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Wolverines down Cal, earn second victory

ByAZALEA HINOJOSA
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's
lacrosse team's second-ever
win came in an all-too-familiar
fashion. Saturday afternoon at
the Big House, the young team
rallied past
California, CALIFORNIA 12
thanks to a MICHIGAN 13
triumphant
double-overtime performance.
This victory marks the
second time the Wolverines
have snagged a game in double
overtime, the first coming
against UC Davis with an
identical 13-12 final score, but
Saturday marked the first. time
they outshot their opponent, a
35-30 advantage.
Freshman attacker Tess
Korten tallied four points,
garnering her third career hat
trick. She scored the game's first
goal less than four minutes into
the match.
With just 1:03 remaining
in double overtime, freshman
attacker Jess Angerman found
herself open in the middle of the
eight-meter arc and with a quick
pass from Korten, she lashed
the ball straight to the bottom
corner of the net.
"To have two home games
that we've won in overtime,
in a dramatic fashion, says a
lot about their character and
strength," said Michigan coach
Jennifer Ulehla.
The first half saw alot of back-
and-forth exchanges of points.
When California scored the next
two goals following Korten's,
the Wolverines answered with
a pair of their own, by freshman
midfielder Anna Schueler and
Angerman, respectively.
The Golden Bears notched
four more goals and Michigan
drilled in an additional two, one
by freshman midfielder Madeline
Dion and the second of Schueler's
four goals.
The Wolverines faced a 6-5
deficit by the end of the first half,
but Ulehla knew that her team
had more fight in them.
"Initially, I wasn't very happy
with our performance,"'Ulehla

Freshman Jess Angerman scored the game-winning goal with just 1:03 left in the second overtime, giving the Michigan women's lacrosse teamn

working in a way where she's
creating off the crease, we've
got Jess who's trying to get
open in the middle, then we've
got Anna who's a threat from
the top."
The trio has been troubling
defenses all season, and it
was apparent more than ever
against the Golden Bears.
Angerman scored four goals
and had two assists, Korten
had a career-high seven points
- four goals and three assists
- and Schueler notched three
goals and one assist.
"We're at the point in the
season where everyone'sworking
well together," Angerman said.
The improved chemistry is
evident on the field. Schueler
and Angerman found room
running isolation plays from
the midfield, which forced
California to bring quick double
teams, leaving room on the
crease for Korten and other
attackmen. Korten's dodging
from behind the net forced
double teams as well and led to
ALLISON FARRAND/Daily the Wolverines' winning goal.
its second-ever win. Though the trio has been
carrying the team statistically,
e three times from they insist that their teammates
tove already, and deserve as much credit,
it was prepared, particularly after freshman
quick double team attackman Amanda Sutor
rten's move to the earned her first career assist
Iman midfielder and freshman attackman Kelly
rman anticipated Schlansker scored her first goal
td slipped open in of the season.
net. Korten found "We work well because
an scored, and the we communicate well, but
won their second it's not just the three of us,"
season Saturday, Korten said. "All the attackers
rtime once again. and midfielders work and
olverines' 13 goals, communicate well, so even if
sisted, meaning the other people don't have the
team notched points, they are the ones getting
a total of 22 us open - we all work together."
individual This late in the season, it has
points. Of become clear who Michigan is
those 22, trying to get the ball to as the
17 were game winds down.
accumulated "Especially toward the end
by Angerman, of the game, those are the
Korten and individuals we're gonna look
midfielder Anna toward," Ulehla said. "During the
game and in the beginning of the
them our triple game we look to whoever is in a
I Michigan coach position to attack, but they're
hla. "We've got Tess definitely our go-to players."

said. "We didn't come out the
way I knew we could come out
against this team. At halftime,
I said to them 'The bad news is
that we just played a very bad 30
minutes. The good news is we're
only down one goal. We're going
to make some adjustments."'
The halftime talk proved to
be beneficial when freshman
attacker Kelly Schlansker scored
her first career goal one minute
into the second half.
The Wolverines indeed
adjusted and executed a new
game plan. Freshman goaltender
Allison Silber was noticeably
farther out from the goal than
usual in an effort to create more
pressure on the Golden Bears'
offense. Silber joined her defense
at times and succeeded in
creating crucial turnovers.
By the end of regulation play,
the score was knotted 11-11 and
the teams prepared for overtime,
which consisted of two three-
minute halves.
Overtime began on a negative

note for the Wolverines. Within
the minute, California scored
and maintained control of the
ball for the majority of the first
overtime half.
But after switching nets,
Michigan was hungry for a tying
goal. As the fight for ground balls
intensified and collisions became
a common occurrence, Korten
found Angerman for a game-
tying goal with a little less than
two minutes left.
Double overtime called for an
even bigger fight, though, as it
was now sudden death.
When Schueler's penalty shot
was disqualified by an early
whistle, the fans voiced their
outrage.
Her second chance at the
eight-meter mark wasn't
successful, bouncing off the
opposing goaltender.
But the Wolverines responded
to adversity and secured avictory.
"They're just growing every
single day and that's our goal,"
Ulehla said.

Offensive trio r
paces Wolverines
By MITCH BECKMAN
Daily Sports Writer
As the second overtime
continued in the Michigan
women's lacrosse team's
game against California, the
Wolverines ran a play that
looked familiar to everyone
who had been
watching.
Freshman "We a]
attackman We a
Tess Korten t
took the ball toge
from behind
the net, curled
around the
crease while the rest of the
offense cleared away to the other
side of the field, leaving Korten
one-on-one with her defender.
California had watched

Korten score
the same i
this timei
bringing aq
to quash Ko
goal. Fresd
Jess Anger
the slide, an
front of the
her, Angerm
Wolverines
game of the
13-12, in ove
Of the W
nine were as
11 work
ther."
freshman j
Schueler.
"We call
threat," said
Jennifer Uleh

'M' remains unbeaten in Big Ten

By JOHN KOPKO
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team entered the season's final
homestand needing to win three
out of its
last four MINNESOTA 0
matches to MICHIGAN 7
clinch its
fifth con- WISCONSIN 1
secutive MICHIGAN 6
Big Ten
title. Strong play in both singles
and doubles helped the Wolver-
ines beat Minnesota, 7-0, and
Wisconsin, 6-1, to get within one
match of that goal.
Saturday, Michigan (7-0 Big
Ten, 15-3 overall) played on the
outdoor courts for just the third
time this season, and both the
No. 1 and No. 2 doubles pairings
got off to ahot start.
At the top spot, junior Emina
Bektas and senior Brooke
Bolender broke Minnesota's
serve early to get up 3-1, and
then put it in cruise control.
Bektas and Bolender eliminated
their opponents with ease, 8-2.
Sophomore Amy Zhu and junior
Sarah Lee followed suit with
an 8-2 win of their own to give
Michigan the doubles point.
Following the intermission,
the wind began to pick up, send-
ing serves and volleys astray.
"(The wind) was definitely
going in one
direction, so
one side was
trickier," said "We we
Michigan
coach Ronni aggreSi
Bernstein. "The moving
ball kind of
stops short on We did a
the court.
"We just the
haven't been
outside enough,
so it was defi-

Wagner, Romero
NPoY candidates

TRACY cO/navly
Senior Brooke Bolender led the Michigan women's tennis team to two wins in the final home matches of her career.

By MAX BULTMAN
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan lineup wasn't
broken, but coach Carol Hutchins
still wanted to fix it.
Hutchins
had moved NOTEBOOK
sophomore
left fielder Sierra Lawrence to
the cleanup slot for games on
Wednesday and Friday to fill in
for slumping senior firstbaseman
Caitlin Blanchard. But with
Blanchard returning to form
Friday and Lawrence looking
what Hutchins described as
"uncomfortable," the sophomore
was back in her usual place for
the final two games of the series
against Michigan State.
"I like to extend the order,"
Hutchins said. "Sometimes
getting moved around gets you
going."
That was exactly the result for
both Lawrence and Blanchard.
Lawrence hit a three-run homer
over the scoreboard inleft-center
field in the third inning Sunday
and followed it up with two more
RBI and two runs in a booming
seventh inning.
The Wolverines piled up 10
runs in that inning, including a
pinch-hit grand slam by junior
right-hander Sara Driesenga,
finishing off a 14-0 win.
TURNING TWO: Driesenga
was bailed out in each of the
first three innings Saturday by
timely double plays from her
defense.
Freshman second baseman
Abby Ramirez caught a sharp
liner and relayed a throw to
Blanchard in the first inning
after Driesenga gave up a
leadoff single, starting a series
of twin killings.
Blanchard recorded one
unassisted in the second,
and freshman third baseman
Lindsay Montemarano got

Driesenga out of a bases-loaded
jam in the third, showing off
her reflexes.
Montemarano fielded a well-
hit grounder, then threw home
to junior catcher Lauren Sweet,
who pegged the batter in the
back, getting her out by way of
runner interference.
Driesenga, who hasn't
allowed a run since March 21,
was able to recover from her
early jams and settle back in
to complete an 8-0 run-rule
victory in five innings.
"(Being bailed out by the
defense) was huge for my
confidence, and huge for the
team," Driesenga said. "It keeps
the momentum going our way."
MAKING THE CUT:
Wednesday, junior left-hander
Haylie Wagner and sophomore
shortstop Sierra Romero
were named among the top 25
finalists for the USA Softball
Collegiate Player of the Year.
Romero is third in the nation
in batting average (.511), eighth
in slugging percentage (.879)
and leads the country with an
on-base percentage of .636.
Wagner gave up one run in
five innings in a 9-1 victory
Friday and closed out the
seventh inning Sunday to lower
her earned-run average to 0.95
and bump her record to 19-0
this season.
The two should be
co-favorites for the Big Ten
Player of the Year, but the
national honor may be out of
reach at this point in the season
because of the Wolverines'
weak schedule within the
conference.
Florida State's Maddie
O'Brien, who leads the nation
in home runs (16) and slugging
percentage (.959), and Lacey
Waldrop, who boasts a 0.70
ERA and 195 strikeouts, look
like the frontrunners.

later with a 6-1, 6-2 win at the
No. 4 spot.
Bektas, Michigan's anchor,
looked good early, but the wind
began to lead to frustration. After
taking the first set, 6-3, Bektas
struggled
to break her
opponent's
are super serve. The set
bounced back
sive and and forth and
forward eventually
went into
good job a tiebreak,
6-6. Bektas
ere." finally found
an answer to
the service
game of the

to help to Wolverines shut out
Minnesota, 7-0.
Sunday, Michigan moved back
indoors to take on Wisconsin (2-5
Big Ten, 7-8 overall). In honor of
Senior Day, players sported No.
8 Bolender jerseys to honor the
team's lone senior.
Both the No. 1 and No. 2
doubles teams jumped out to
a 3-0 lead, and the No. 3 team
started with a 2-0 lead. Playing
in her final home doubles match,
Bolender paired with Bektas and
won the first match, 8-2. Zhu and
Lee continued to play well and
won a few minutes later, 8-1.
"The doubles looked the best
we have in along time," Bernstein
said. "We were super aggressive
and moving forward. We did a
good job there."
The Badgers' singles lineup
was no match for Michigan
thereafter. Dodge was first off the
court with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Bektas

ended her match shortly after
with a powerful ace to win, 6-2,
6-2. Bolender and Zhu finished
next, dropping just three games
between them. At No. 3, Lee got
the final win of the day for the
Wolverines, 6-2,6-4.
Yurovsky was the only
Michigan player to drop a match,
falling 6-0, 5-7, 0-1 (7-10), despite
cruisingthrough her first set.
"Singles was pretty good,"
Bernstein said. "Ronit sort of had
a hiccup, but overall, I'm really
happy with the day."
The Wolverines need just one
more win to clinch a Big Ten
title, and are confident moving
forward.
"I think we're in good shape,"
Bernstein said. "We haven't lost
yet in the Big Ten and that's our
goal. Next weekend is going to
be tough, but we're trying to get
everyone feeling confident as we
move forward."

nitely very beneficial to get Gophers' Tereza Brichacova and
another outdoor match." won the match, 6-3, 7-6, after
Bolender earned the takingthe tiebreak, 7-4.
Wolverines the first singles Junior Kristen Dodge, Zhu
point of the day after an easyf6-1, and sophomore Ronit Yurovsky
6-0 win. Lee followed moments won the rest of the matches

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