April 8, 2014
Wednesday, April 9 -- at Brown (Stevenson Field), 4 p.m.
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Saturday, April 12 -- vs. California (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.
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TEAM ONE : GAME TWELVE AND THIRTEEN
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (1-10) will remain away from home for its second straight road game, when it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown (8-3) on Wednesday (April 9) at 4 p.m. Following the Brown matchup, the Wolverines will return home to host California (2-8) on Saturday (April 12) for the program's first-ever Pink Game.
Saturday's game against Cal will be streamed live on MGoBlue.com (video only).
Promotions (Saturday, April 12 vs. California)
Pink Game -- Join the Wolverines in the fight against breast cancer! The Wolverines, in partnership with the American Cancer Society-Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, invite survivors of all types of cancer, their families, and caretakers to attend this game for just $3! For more information about $1 tickets, email UMAthleticsMarketing@umich.edu.
Postgame Autographs -- All members of Team One will be signing autographs on the field following the conclusion of the game.
Giveaway -- Pink Rally Towels
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 18th out of 103 Division I teams in strength of schedule this season according to LaxPower.com. The Wolverines recently wrapped up a seven-game stretch that featured five top-20 ALC opponents. 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, where they lost 20-6. At No. 14 Johns Hopkins (March 16), Michigan came up short 20-5. U-M fell 20-7 at No. 10 Penn State (March 23) and suffered an 18-3 loss to No. 17 Ohio State (April 2) to conclude that stretch. Michigan's most recent opponent, Navy, was ranked No. 19 in the Brine Media Poll, but was not ranked by the IWLCA at the time of that game. The Wolverines played Navy closely, coming up short 12-9 in non-conference play.
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 three multi-goal games, are tied for the program record for most goals in a game. Jess Angerman, who has four 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. Kim Coughlan (3), Madeline Dion (1) and Sophie duPhily (1) have also recorded multiple-goal performances this year.
Cal's roster features three players that were high school teammates with freshman Lauren Pryor (Darien, Conn./Darien), including sisters, senior Paige and sophomore Brynn Gasparino, as well as freshman Jena Fritts. Although they did not attend the same high school, Cal freshman Julie Crowell and U-M freshman Regan Anderson (Dana Point, Calif./St. Margaret's Episcopal School) are childhood friends.
Hats Off to You
Four different Wolverines have recorded hat tricks in the program's inaugural season. Anna Schueler leads Michigan with three hat tricks, including a program-best five-goal game against UC Davis. Tess Korten, 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. Korten has had hat tricks in two of the last three games, including five goals against UC Davis that are tied for the program record for most goals in a single game.
Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents 348-197, through 11 games this season, but are capitalizing well on their limited attempts. U-M has put 73.6 percent of its shot attempts on goal and scored on 42.1 percent of its total shot attempts. Tess Korten leads the Wolverines with a 53.6-percent shooting percentage, scoring 15 goals on 28 shot attempts (including players with 20 or more shots).
First Time for Everything
Eleven different Wolverines have scored at least one goal in the first 11 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 26 points, including a team-best 20 goals. Jess Angerman is second on the team with 21 points, including a team-high eight assists. Tess Korten has recorded 15 goals and three assists, including the first goal in program history, and a program-best five-goal performance against UC Davis. Korten has the longest active goal streak on the team, scoring at least once in each of the last four games. Lauren Oberlander has tallied eight goals and an assist, including two hat tricks.
Seven Wolverines have started all 11 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: Brown
Brown, which is led by head coach Keely McDonald, will enter Wednesday's game with an 8-3 overall record, including 2-2 mark in Ivy League play.
Goalie Kellie Roddy has play all but 61 minutes in cage for the Bears this season and owns all their decisions. She has made 69 saves and has a save percentage of .486. With the help of Roddy, Brown is ranked 13th in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 8.0 goals per game.
Brown has six players with 10 or more goals this season, led by senior attacker Bre Hudgins's 30 goals. Senior attacker Danielle Mastro has a team-best 43 points on 20 goals and 23 assists. Mastro's 2.09 assists per game ranks 12th in the NCAA. Senior attacker Grace Healy leads the Bears with 54 total draw controls and ranks 16th in the nation, averaging 4.91 per game.
Scouting the Opponent: California
Cal currently owns a 2-8 overall record and 1-4 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action and will play at Detroit on Thursday (April 10) prior to coming to Ann Arbor. Cal's two wins have come against Saint Mary's (CA) (20-14) and Siena (16-6). The Bears are the second MPSF team the Wolverines will face this season, as they also played UC Davis on March 30. Michigan's first win in program history came against UC Davis (13-12, 2OT), while Cal was edged by UC Davis, 8-7.
Freshman midfielder Bella Huther leads Cal with 30 points, which have all come on goals. Junior midfielder Gabby Christman is tied for second on the team with 17 goals and also leads the Bears in ground balls (21), draw controls (34) and caused turnovers with 23, which ranks sixth in the NCAA.
Sophomore goalkeeper Helen Hansen has played all but 12 minutes in cage for the Bears and owns all their decisions. She has made 65 total saves and has a save percentage of .335.
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 11 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.
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.
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 Maize and Blue hosted its first-ever game in Michigan Stadium against Winthrop (March 20), losing by a narrow margin of 14-12.
Team One, Win One
The Wolverines outlasted UC Davis, 13-12, in a two-overtime thriller to notch the program's first victory on 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, 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.
Schueler Wins Back-to Back ALC Rookie of the Week Honors
Freshman Anna Schueler received the program's first two ALC weekly honors, as she was named the conference's Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks (March 26 and April 2). Against Penn State and Winthrop she combined for eight points (6G, 2A), nine draw controls, three caused turnovers and two ground balls.
During the second week, Schueler and Tess Korten each tallied five goals apiece against UC Davis, setting a program record for most goals in a single game. Her fifth goal of the game proved to be the game winner in double overtime, giving the program its first-ever win. She also added four draw controls and two ground balls in the win.
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 18 (15G, 3A) and third in draw controls with 14. In U-M's first win over UC Davis, Korten 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. Korten has tallied at least one point in nine of 11 games this season. She has combine for nine goals in the last three games, and is currently riding a four-game goal streak.
Jess Angerman is second on the team in points with 21, including 13 goals and a team-high eight assists through 11 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, which is tied 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 21 total.
Anna Schueler received the program's first two ALC Weekly honors, being named ALC Rookie of the Week in back-to-back weeks (March 26 and April 2). She owns a team-high 26 points and 20 goals. Schueler is one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Jess Angerman, and leads the team with 33 draw controls. In back-to-back games against Johns Hopkins and Winthrop, Schueler came away with a career-best six draw controls. She has had six multi-goal games this season and is tied for the program lead for most points in a game with six (5G, 1A) in the team's first win over UC Davis, including the game winner in double overtime.
Kim Coughlan has tallied 11 points (8G, 3A) for U-M, including a career-high two scores at No. 14 Johns Hopkins, in U-M's first win over UC Davis and at Navy. She has also added 10 draw controls, eight ground balls and four 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 seven games.
Madeline Dion has increased her production for the Wolverines on both ends of the field over the last four games. She has scored four goals over that span, including a goal in each of the last two games. Dion also recorded a career-high two ground balls versus Ohio State and Navy and career-best two caused turnovers against Ohio State.
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 17, including a career-best four at Penn State. Beach has also contributed three draw controls and six caused turnovers, including a career-high two against Ohio State. At Jacksonville, Beach held the Dolphins' second-leading scorer, Taylor McCord, scoreless.
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 second on the team in caused turnovers with 10 and also has 10 ground balls and five 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 fourth on the team in ground balls with 14 and also has six draw controls and four caused turnovers.
Allison Silber has earned the start in cage for the Wolverines in each of the first 11 games, making 100 total saves, including a season-best 14 at No. 10 Penn State. She leads the Wolverines in ground balls with 24 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.
Wednesday, April 16 -- at Detroit (Titan Field), 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 19 -- vs. Vanderbilt (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.