U-M to Welcome Fresno State for Regular-Season Finale
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April 24, 2014

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THIS WEEK
Saturday, April 26 -- Fresno State (Michigan Stadium), 4 p.m.
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TEAM ONE : GAME SIXTEEN
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (3-12, 0-6 ALC) will wrap up its first regular-season as a varsity program on Saturday (April 26) when it hosts Fresno State (2-12, 1-8 MPSF) in a non-conference tilt at 4 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.

Saturday's matchup with Fresno State is part of a double-header with the men's lacrosse team, as the men will take on Robert Morris at noon. The women's game will be streamed live on mgoblue.com (video only).

Promotions (Saturday, April 26 vs. Fresno State)

U-M Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day -- The Wolverines thank all U-M faculty and staff members for their support throughout the academic year! As a thank you, the first 100 U-M faculty/staff members in attendance will receive a voucher for a free hot dog and drink at a Michigan Stadium concession stand.

*Must present valid MCard to receive voucher

• Men's Lacrosse Doubleheader -- Catch two Michigan lacrosse games for the price of one! Men's lacrosse vs. Robert Morris (at noon) game tickets are also valid for the women's lacrosse game, and women's lacrosse fans are invited to arrive early to watch the men's lacrosse game for free!

• Postgame Autographs -- The women's lacrosse team will sign autographs on the field following the game with Fresno State.

WOLVERINE BITES
• Michigan has an RPI ranking of No. 70, while Fresno is sitting at No. 85.

California State of Mind
Fresno State will be Michigan's third opponent from the state of California and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season. Ironically, the Maize and Blue defeated both of its two previous opponents from the Golden State in double overtime by a score of 13-12. U-M got its first win in program history over UC Davis, 13-12, in its first double overtime affair on March 30, and defeated California, 13-12, in double overtime on April 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.

TEAM ONE, WIN TWO
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.

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 26th 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, 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 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 nine multi-goal performances from Anna Schueler. With five goals apiece in U-M's win over UC Davis, Schueler and Tess Korten, who has six multi-goal games, are tied for the program record for most goals in a game. Jess Angerman, who has eight multi-goal outings, is tied for second with Kim Coughlan in goals in a game with four. Coughlan has six multi-goal games with four coming in the last five games. Madeline Dion (2), Lauren Oberlander (2) 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 five hat tricks apiece. Tess Korten (3) and Lauren Oberlander (2) also have multiple hat tricks this season. Kim Coughlan turned in hat tricks in each of U-M's games last week, scoring four goals against Detroit and three versus Vanderbilt.

Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents 457-309, through 15 games this season, but are capitalizing well on their limited attempts. U-M has put 75.1 percent of its shot attempts on goal and scored on 42.4 percent of its total shot attempts. Tess Korten leads the Wolverines with a 54.8 percent shooting percentage, scoring 23 goals on 42 shot attempts (including players with 15 or more shots). However, in games against non-ranked opponents, the Wolverines are being edged just 289-237 in shot attempts, and in their three wins, they are outshooting their opponents 99-72.

Contributing to the Point Column
Thirteen different Wolverines have scored at least one goal through 15 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 38 points on a team-best 29 goals and nine assists. Jess Angerman is second on the team with 37 points, including a team-high 12 assists. Tess Korten has recorded 23 goals and nine assists, including the first goal in program history, and a program-best five-goal performance against UC Davis. Angerman and Madeline Dion have the longest active goal streaks on the team, scoring at least once in each of the last six games, with Angerman tallying 15 goals during the streak and Dion adding seven. Kim Coughlan has come on strong late in the season and is fourth in points with 20 on 17 goals and three assists. Eleven of Coughlan's goals have come in the last five games. Natalie Carti is the newest Wolverine to contribute to the point column, scoring her first career goal at Detroit.

Consistent Starters
Six Wolverines have started all 15 games for Michigan, including Anna Schueler, Jess Angerman, Tess Korten, Sara Beach, Brooke Pancoast and Allison Silber. A total of 18 different Wolverines have earned the right to start at least one game this season. Lauren Prior is the newest staple in U-M's starting lineup, appearing on the list of starters in each of the last seven games.

Scouting the Opponent: Fresno State
Led by third-year head coach Jessica Pausewang, Fresno State owns an overall record of 2-12, including an 1-8 mark in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) action. The Bulldogs' two victories came against Monmouth (8-6) in their season opener and Saint Mary's (16-12), marking their only conference win. Michigan and Fresno State have two 2014 opponents in common. The Wolverines topped UC Davis and California, each by a score of 13-12 in double overtime, while FSU fell to UC Davis, 15-8, and California, 11-7.

The Bulldogs have three players with double-digit goals this season, including senior attacker Kara Concheck, who has a team-best 34 points on 28 goal and six assists. Senior defender Ashley Phillips has caused a team-high 11 turnovers and also has 15 ground balls this season. In goal for FSU, senior Lisa Barnaba has earned all 13 starts, making 88 saves and earning a save percentage of .397. Redshirt freshman Meganne Weissenfels, who has recorded 47 saves and a save percentage of .435, has also seen time in cage in nine games.

ALC Landscape
The ALC Tournament will be hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. from May 1-4. Florida clinched the ALC regular-season title on Sunday (April 13) with a perfect 6-0 record in conference play and will be the top seed in the tournament. After falling to 0-6 in ALC play with a loss to Vanderbilt (April 19), Michigan will be the No. 7 seed in the tournament and face No. 2 seeded Ohio State on Thursday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Field. Ohio State locked up the No. 2 seed with a 4-1 conference record. The final ALC matchup between Ohio State and Johns Hopkins on Saturday (April 26) will finalize the seeding for the tournament. [ 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 10 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

Attack
Tess Korten is third on the team in points with 32 (23G, 9A) and tied for second in draw controls with 25. 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 13 of 15 games this season, and has scored 17 of her total goals this season in the last seven outings.

Jess Angerman is second on the team in points with 37, on 25 goals and a team-high 12 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 five U-M players to record a hat trick this season, doing so five times. She is also one of U-M's primary players taking the draw, along with Anna Schueler and Kim Coughlan, and is tied for second on the team in draw controls with 25 total.

Midfield
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 38 points and 29 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 49 draw controls. In back-to-back games against Johns Hopkins (March 16) and Winthrop (March 20), Schueler came away with a career-best six draw controls. She also leads the Maize and Blue with 16 caused turnovers and is third in ground balls with 22. She has had a team-best nine multi-goal games this season, including each of the last three games. She scored a career-high five goals against UC Davis, including the game winner in double overtime.

Kim Coughlan has tallied 17 points (17G, 3A) for U-M, including a career-high four goals in U-M's win at Detroit (April 16). She followed up her first career hat trick at Detroit with another three-goal performance against Vanderbilt. She has also added 13 draw controls, 12 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 11 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 10 goals this season, including at least one in each of the last six games. Dion has also recorded 12 ground balls, nine caused turnovers and six draw controls this season.

Defense
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 27, including a career-best five at Detroit. Beach has also contributed five draw controls and 13 caused turnovers, securing five total in U-M's two games last week, including a career-high three at Detroit. 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 tied for second on the team in caused turnovers with 13 and also has 14 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 20 and also has nine draw controls and seven caused turnovers.

Goalie
Allison Silber has earned the start in cage for the Wolverines in all 15 games, making 128 total saves, including a season-best 14 at No. 10 Penn State. She leads the Wolverines in ground balls with 34 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.

UP NEXT
May 1 -- vs. Ohio State, ALC Tournament First Round (Evanston, Ill.), 7 p.m.