March 30, 2014

Schueler's OT Tally Hands Michigan First Program Win

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Michigan celebrates during Sunday's win over UC Davis, the first win in the first-year program's varsity history. (Michigan Athletics)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's lacrosse team outlasted UC Davis, 13-12, in a three-overtime thriller to notch the program's first victory on Sunday (March 30) inside Michigan Stadium. In an intense back-and-forth battle, U-M came out on top after freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) put home the game-winning goal with 1:07 remaining in the second sudden-victory period.

Schueler and freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) accounted for 10 of Michigan's 13 goals, each contributing a career-best five scores.

Michigan held a three-goal lead, 11-8, with 13:17 left in regulation, when UC Davis responded with three unanswered goals. With U-M leading 11-10, the Wolverines stalled and maintained possession for more than three minutes, before a turnover and a foul on the other end gave way to the game-tying free position goal by UC Davis with just 14 seconds remaining. The Wolverines secured the ensuing draw, and freshman Madeline Dion (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) put the ball in the back of the net; but it was ruled that the shot came after time had expired, sending the game into its first overtime.

Both teams went scoreless for the first three minutes of the first overtime period, as freshman Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) came up with a big save for Michigan with just 46 seconds on the clock. The second half of the first overtime period provided much more excitement, as Korten wrapped around the net and placed the ball near post for the go-ahead goal with 21 seconds remaining. However, with only 7.4 seconds on the clock, UC Davis tied it up once more at 12 goals apiece.

The next goal would be the last of the day as the two teams entered into the sudden-victory portion of overtime. Three more minutes passed with no goals scored. Then, with 1:07 left in the third overtime period, Schueler took her defender one-on-one, spun and whipped the ball into the back of the net for the game-winning goal and her fifth of the afternoon.

The Wolverines started off strong, recording the first four shots of the game and scoring two goals within the first three minutes of play.

The rest of the half proved to be a back-and-forth battle, with four ties and two lead changes. Schueler tucked away two goals in the final minute to put the Wolverines up one, 6-5, going into halftime. Out of the break, Schueler and Korten helped build U-M's lead to three, 8-5, with two more goals by the 22:36 mark. The Aggies scored three of the next four goals to cut the Wolverines' lead to one, 9-8, with 18:37 to play in regulation.
Silber earned her first career win in goal, making eight saves on the day, including one in the first overtime period to keep Michigan in the game.

Next up, the Wolverines will take on American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) foe Ohio State on Wednesday (April 2) at 7 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium.

NOTES

• Michigan's first overtime game in program history resulted in the first win in program history.

• Michigan won the draw control battle by a narrow margin of 15-14.

• Anna Schueler's five goals today mark her third straight game with three or more goals.

• Tess's Korten's five-goal performance is a career best and marks her second multi-goal game.

QUOTES

Michigan Head Coach Jennifer Ulehla
On what this win means for the team ... "How sweet it is! This is monumental for this program. What I'm really, really proud of is every single one of these young women who have fought each and every day as we have continued to grow and go through difficult times and have kept their minds set on where it is we want to be. Today was about reaching a different level. A big W goes down in history as one that was very memorable."

On the team's focus ... "I told the team today, 'Guys, we have been a notch away from being able to compete against this team. Today we turn it up. We turn that notch up and we come out a different team'. We were just a few things away from competing against great teams. Today was that day. They really stayed focus. During time-outs, I was able to keep them calm and tell them what we needed to do on defense and what we needed to execute on offense -- and they did it. They grew up a lot today and we'll use this because we have a long way to go and need to make sure we continue to grow each and every day."

On Korten and Schueler's performances ... "It's about the team. It is always about the team, but Anna is a strong and powerful player. When she drives and is able to pull back out, she opens up space for people to pop into. We've been working on that and Tess was really able to take advantage of that today. For Tess, I was just proud that she was sable to stay focused for the sixty minutes. There were things that she did execute well and things she didn't execute well, but she stayed the course and kept herself where she needed to be, which is a big step for a freshman. She was able to come through when we needed her in the end. I'm just very, very proud."

On the team's fitness level ... "Coach Jackson has done a great job with this team and we are clearly in a much better place physically than we were in the beginning of the season. We didn't do a lot of subbing today and that just goes to show how we've grown from a physical standpoint. You put that together with all freshmen on the field, we made some poor mistakes, but we stayed with it. I think our stamina is just going to continue to get better and better. We are working hard in the weight room, working hard to get as physically fit as possible and it showed today. We were able to play hard for the full sixty minutes and that made a difference."

U-M Freshman Tess Korten
On how the first win feels ... "It's unbelievable. We knew we needed this win. There was nothing we weren't going to do to not come out with this win. It was a little bit later into our season then we would have liked, but we knew we were going to have this win and we were going to do anything to get it."

On what she learned from this game ... "It's definitely a good confidence boost because. There is a lot of talent on this team -- we know we can do it, and once we start working together and are really in tune with each other, we can pull off the points and eventually the goals will come and that's when we win. We played together as a team today."

On what went well down the stretch ... "I think, honestly, everyone was very invested in this game mentally, and there wasn't one point in the game when anyone was giving up. Even in the last couple of seconds when UC Davis had possession, we were doing everything in our power to get the ball back because we knew we were going to win this game and were going to do whatever we needed to do to win it."

U-M Freshman Anna Schueler
On how the first win feels ... "First of all, it's an amazing feeling. I think this was a huge hurdle that we got over. Our confidence will only go up. Getting our first win in the fashion we did, and all that hard work we did in the fall coming into this, this was just a huge win for us. "

On the winning mentality ... "As a team, it's an experience to know that our first win was in triple overtime. I think we learned something every single overtime we went in to. Winning is definitely a mentality. It's collecting ourselves after (Madeline) Dion's goal was pulled away. I think the whole game, no one thought we were going to lose. Everyone had a winning mentality."

On the offense clicking ... "We had a full week of practice and going into this, our offense got a lot more chemistry, a lot more rhythm. Coach (Ulehla) is implementing new stuff and everyone is working together and I think that's the key to success. Tess (Korten) had five goals and I had five goals, but I think it's really just people moving through and creating openings."

On her game-winning goal ... "I wasn't really thinking anything, to be honest. I just wanted this game to be over with, but if it wasn't there I was just going to pass it back to Tess (Korten) because I knew Tess wanted that shot. I was just lucky enough to be the one to put it in."


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