April 15, 2014
TEAM ONE : GAME FOURTEEN AND FIFTEEN
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (2-11, 0-5 ALC) will remain in the state of Michigan for a pair of games this week, as it travels to nearby Detroit for a 4 p.m. tilt on Wednesday (April 16) at Titan Field before hosting Vanderbilt for its American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) regular-season finale on Saturday (April 19) at 1 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.
Saturday's matchup with Vanderbilt is part of a doubleheader with the men's lacrosse team, as the men will take on Yale at 4 p.m. The game will be streamed live on mgoblue.com (video only).
Saturday is also lacrosse day at Michigan, as the U-M cheer team will be on hand and a single ticket will yield attendance to both the men's and women's games.
Promotions (Saturday, April 12 vs. California)
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.
Girl Scout Spring Fling -- The Wolverines invite all Girl Scouts to attend this game at a discounted rate! There will be face painting, games, and more fun on the Michigan Stadium concourse. Email UMAthleticsMarketing@umich.edu for more information. Ticket price will include a hot dog and beverage from a Michigan Stadium concession stand.
Men's Lacrosse Doubleheader -- Catch two Michigan lacrosse games for the price of one! Men's lacrosse vs. Yale (at 4 p.m.) game tickets are also valid for the women's lacrosse game, and women's lacrosse attendees are welcome to stay for the men's lacrosse game for free!
Home Field Advantage
Michigan's final three games of the regular season will be played in the state of Michigan, including two at home. The Wolverines will play their final regular-season road game on Wedneday at Detroit on Wednesday (April 16) before hosting Vanderbilt (April 19) and Fresno State (April 26) at Michigan Stadium. Fresno State will be the third Mountain Pacific Sport Federation (MPSF) team U-M will play this season -- UC Davis (March 30, W, 13-12 2OT) and California (April 12, W, 13-12 2OT).
Winning in Dramatic Fashion
The Wolverines notched their second win in program history on Saturday (April 12), as they defeated California, 13-12, in double overtime in their inaugural Pink Game. Both of Michigan's wins this season have come in double overtime by a score of 13-12, as U-M beat UC Davis in the program's first win on March 30.
Against Cal, Jess Angerman and Tess Korten led U-M with four goals apiece and also added two and three assists, respectively. Angerman scored both goals in overtime, including the game-winner with 1:03 remaining in the sudden-victory overtime period to give U-M the win after more than 70 minutes of play. In the first overtime, the Golden Bears took an early 12-11 advantage, scoring within the first 34 seconds of play. With 1:46 remaining in the period, Korten assisted Angerman to tie the game at 12-12. Strong Michigan defense for the remainder of the first overtime sent the game into the sudden-victory period. The Wolverines dominated the second overtime, as Michigan secured both draw controls and outshot the Bears, 5-0, leading up to Angerman's game-winning finish on an assist from Korten.
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.
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 24th out of 103 Division I teams in strength of schedule this season according to LaxPower.com. During the middle stretch of the season, the Wolverines played 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, losing, 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 also competed against Navy, which 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 seven multi-goal performances from Anna Schueler. With five goals apiece in U-M's win over UC Davis, Schueler and Tess Korten, who has five multi-goal games, are tied for the program record for most goals in a game. Jess Angerman, who has six multi-goal outings, ranks second in goals in a game, tallying four goals on two different occasions, while Lauren Oberlander ranks third with her pair of hat tricks. Kim Coughlan (4), Madeline Dion (1) and Sophie duPhily (1) have also recorded multiple-goal performances this year.
Hats Off to You
Four different Wolverines have recorded hat tricks in the program's inaugural season. Anna Schueler and Jess Angerman lead Michigan with four hat tricks apiece. Tess Korten (3) and Lauren Oberlander (2) also have multiple hat tricks this season. Angerman (4G, 2A), Korten (4G, 3A) and Schueler (3G, 1A) each had hat tricks against California to help Michigan secure its second win of the season. All three of Korten's hat tricks have come in the last five games as part of her six-game goal scoring streak.
Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents, 409-257, through 13 games this season but are capitalizing well on their limited attempts. U-M has put 71.6 percent of its shot attempts on goal and scored on 41.2 percent of its total shot attempts. Tess Korten leads the Wolverines with a 53.8-percent shooting percentage, scoring 21 goals on 39 shot attempts (including players with 15 or more shots).
First Time for Everything
Twelve different Wolverines have scored at least one goal through 13 games this season, marking the first of their careers at Michigan, and of those 12, nine have also assisted on at least one goal. Anna Schueler tops all Wolverines with 32 points, including a team-best 24 goals. Jess Angerman is second on the team with 30 points, including a team-high 10 assists. Tess Korten has recorded 21 goals and eight 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 six games. Kim Coughlan rounds out U-M's players with double-digit points, including 10 goals and three assists. Kelly Schlansker is the newest Wolverine to contribute to the point column, scoring her first career goal against California.
Seven Wolverines have started all 13 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: Detroit
The Detroit Titans, led by third-year head coach Laura Maness, are in their sixth year as a varsity program and their second year as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. UDM owns an overall record of 2-11, including a 1-2 mark in conference play. Detroit's pair of wins came against Delaware State (March 11, 19-6) and Howard (April 13, 17-5).
The Wolverines and Titans have five 2014 opponents in common. Both programs fell to Ohio State, Marquette and Jacksonville. Michigan's first win of the season came against UC Davis (13-12, 2OT), while Detroit dropped a 13-2 decision to the Aggies. Both teams played California close, but U-M earned a 13-12 double-overtime victory, while Detroit was edged 11-10.
The Titans are paced by junior attacker Tessa Keuler, who has a team-best 28 points on 12 goals and 16 assists. Sophomore midfielder Kylie Birney (20G, 1A) and fifth-year senior attacker Erin Campbell (19G 2A) round out UDM's top three in the points category. Junior goalie Lexie McCormick has played the majority of minutes in cage for the Titans and owns all their decisions. She has made 122 saves and has a save percentage of .440. McCormick also has a team-best 44 ground balls on the season, which ranks third in the nation (3.38 per game). Redshirt junior attacker Annie Mendoza leads UDM in the center circle with 22 draw controls.
Scouting the Opponent: Vanderbilt
ALC foe Vanderbilt currently owns a record of 4-10, including a 1-4 mark in conference play and is led by 17th-year head coach Cathy Swezey. The Commodores will host Jacksonville on Wednesday, April 16, before coming to Ann Arbor to play U-M. The Wolverines dropped a 15-7 decision to Jacksonville earlier in the season (March 5). VU's top two wins of the season came at Stanford (16-15 OT) and against No. 9 Johns Hopkins (12-11) in ALC action.
The Commodores have eight players with double-digit points and seven with double-figure goals this season. They are led by sophomore attacker Mallory Schonk's 42 points, including 20 goals and 22 assists, while senior attacker Abby Wheeler has a team-high 30 goals. Sophomore midfielder Kelly Chandler (25G, 5A) has a team-high 48 draw controls, and senior defender Brandi Byner leads VU with 25 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. Two goalkeepers, junior Maddie Kratz (2-9) and freshman Callahan Kent (2-1), have both seen time in cage with Kratz seeing the majority of time. Kratz has made 93 saves and has a save percentage of .371.
With just three games remaining in the regular season, the ALC Tournament is approaching quickly (May 1-4) and will be hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. Florida clinched at least a share of the ALC regular-season title on Sunday (April 13), as it defeated Vanderbilt, 14-9, to remain a perfect 5-0 in conference play. Michigan is currently seventh with a 0-5 conference mark and will take on Vanderbilt, who is sixth (1-4 ALC), in its final ALC matchup on Saturday, April 19. All ALC teams make the tournament with the top seed earning a first-round bye. [ ALC Standings ]
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" during their first season as a varsity program. Michigan's double-overtime win (13-12) against UC Davis (March 30) 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.
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 29 (21G, 8A) and third in draw controls with 19. 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. In U-M's second win over Cal, she posted four goals and a career-high three assists, setting a new program record for most point in a game with seven. 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 11 of 13 games this season. During her current six-game goal scoring streak, she has combined for 16 goals.
Jess Angerman is second on the team in points with 30, including 20 goals and a team-high 10 assists. She has recorded a career-high six points in two games this season, which ranks second in program history, tallying four goals and two assist on both occasions. Angerman is one of four U-M players to record a hat trick this season, doing so four times. She is also one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Anna Schueler and Kim Coughlan, and is second on the team in draw controls with 22 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 32 points and 24 goals. Schueler is one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Jess Angerman and Kim Coughlan, and leads the team with 40 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 a team-best seven multi-goal games this season. She scored a career-high five goals against UC Davis, including the game-winner in double overtime.
Kim Coughlan has tallied 10 points (10G, 3A) for U-M, including a career-high two goals in four different games this season. She has also added 11 draw controls, 11 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 nine games.
Madeline Dion has increased her production for the Wolverines on both ends of the field throughout the second half of the season. She has scored seven goals this season, including one in each of the last four games. Dion has also recorded 11 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and six draw controls this season.
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 21, including a career-best four at Penn State and against Cal. Beach has also contributed four draw controls and eight caused turnovers, including a career-high two against Ohio State and Cal. 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 11 ground balls and six 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 16 and also has eight draw controls and four caused turnovers.
Allison Silber has earned the start in cage for the Wolverines in all 13 games, making 112 total saves, including a season-best 14 at No. 10 Penn State. She leads the Wolverines in ground balls with 26 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.
Saturday, April 26 -- vs. Fresno State (Michigan Stadium), 4 p.m.
May 1-4 -- at ALC Tournament (Evanston, Ill.), TBA