 8 Northwestern (March 11) for their first home conference tilt, losing, 20-6.
The Wolverines will play their fourth ranked conference opponent on Sunday (March 23) when they travel to No. 10 Penn State. U-M will also take on No. 20 Ohio State (April 2) and No. 19 Navy (April 5) in back-to-back games in two weeks.
Multiple Goal Outings
Seven different Michigan players have recorded multi-goal games this season, including a team-best three multi-goal performances from Anna Schueler. Jess Angerman holds the U-M record for most goals in a single game with four against Marquette, while Lauren Oberlander's hat trick vs. Marquette ranks second. Kim Coughlan was the most-recent Wolverine to join the multi-goal club with two tallies on Sunday (March 16) at Johns Hopkins.
Controlling the Draw
Michigan won the draw control battle for the first time this season at No. 14 Johns Hopkins, 15-12, on March 16. Anna Schueler came away with a game-high and career-best six draw controls to lead the Wolverines.
Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents, 202-90, through six games this season but are capitalizing well on their limited attempts. U-M has put 71.1 percent of its shot attempts on goal and scored on 43.4 percent of its total shot attempts.
First Time for Everything
Eleven different Wolverines have scored at least one goal in the first six games of the season, marking the first of their careers at Michigan, and of those 11, seven have also assisted on at least one goal. Jess Angerman leads the way with 13 points on seven goals and six assists, including four goals and two assists against Marquette, marking her first career hat trick. Anna Schueler leads the team in goals with nine, including three two-goal performances. Tess Korten has recorded five goals and three assists, including the first goal in program history. Lauren Oberlander has tallied five goals and an assist, with her first career hat trick coming against Marquette. Amanda Sutor was the most-recent Wolverine to notch her first career goal, doing so in the second half at Johns Hopkins.
Nine Wolverines have started all six games for Michigan, including Anna Schueler, Jess Angerman, Lauren Oberlander, Tess Korten, Regan Anderson, Sara Beach, Brooke Pancoast, Kelly Kubach and Allison Silber.
Scouting the Opponent: Winthrop
Winthrop, a member of the Big South Conference, will enter Thursday's game with a 2-5 record, including wins at George Mason (7-6) and against Saint Francis (19-10). The Eagles dropped their most-recent game against Denver (16-9) on Monday (March 17). Florida is the only opponent that both teams have in common so far this season -- Michigan lost to the Gators, 20-4, while Winthrop dropped a 21-5 decision at UF.
The second-year program is guided by head coach John Sung, who led Winthrop to a 9-8 overall record in its first season in 2013 -- the most wins by any first-year Division I program. Prior to starting the program at Winthrop, Sung helped develop another first-year team at Adrian College (Div. III) as head coach from 2008-11 (46-19 record). Before taking over at Adrian, Sung spent five years (2003-07) as the assistant women's varsity club lacrosse coach at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines accumulated a 93-22 record while he was the assistant coach.
Winthrop has five players in double-digit points this season, led by junior attacker Jenna Kasmarik, who has a team-best 25 goals and is also tied for the team lead in draw controls with 26 total. Prior to Winthrop's game against Denver on Monday (March 17), where she scored four of those 25 goals, she was tied for 10th in the NCAA, averaging 3.5 goals per game. Kasmarik has been named Big South Player of the week on two occasions this season. Sophomore goalie Camille King has seen all but nine minutes in cage for the Eagles this season, making 51 saves and allowing 13.33 goals per game.
Scouting the Opponent: No. 10 Penn State
Penn State, which is led by fourth-year head coach Missy Doherty, owns a 5-3 overall record and 1-0 mark in ALC play, with its lone conference win coming most recently at Vanderbilt on March 15 (14-8). PSU is 1-2 against ranked opponents this season after falling to No. 3 Maryland (14-7) and No. 9 Virginia (12-11) and taking down No. 12 Loyola (18-11). The Nittany Lions will not play again before hosting Michigan on Sunday (March 23).
Penn State has eight players with double-digit points this season, including a team-best 21 points (8G, 13A) from 5-10 junior attacker Maggie McCormick. Kelly Lechner leads the Nittany Lions with 17 goals, while Jenna Mosketti and Madison Cyr have added 16 and 15 goals, respectively. Mosketti leads the team in draw controls with 35 total and is ranked 26th in the NCAA with 4.38 per game. Senior defender Lauren Purvis is anchoring PSU's defense with 13 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Sophomore Emi Smith (2-1 record) and freshman Cat Rainone (3-2 record) have split all but 25 minutes in goal for the Nittany Lions. Smith owns a goals-against average of 8.92 and saves percentage of .493.
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. Recognized as one of the most competitive conferences in the country, 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 Wolverines have experienced several "firsts" through their first six games as a varsity program. Thursday's game against Winthrop will cross another "first" off the list, as the Maize and Blue hosts its first-ever game in Michigan Stadium.
U-M 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 in the historic game.
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.
Michigan's game against Ohio State on Wednesday, April 2, at Michigan Stadium has been announced as a Maize Out. Fans are encouraged to wear maize colored clothing to this game and maize out the Buckeyes!
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.
Sunday, March 30 -- vs. UC Davis (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2 -- vs. Ohio State (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.