April 1, 2014
Wednesday, April 2 -- vs. No. 17 Ohio State (Michigan Stadium), 7 p.m.
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Saturday, April 5 -- at Navy (Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium), 3 p.m.
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TEAM ONE : GAME TEN AND ELEVEN
Coming off the first win in program history on Sunday (March 30) over UC Davis, the University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (1-8, 0-4 ALC) will host No. 17 Ohio State (8-4, 1-1 ALC) on Wednesday (April 2) at 7 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium before traveling to Annapolis, Md., to take on Navy in a non-conference matchup on Saturday (April 5) at 3 p.m.
Live video and commentary for Wednesday's game against Ohio State will be provided by Michigan's BTN Student U via MGoBlue.com.
MAIZE OUT -- Fans are encouraged to wear maize colored clothing to this game and maize out the Buckeyes!
Team Day -- All local teams are encouraged to purchase tickets to attend this game. Two teams will be selected to scrimmage on the Michigan Stadium field prior to the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. Teams must be in eighth grade or younger in order to scrimmage. For more information, email UMAthleticsMarketing@umich.edu.
TEAM ONE, WIN ONE
The Wolverines outlasted UC Davis, 13-12, in a two-overtime thriller to notch the program's first victory on Sunday (March 30), as freshman Anna Schueler put home the game-winning goal with 1:07 remaining in the sudden-victory period. Schueler and freshman Tess Korten accounted for 10 of Michigan's 13 goals, with each contributing a career-best five scores.
After UC Davis overcame a three-goal deficit to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining in regulation, freshman Madeline Dion scored as time expired, but it was ruled that the shot came after the buzzer, sending the game into overtime. In the first overtime period, Michigan scored first with 21 seconds left, but UC Davis answered to tie the game once again with 7.4 seconds on the clock to send the game to a second sudden-victory overtime. Schueler netted the game-winner with 1:07 remaining to give U-M its first victory.
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 22nd 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 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 its first home conference tilt, as U-M lost, 20-6. At No. 14 Johns Hopkins, Michigan came up short, 20-5. Following U-M's game vs. No. 17 Ohio State, it will take on Navy (April 5), which was ranked in the ILWCA earlier in the season.
Multiple Goal Outings
Seven different Michigan players have recorded multi-goal games this season, including a team-best six multi-goal performances from Anna Schueler. With five goals apiece in U-M's win over UC Davis, Schueler and Tess Korten, who has two multi-goal games, are tied for the program record for most goals in a game. Jess Angerman, who has three multi-goal outings, ranks second in goals in a game with her four-goal game against Marquette, while Lauren Oberlander is third with her pair of hat tricks this season. Kim Coughlan (2), Madeline Dion (1) and Sophie duPhily (1) have also recorded multiple-goal performances this year.
Several Michigan players have hometown connections to members of Ohio State and Navy's rosters. Anna Schueler and OSU sophomore Kelsey Gallagher were teammates at Loyola Academy in Chicago, Ill., while Jess Angerman was also high school teammates with a pair of Buckeyes at Shoreham-Wading River (Long Island) -- freshmen Paulina Constant and Meredith Bushell. Navy's Codi Mullen was also teammates with Angerman, Constant and Bushell at Shoreham-Wading River. Michigan's Sara Beach and Navy freshman Morgan Young both attended Towson High School, where they were lacrosse teammates.
Hats Off to You
Anna Schueler has scored three or more goals in each of the last three games, including three apiece against Winthrop and Penn State, and a career-high five goals in U-M's double-overtime win over UC Davis. Jess Angerman and Lauren Oberlander each have two hat tricks apiece this season. Angerman and Oberlander's three-goal performances both came against Marquette and Winthrop.
Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents, 288-168, through nine games this season but are capitalizing well on their limited attempts. U-M has put 73.2 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 nine 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 tops all Wolverines with 23 points, including a team-best 19 goals. Jess Angerman is second on the team with 18 points, including a team-high eight assists. Tess Korten has recorded 11 goals and three assists, including the first goal in program history, and a program-best five-goal performance against UC Davis. Lauren Oberlander has tallied eight goals and an assist, including two hat tricks. Allie Breitfeller, who has five goals and three assists this season, has scored one goal in each of the last three games.
Seven Wolverines have started all nine games for Michigan, including Anna Schueler, Jess Angerman, Tess Korten, Sara Beach, Brooke Pancoast, Kelly Kubach and Allison Silber. A total of 18 different Wolverines have earned the right to start at least one game this season.
Scouting the Opponent: No. 17 Ohio State
Directed by third-year head coach Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State enters Wednesday's contest with an 8-4 overall record, including a 1-1 mark in ALC play and is coming off back-to-back wins -- against Oregon (13-9) and William & Mary (14-7). The Buckeyes have already matched their win total from last season when they went 8-10 overall. OSU is tied for 18th in the NCAA, allowing an average of just 8.5 goals per outing through 12 games. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza has played a key role in that stat, recording 79 total saves and a save percentage of 44.4 percent.
Junior attacker Jackie Cifarelli leads Ohio State with 41 total points this season, including a team-best 29 assists. Cifarelli's 2.42 assists per game currently ranks 10th in the nation. Senior attacker Katie Chase's team-high 33 goals this season are tied for 14th in the country. Chase has also secured a quarter of OSU's draw controls this season, winning 38 of its 154 total draws, which has allowed the Buckeyes to win the draw battle 154-113 over their 2014 opponents.
Scouting the Opponent: Navy
Led by seventh-year head coach Cindy Timchal, Navy owns an overall record of 10-1, with its only loss of the season coming to Boston University (9-8) on March 22. Prior to hosting the Wolverines on Saturday (April 5), Navy will take on San Diego State at home on Wednesday (April 2). During the 2013 season, Navy recorded a 19-2 overall record, en route to winning the Patriot League Tournament and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Navy's stingy defense is second in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 5.0 goals per game. Navy is outshooting its opponents, 228-101, and has converted on 51.4 percent of its total shot attempts while holding opponents to 37.4 percent.
Navy is led by junior attacker Loren Generi, who leads the NCAA in points per game with 5.82, ranks second in the NCAA in total points with 64, is tied for seventh in the nation with 35 goals this season and ranks sixth in the country with 65 draw controls. Junior goaltender Annie Foky has played all but 44 minutes in cage for Navy, making 40 saves and earning a save percentage of .440.
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 nine games as a varsity program. Michigan's double-overtime win (13-12) against UC Davis crossed another "first" off the list and went into the history books in dramatic fashion.
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.
The Maize and Blue hosted its first-ever game in Michigan Stadium against Winthrop (March 20), losing by a narrow margin of 14-12.
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 third on the team in points with 14 (11G, 3A) and third in draw controls with 11. In U-M's first win over UC Davis, Koten and Anna Schueler tallied five goals apiece, setting a program record for most goals in a single game. 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 seven of nine 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 seven.
Jess Angerman is second on the team in points with 18, including 10 goals and a team-high eight assists through nine 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, tying for the program lead for most points in a single game (6). 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 18 total.
Anna Schueler received the program's first ALC Weekly honor on March 26, being named ALC Rookie of the week after tallying three goals and one assist in both of U-M's games during the week of March 17-23. She is one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Jess Angerman, and leads the team with 29 draw controls. In back-to-back games against Johns Hopkins and Winthrop, Schueler came away with a career-best six draw controls. As one of U-M's top competitors, she has a strong presence on both ends of the field and tremendous speed in the midfield.
Kim Coughlan has tallied points for U-M in five of the eight games she has played in this season, including a career-high two scores at No. 14 Johns Hopkins and in U-M's first win over UC Davis. She has also added six draw controls, five 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, and has now started each of the last five games.
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 three games with a goal and an assist against Winthrop and one helper vs. Penn State and UC Davis.
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 eight and also has seven ground balls and four 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 11 and also has six 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 is second on the team in ground balls with 14, including a career-best four at Penn State. Beach has also contributed three 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 nine games, making 84 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. Silber made 13 saves in the program's first win over UC Davis, including one in overtime to help the Wolverines secure the win.
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 9 -- at Brown (Stevenson Field), 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 -- vs. California (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.