After a rough-but-expected start to the season being shut out 21-0 by #4 Florida on the road and dropping a heartbreaker in OT to Winthrop, the Michigan Women Laxers have battled for back for 3 wins to set a program record for a winning streak.
After winning a 16-14 thriller in Berkeley on Tuesday night, Michigan, in their second year as a Varsity sport, traveled to the Bay Area to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels who aren't very good. At all.
What Michigan did in this game definitely had to boost their confidence. They set records all over the place in this one.
Anna Schueler's sole possession of the Michigan single game goal record lasted all of three days. Incredibly, freshman Mae Tarr came off the bench and tied Schueler's record with 5 goals of her own. Tarr was talked about by coach U on WTKA as a freshman who could contribute this season.
Four Wolverines tallied a hat trick in this one. Tarr with 5 goals, Tess Korten with 4, Jess Angerman and Sophie duPhily with 3.
Michigan's 22 goal offensive burst is a program record for goals scored in a game. The previous record was 19 against Fresno State last season.
Michigan really clamped down on defense in the second half. The Gaels only scored 2 goals in the second half and totaled FIVE shots.
Michigan is now a perfect 5-0 against the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation).
The Wolverines return home from their spring break outing in California on Wednesday night to open Michigan Stadium up against Virginia Tech at 7pm. Game will broadcast live on BTN+.
Didn't get a chance to post this since I went to bed after that debacle of Basketball game last night, but there was a bright spot on the day in Michigan Athletics besides Baseball beating Stetson.
Women's Lacrosse went on the road with a 1-2 record coming off of their first win of the season, an 18-6 blowout win against St. Bonaventure at Oosterbaan.
The Wolverines traveled to California Memorial Stadium to take on the 1-1 Cal Bears in a rematch of their classic 13-12 2OT game from last year that Michigan won.
This year was no different--in result and game pace.
Amazing stats, really. Michigan took 22 shots in the game: they scored on 16 of them for a .727 shot percentage.
The best stat of the game: Michigan had three players with hat tricks. Anna Scheuler set the new program record for goals scored in a game with 5 goals, Kim Coughlan had 4 goals and Jess Angerman had 3.
Michigan is now 4-0 against MPSF teams.
Michigan is now 2-2 after an 0-2 start. They head to Saint Mary's next for a Friday night game.
|Date||Opponent||Result or Time/TV|
|2/14||at #4 Florida||L 0-21|
|2/22||at Winthrop||L 10-11 OT|
|2/28||vs St. Bonaventure||W 18-6|
|3/3||at California||W 16-14|
|3/6||at Saint Mary's||7pm|
|3/11||vs Virginia Tech||7pm/BTN Plus|
|3/27||at Ohio State*||5pm/BTN Plus|
|4/9||at Penn State*||7pm/BTN|
|4/12||at Notre Dame||1pm|
|4/18||at Maryland*||Noon/BTN Plus|
The 3-1 Wolverines are back at D.B. Milne Field--the site of their first win in program history which took place in 2012 against Mercer.
Jacksonville is 1-1 on the season. Their loss was a 20-4 blowout to current #9 Army with their win coming against St. John's by a score of 12-11 in OT.
Michigan played Jacksonville in 2012 two days before they played Mercer in the neutral site game at Milne Field, but they lost to Jacksonville 9-8 in OT. That would have been Michigan's first win had JU not scored in OT.
First televised game of the season. Live on ESPN3.com for free. Faceoff at 7pm.
Michigan had another great game where they raced out to a big lead and rode it to the finish.
Kyle Jackson led Michigan in scoring with 4 goals.
He had a hat trick in the first minute of the 2nd quarter. Michigan was 7-1 at that point and led 8-3 at half.
Michigan is now 3-1, their best start in program history. They play two next week. They'll head down to Jacksonville for a Tuesday night game that will be televised on ESPN3.
Then, next Sunday, they open Michigan Stadium with a game against Brown which will be televised on BTN Plus.
Hey if you're in AA and looking for something to do this afternoon head down to Oosterbahn at 1 to check out men's lacrosse vs. Notre Dame. The Irish are #2 but this is a huge opportunity for 2-0 Michigan to really turn the corner and pick up that signature win. It would be nice to get it against an archrival.
This is also the first official varsity matchup with the Irish (I believe they played in the old days when the rules of varsity vs club were much looser).
Oosterbahn can also be an extraordinarily difficult place to play for a team that has never experienced it. A lot of good teams, even superior teams, come into the fieldhouse and have trouble adjusting. For example, Michigan took highly ranked Cornell to overtime last year in Oosterbahn.
ND struggled against G'town last week, a program that has been down lately, and only came away with a 14-12 victory. So, its possible they haven't hit their stride yet and may be susceptible to an early-season upset.
Unfortunately, it won't be broadcast or streamed so you'll have to go see it for yourself.
Since the program's inception, I've made a lot of predictions that have proved to be wildly off base. But here's another one: Michigan pulls the upset 14-13! GO BLUE! BEAT THE IRISH!
Sophomore Ian King scored 6 goals and had 2 assists (that's really good) in the lacrosse win over Detroit Saturday. For that effort he got Big Ten Offensive player of the week and Inside Lacrosse national player of the week. He led the team in scoring last year as a freshman. As a sophomore he would have been in the varsity team's 2nd recruiting class, so quite a steal for such a young program.
Wins in the first two games are great, but #2 Notre Dame is in town Saturday. In a few years these two programs will be playing rock-em sock-em robot with each other, but it would be a huge upset to get the W this weekend.