Feb. 12, 2012
Site: Pontiac, Mich. (Ultimate Soccer Arenas)
Score: Detroit 13, Michigan 9
Records: Michigan (0-1), UDM (1-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 18 -- at Penn State (State College, Pa.), 1 p.m.
PONTIAC, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team played its inaugural varsity contest on Sunday (Feb. 12), losing 13-9 to the Detroit Titans at Ultimate Soccer Arenas. The Wolverines held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 and were tied with UDM at halftime, 5-5. Knotted at 6-6 midway through the third quarter, Detroit scored six of the next seven goals to pull away for the victory.
Sophomore midfielder Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) scored the first two goals in U-M history, while fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and junior attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) had two goals as well. Sophomore goalie Dylan Westerhold (Madison, N.J./Pingry School) made six saves, five of which came in the first half.
Detroit's Shayne Adams and Alex Maini scored four goals and three goals, respectively, to lead the Titans. Goalie A.J. Levell made nine saves, including seven in the final 30 minutes.
Goals came in pairs to start the game. Bryant tallied at 9:59 and 6:35 to stake the Wolverines to an early 2-0. UDM's Joel Matthews scored consecutively to even the score at 2-2. Yealy then put U-M up 4-2 early in the second frame with back-to-back tallies.
Detroit converted an extra-man opportunity to spark a three-goal run in the second quarter that put it in front 5-4. Michigan stymied the goal spree by scoring with 3:46 to play in the half to make it 5-5.
Tied 6-6 in the third quarter, the Titans' decisive run started with two goals by Maini at 7:41 and 6:12. Paras cut the lead to 8-7, but Detroit notched four straight goals over the next six-plus minutes to make it 12-7.
The teams traded goals over the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter to reach the final score.
Up next, the Wolverines head to Penn State on Saturday (Feb. 18) for a 1 p.m. start time.
N O T E S
Doug Bryant scored the first goal in Michigan varsity history at 9:59 of the first quarter to give U-M a 1-0 lead. The midfielder also scored U-M's second goal at 6:35.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On the game ... "I'm happy we're here, but I'm not happy with the outcome since we could have been a lot better. We didn't come out intimidated and I was proud of the guys. We thought this was a winnable game, and it was a winnable game, and we approached it that way. Every time that they scored we came right back at them, so effort wise I'm real pleased."
On the team's depth issues ... "We held up pretty well physically, and we're a little thin right now so we couldn't do as much as we're going to in the future. We just need to clean up the mental mistakes because we're at a point now where every single mental mistake we make counts now, and we're going to have to play smarter."
On the Michigan-Detroit Rivalry ... "Our rivalry game is in April, but this is special for the state of Michigan to have both of these teams here. This game is over now, and we're thinking about Penn State."
What you'll remember about today ... "The disappointment to be honest. This is a game we thought we could win and we thought that we had a good game plan for it. Going into the half we felt pretty comfortable about where we were until we had that rough third quarter. We're not here just to be here, we're here to become a great lacrosse program, and we thought we took a pretty big step today."
U-M Fifth-year Senior Attackman Trevor Yealy
On the team getting two early goals ... "It was a big confidence builder for us. It showed us that we belonged right away and that we could play with these guys, but we couldn't sustain that and came out flat in the second half. "
On being prepared for this game ... "We were prepared for this game. The coaches have done a great job getting us ready for this from a conditioning standpoint, but mentally we kind of fell apart towards the end of the game and that was the difference for us making little mistakes. I wouldn't say they were running all over all over us conditioning wise, but we just need to get better mentally."
U-M Sophomore Attackman Doug Bryant
On scoring the first goal in U-M history ... "We knew they liked to press out, and our offense recognized that's what they were doing quickly and got into a good possession. I got a good move on cage and got a solid shot off."
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423