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'M' falls to Northwestern

Ulehla welcomes stiff tests

First-year varsity
program falls to
top-10 team
For theDaily
Frustrated shouts from the
sideline filled Oosterbaan Field
House Tuesday afternoon
as the Michigan women's
lacrosse team took on No. 8
The Wolverines (0-5) began
the tough matchup sluggishly,
their MICHIGAN 6
opponents N'WESTERN 20
to score
four unanswered goals in
the first five minutes of play.
Those first few minutes were
indicative of how of the rest of
the game would play out, ending
with a 20-6 Northwestern win.
Though the Wildcats (4-2)
were in possession of the ball
for the majority of the first
half, the Wolverines managed
to break past midfield and take
eight shots on goal. Few of these
shots found the net.
Following the missed
attempts, the Wolverines called
the only timeout of the game as
the first half wound down. It
proved helpful when freshman
attacker Lauren Oberlander
finally landed a shot les than
three minutes later. I
The goal brought the score to
10-1, breaking Northwestern's
10-goal streak and serving as
motivation for thetwo Michigan
goals that followed, which were
scored by freshman midfielder
Anna Schueler and freshman
attacker Sophie duPhily.
But as the game went on, the
Wolverines' shouts were slowly
drowned out by the Wildcats!
cheers of their own.
Michigan only scored one of
the next nine goals, bringing
the score to an insurmountable
"We need to realize that
when we get down on the field
we need to spread out more
and pass the ball," Oberlander
said. "Make sure that we're
getting open for our teammates,

especially since they were
double teaming us a lot."
Northwestern's aggressive
performance hindered the
Wolverines' offense, only
allowing it to take half as many
shots as the Wildcats.
Michigan regained some
momentum by scoring back-to-
back goals toward the end of the
second half.
The first goal was made by
duPhily, and the second was
sent flying in by freshman
midfielder Kim Coughlan,

Much can be learned from
a challenging matchup like
this one, especially for a team
of freshmen going up against
Northwestern, a squad that
has won seven of the last nine
NCAA championships.
Michigan coach Jennifer
Ulehla agreed that a game
against a top opponent like the
Wildcats was an enormous task
to overcome.
"This is how we went into
it: Let's control what we can

Coach plans to
build program
through adversity
DailySports Writer
Striding out of the locker room
almost 30 minutes after the final
loss to Northwestern, Michigan
women's lacrosse coach Jennifer
Ulehlahadher explanationready.

from every game it plays, win
or lose.
The Wolverines' first-year
coach understands that while it
is hard for her fledgling team to
compete with the nation's top
teams, in the long run it will be
beneficial for the program. In
its first five games, Michigan
(0-5) has already faced No. 5
Florida and No. 8 Northwestern
(4-2), a program that has won
seven of the last nine national
titles. While both have ended in
lopsided defeats, Ulehla knows

bringing the
score to 18-6.
with two more
goals for the
final margin.
Allison Silber
in blocking seve
Wildcats still,
Wolverines' def
quick speed an

control, which
is ourselves,"
"W e're going to Ulehla said.
"Being ateam,
take our bumps communicating
and working
and bruises." hard when
we're going to
take our bumps
and bruises.
was successful "We got better from our
n shots, but the Florida experience and today.
dominated the Obviously the scoreboard
ense with their doesn't necessarily show it, but
d came out on I know it and they know it."

"Sorry I this will
took so long," improve her
Ulehla said. «I felt we were program down
"This was the road.
a learning Working much In the
opportunity, Wolverines'
and I wanted better as a team." Tuesday
to use it." matchup with
Determined the Wildcats,
to use her Ulehla
team of freshmen as the stressedthe importance oftaking
building block for a nationally advantage of the opportunities
respected program, Ulehla before them, controlling what
wants to ensure that her young they can control and giving all
team can take something away the effort they can.

"Northwestern is an
incredibly talented team, so for
us to have that opportunity -
especially on defense, the way
they worked our defense - was
really a great chance for us to
get better," Ulehla said. "We're
making progress, it just takes
time. In our last game, we came
out real flat and were more or
less watching the other team
play as opposed to competing."
The offense, while only
scoring six goals, looked more
engaged and competitive than
it had since its home opener,
committing fewer unforced
turnovers than in previous
games and creating some wide-
open looks in transition. Several
posts and some acrobatic saves
by the Wildcats' goalie kept the
Wolverines from adding a few
more goals.
"One of the things
(Northwestern) isn't doing as
well this year is getting in and
getting balanced defensively,"
Ulehla said. "To just get the ball
and go hard was one of our goals."
Compared to her team's last.
game against Florida, which
ended 20-4, Ulehla saw some
"It was similar in the score, but
different because I felt we were
working much better as a team.
I thought the effort was better,"
Ulehla said. "It's about getting a
young group moving forward."
While coaching a first-year
program comprised solely of
freshmen is a rare occurrence,
Ulehla has been through the
situation before. She was an
assistant coach for Florida in its
inaugural2008 season and stayed
there until 2010. The Gators have
since become one of the nation's
top programs, a rise she is hoping
to duplicate at Michigan.
"A lot of what we're going
through right now is what I
went through at Florida," Ulehla
said. "It's a good thing for me
because it keeps me grounded
and reminds me that we're
building - and we're building
a foundation this year and each
and every experience is a great
opportunity to get better. The
future is bright. This is gonna
be a tough year, but we're gonna
get better."

Michigan women's lacrosse coach Jennifer Ulehla hopes that her team's tough schedule will lead to success in the future, as it did when she coached at Florida-.

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I Love You, California. team."
The words are not only the Junior Noori Hyun also
title of California's state song, had a strong performance for
but they also describe the the Wolverines, finishing in a
sentiments of the Michigan three-way tie for eighth place
men's golf team after its trip to with a total score of 215, one
Chula Vista, Calif. under par. Hyun scored 70
The Wolverines were in third and 71 on the second and third
place after the first two rounds rounds, respectively, including
Monday at the Lamkin Grips a birdie on the 16th hole of the
San Diego Classic, and Michigan third round. Freshman Reed
coach Chris Whitten hoped his Hrynewich finished in a five-
team could take the tournament. way tie for 13th place with an
Even with a disappointing final overall score of 218, two over
round Tuesday, the Wolverines par. He shot 71 in the first round
finished fourth out of 13 teams. and 70 in the second.
Michigan finished with a team "Reed knows he has some
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Only USC, San Diego State and "But his swing was very good the
Wake Forest finished ahead of entire time and thathelped alot."
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"The guys played with good 25th place with 222 strokes,
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on the first day and we finished second round that featured an
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way tie for sixth place, out of 84 "We had a good spring break
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"Chris is one of the most California sunshine behind
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