March 27, 2014
THIS WEEKSunday, March 30 -- UC Davis (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.
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TEAM ONE : GAME NINE
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (0-8) will welcome the UC Davis Aggies (5-3) to Michigan Stadium for a non-conference tilt on Sunday (March 30) at 1 p.m.
Kids Go Blue Club Day -- All members of the 2013-14 Kids Go Blue Club will receive an email with FREE ticket redemption information, as well as information to purchase additional tickets to attend this game.
Postgame Autographs -- All members of Team One will be signing autographs on the field following the conclusion of the game.
Schueler Named ALC Rookie of the Week
Freshman Anna Schueler received the program's first ALC weekly honor on March 26, as she was named the conference's Rookie of the Week. In Michigan's pair of games last week, Schueler combined for eight points (6G, 2A), nine draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
In both games, she recorded three goals and one assist, marking her first two career hat tricks. Against Winthrop, she also came away with a career-best six draw controls. Schueler has now scored at least one goal in all but one game this season, including each of the last six, and has tallied five multiple-goal performances. Through eight games this season, she is tied for the team lead in points with 17 and has a team-best 14 goals.
Wolverines against Ranked Opponents
With six of its 2014 opponents appearing in the IWLCA top 20 and five that participated in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Michigan ranks 16th out of 103 Division I teams in strength of schedule this season according to LaxPower.com. The Wolverines wrapped up a five-game stretch that featured four top-15 ALC opponents on Sunday (March 23), falling, 20-7, at No. 10 Penn State. Michigan 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. At No. 14 Johns Hopkins, Michigan came up short, 20-5. U-M will also take on No. 18 Ohio State (April 2) and Navy (April 5), which received votes in this week's IWLCA poll, in back-to-back games next weeks.
Seven different Michigan players have recorded multi-goal games this season, including a team-best five 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 Schueler and Lauren Oberlander's pair of hat tricks versus are tied for second. Madeline Dion was the most-recent Wolverine to join the multi-goal club with two tallies on Sunday (March 23) at Penn State.
Hats Off to You
Jess Angerman, Lauren Oberlander and Anna Schueler each have two hat tricks apiece this season. Angerman and Oberlander's three-goal performances both came against Marquette and Winthrop, while Schueler had hat tricks in each of the last two games against Winthrop and Penn State.
Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents, 261-137, through eight games this season but are capitalizing well on their limited attempts. U-M has put 75.9 percent of its shot attempts on goal and scored on 42.3 percent of its total shot attempts.
First Time for Everything
Eleven different Wolverines have scored at least one goal in the first eight games of the season, marking the first of their careers at Michigan, and of those 11, eight have also assisted on at least one goal. Anna Schueler and Jess Angerman are tied for the team lead with 17 points, while Schueler has a team-best 14 goals. Lauren Oberlander has tallied eight goals and an assist, including two hat tricks. Tess Korten has recorded six goals and three assists, including the first goal in program history. Amanda Sutor was the most-recent Wolverine to notch her first career goal, doing so in the second half at Johns Hopkins.
Seven Wolverines have started all eight games for Michigan, including Anna Schueler, Jess Angerman, Tess Korten, Sara Beach, Brooke Pancoast, Kelly Kubach and Allison Silber. A total of 17 different Wolverines have earned the right to start at least one game this season.
Scouting the Opponent: UC Davis
UC Davis, a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), currently has a record of 5-3, including a 1-2 mark in MPSF play. The Aggies will face Detroit on Thursday (March 27) at 2 p.m. in the first game of their spring break trip to the Great Lakes State.
Elizabeth Landry, a 5-11 junior midfielder who is one of six Aggie players that stand at 5-9 or taller, leads UC Davis with a team-best 31 points, 20 goals and 33 draw controls. Melissa Kellan, a 6-2 freshman attacker, and 6-0 senior midfielder Carly Voris are right behind her with 16 goals apiece. Junior goalkeeper Kai Murphy, who was named MPSF Defender of the week on Feb. 24, has played the majority of minutes in cage for the Aggies, recording 54 saves and a save percentage of .524, which ranks fifth in the NCAA.
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 eight games as a varsity program. Michigan's game against Winthrop crossed another "first" off the list, as the Maize and Blue hosted its first-ever game in Michigan Stadium, losing by a narrow margin of 14-12.
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 is fourth on the team in points with nine (6G, 3A) and tied for third in draw controls with eight. She led U-M in its season-opener at Villanova with two goals and one assists, including the program's first goal just 32 seconds into the game. She has tallied at least one point in six of eight games this season.
Lauran Oberlander is one of three U-M players, along with Jess Angerman and Anna Schueler, to record a hat trick this season. She has a total of eight goals and one assist on the season. In addition to her contributions on the offensive end, Oberlander is also second on the team in caused turnovers with six.
Jess Angerman is tied for the team lead in points with 17 on 10 goals and seven assists through eight games. After dishing out one assist on the program's first goal at Villanova, she exploded with a career-best four goal-two assist performance against Marquette. Angerman is one of three U-M players, along with Lauren Oberlander and Anna Schueler, to record a hat trick this season. She is also one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Anna Schueler, and is second on the team in draw controls with 16 total.
Anna Schueler received the program's first ALC Weekly honor on March 26, being named ALC Rookie of the week. She tallied three goals and one assist in both of U-M's games last week and also added a combined nine draw controls in the two outings. She is one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Jess Angerman, and leads the team with 25 draw controls. She has a strong presence on both ends of the field and tremendous speed in the midfield. Schueler is tied for the team lead in points with 17 and has a team-best 14 goals.
Kim Coughlan has tallied points for U-M in four of the seven games she's played in this season, including a career-high two scores at No. 14 Johns Hopkins. She has also added six draw controls, four ground balls and three caused turnovers. Coughlan missed U-M's first game due to a foot injury, but returned for the home-opener against Marquette, coming off the bench.
Emily Braun is the only Michigan native in the Wolverine starting lineup. In addition to tallying nine ground balls, eight draw controls and three caused turnovers, she also recorded points in each of the last two games with a goal and an assist against Winthrop and one helper at Penn State.
Kelly Kubach uses her ability as an on-ball defender and vocal leader to anchor the Wolverine defense. She is an extremely smart player that helps the defense communicate and work as a unit. She is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with seven and also has five ground balls and three draw controls this season.
Brooke Pancoast is one of the Wolverines strongest and tallest defenders with the ability to get in passing lanes and cause turnovers. She is a solid mark-up defender, and uses her strong field vision to direct Michigan's defensive unit. Pancoast is tied for third on the team in ground balls with 10 and also has five draw controls and four caused turnovers.
Sara Beach is U-M's primary mark-up defender, often covering the opposing team's best attacker. She moved into second on the team in ground balls with 12 total after picking up a career-high four at No. 10 Penn State. Beach has also contributed five draw controls and four caused turnovers. At Jacksonville, Beach held the Dolphins' second-leading scorer, Taylor McCord, scoreless.
Allison Silber has earned the start in cage for the Wolverines in each of the first eight games, making 76 total saves, including a season-best 14 at No. 10 Penn State. She leads the Wolverines in ground balls with 21 total, including a career-high seven at No. 5 Florida. Her strong presence in the crease is an asset to U-M's young defense, while her ability to clear the ball is 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.
Wednesday, April 2 -- Ohio State (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 5 -- at Navy (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 3 p.m.