April 29, 2014
TEAM ONE : GAME SEVENTEEN
The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team (4-12) makes its first and only American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) Tournament appearance on Thursday (May 1), as the No. 7 seed Wolverines will face the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes (12-5) in the first round at 7 p.m. The tournament will be hosted by Northwestern at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
All ALC Tournament games will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network and MGoBlueTV.
Tickets will be sold as day passes each day of the event at a cost of $8 for adults and $5 for youth, students and senior citizens. All tickets will be sold at the entrance to Lakeside Field.
• Michigan will make its first and only appearance in the ALC Tournament, as the Wolverines will transition to the newly formed Big Ten Conference for the start of the 2015 season. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers as of July 1, the Big Ten women's lacrosse conference will include six teams. Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State already sponsor women's lacrosse as varsity sports.
2014 ALC STANDINGS
Last Time Against the Buckeyes
Ohio State will mark the first team Michigan will play for a second time in its first year as a varsity program. The Wolverines and Buckeyes met for the first time in Ann Arbor in ALC regular-season play on April 2, when OSU came away with an 18-3 victory. Jess Angerman, Tess Korten and Madeline Dion each tallied goals for U-M.
The trio of Anna Schueler, Jess Angerman and Tess Korten has been dubbed Michigan's "triple threat." The three have combined for 61 percent (120-of-197) of U-M's total points this season, including 58 percent (87-of-150) of its goals and 70 percent (33-of-47) of its assists. They have also hauled in 55 percent (105-of-190) of draw controls for the Wolverines. All three players are members of Michigan's five-person Leadership Council, which was voted on by coaches and teammates to replace captains for the team of 27 freshmen.
Ending on a High Note
Michigan capped the regular season with a dominating victory over Fresno State, 19-6, on Saturday (April 26), scoring a program-best 19 goals. It marked the Wolverines' third win over teams from the state of California and their fourth overall win of the season. Tess Korten and Jess Angerman each led U-M with four goals and one assist apiece in the win. Eight different Wolverines scored, while 23 different players saw game action.
Winning in Dramatic Fashion
Ironically, the Maize and Blue defeated both of its first two opponents from the state of California 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.
Michigan 13, UC Davis 12 (2OT): 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.
Michigan 13, California 12 (2OT): 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 32nd 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
Nine different Michigan players have recorded multi-goal games this season, including a team-best 10 multi-goal performances from Anna Schueler. With five goals apiece in U-M's win over UC Davis, Schueler and Tess Korten, who has seven multi-goal games, are tied for the program record for most goals in a game. Jess Angerman, who has nine multi-goal outings, is tied for second with Kim Coughlan in goals in a game with four. Coughlan has seven multi-goal games with five coming in the last six games. Madeline Dion (2), Lauren Oberlander (2) and Sophie duPhily (1) have also recorded multiple-goal performances this year, as well as Allie Breitfeller (1) and Amanda Sutor (1), who joined that club with three and two goals, respectively, in U-M's recent win over Fresno State.
Hats Off to You
Five different Wolverines have recorded hat tricks in the program's inaugural season. Jess Angerman leads Michigan with six hat tricks. Anna Schueler (5), Tess Korten (4), Kim Coughlan (2) and Lauren Oberlander (2) also have multiple hat tricks this season. Allie Breitfeller was the most-recent Wolverine to record a hat trick, doing so in U-M's win over Fresno State (April 26).
Capitalizing on Opportunities
The Wolverines are being outshot by their opponents, 479-348, through 16 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 43.1 percent of its total shot attempts. Tess Korten leads the Wolverines with a 55.1-percent shooting percentage, scoring 27 goals on 49 shot attempts (including players with 20 or more shots). However, in games against non-ranked opponents during the regular season, the Wolverines were edged, just 278-257, in shot attempts, and in their four wins, they outshot their opponents, 138-94.
Contributing to the Point Column
Fourteen different Wolverines have scored at least one goal through the 16-game regular season, marking the first of their careers at Michigan, and of those 14, nine have also assisted on at least one goal. Jess Angerman moved into the team lead in points with 42 after U-M's regular-season finale, on 29 goals and a team-high 13 assists. Anna Schueler is second on the team with 41 points, including a team-best 31 goals. Tess Korten has recorded 27 goals and 10 assists, including the first goal in program history. Angerman has the longest active goal streak on the team, scoring at least once in each of the last seven games, tallying 19 goals during the streak. Kim Coughlan has come on strong late in the season and is fourth in points with 22 on 19 goals and three assists. Thirteen of Coughlan's goals have come in the last six games. Sarah Lugo is the newest Wolverine to contribute to the point column, scoring her first career goal on a free-position opportunity with 16 second remaining against Fresno State.
Six Wolverines have started all 16 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 Pryor is the newest staple in U-M's starting lineup, appearing on the list of starters in each of the last eight games.
Scouting the Opponent: No. 10 Ohio State
Directed by third-year head coach Alexis Venechanos, Ohio State will enter Thursday's contest with a 12-5 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in ALC play. The Buckeyes, who had previously locked up the No. 2 seed in the tournament, fell to No. 10 Johns Hopkins, 8-7, in their ALC regular-season finale on Saturday (April 26), giving them a 3-4 mark against ranked opponents this season. OSU began the season receiving votes and has steadily moved up in the rankings, currently sitting at No. 10. The Buckeyes have dramatically improved from last season when they went 8-10 overall and earned the No. 5 seed in the ALC Tournament. OSU is tied for 12th in the NCAA, allowing an average of just 8.0 goals per outing. Junior goalie Tori DeScenza, who has all of OSU's decisions (12-5), has played a key role in that stat, recording 129 total saves and a save percentage of 49.6 percent.
Junior attacker Jackie Cifarelli leads Ohio State with 49 total points this season, including a team-best 43 assists. Cifarelli's 2.53 assists per game currently ranks second in the nation. Senior attacker Katie Chase has a team-high 42 goals and has also secured nearly a quarter of OSU's draw controls this season, winning 50 of its 209 total draws, which has allowed the Buckeyes to win the draw battle 209-164 over their 2014 opponents.
Two Michigan players have hometown connections to members of Ohio State's roster. 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.
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. 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 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
Jess Angerman, who was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year at its recent awards banquet, moved into the team's lead in points after tallying five points (4G, 1A) against Fresno State. She currently has 42 points on 29 goals and a team-high 13 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 six U-M players to record a hat trick this season, doing so six times. She is also one of U-M's four primary players taking the draw, and is third on the team in draw controls with 26 total.
Tess Korten is third on the team in points with 37 (27G, 10A) and tied for second in draw controls with 28, securing three draws in each of the last three games. 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 points 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 14 of 16 games this season, and has scored 21 of her 27 total goals this season in the last eight outings. All four of Korten's career hat tricks have also come during that eight-game stretch.
Anna Schueler, who was named the team's Most Valuable Player at its recent awards banquet, 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 31 goals and is second in points with 41. Schueler is one of U-M's four primary players taking the draw, and leads the team with 51 draw controls, securing three or more in 10 games this season. 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 23. She has had a team-best 10 multi-goal games this season, including each of the last four games. Her career-high five goals against UC Davis, including the game winner in double overtime, match a program record for goals in a single game.
Kim Coughlan has tallied 22 points (19G, 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. After recording just one multi-goal game in her first seven outings, she has notched multi-goal performances in six of the last eight games. She has also added 14 draw controls, 12 ground balls and five 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 12 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 seven of the last nine games. Dion has also recorded 13 ground balls, 11 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 29, including a career-best five at Detroit. Beach has also contributed six draw controls and 15 caused turnovers, securing nine of those in U-M's last four games. At Jacksonville, Beach held the Dolphins' second-leading scorer, Taylor McCord, scoreless.
Kelly Kubach, who received U-M's Defender of the Year award at the team's recent award banquet, 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 third 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 21 and also has 10 draw controls and eight caused turnovers.
Allison Silber has earned the start in cage for the Wolverines in all 16 games, making 137 total saves, including a season-best 14 at No. 10 Penn State. She leads the Wolverines in ground balls with 37, 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.