Feb. 16, 2013
Site: Louisville, Ky. (Owsley B. Frazier Stadium)
Score: Bellarmine 12, Michigan 6
Records: U-M (0-2, 0-1 ECAC), Bellarmine (2-0, 1-0 ECAC)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 23 -- at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.), 1 p.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team got on the board first with a goal from sophomore Andrew Portnoy (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) 49 seconds into the contest and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but gave up a 6-0 run from the 9:58 mark of the first quarter to the 1:50 mark of the second quarter and never recovered, falling to the Bellarmine Knights, 12-6, on Saturday (Feb. 16) at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
Michigan got on the board first, as Portnoy scored the first goal of his career at the 14:11 mark of the first quarter on a roll from X.
Senior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) then ripped off a pair of scores to give U-M a 3-0 lead with a little less than 10 minutes remaining in the opening period, marking the third time Michigan has ever jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
Bellarmine then went on to string together a 6-0 run to take a 6-3 lead, holding Michigan scoreless in the second quarter. Freshman Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) ended the drought with his first career score, at the 1:50 mark of the second quarter to bring the Wolverines within two scores at 6-4 before the half.
The two sides traded goals to begin the second stanza, as freshman Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy) scored on a bounce shot from 10 yards out at the 11:12 mark on a helper from classmate Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) to bring the score to 6-5. However, Bellarmine answered back a minute later to lead 7-5 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Knights then had their second extended run of the day in the fourth quarter, beginning with a man-down score nearly five minutes into the third, eventually leading to a 11-5 lead with 10:48 remaining.
Jackson added his second of the game at the 9:37 mark to cut the score to 11-6, BU scored the final marker of the contest with 1:13 left, bringing the game to the final score of 12-6.
Cameron Gardner had five scores for the Knights, while Dillon Ward had 18 saves.
Freshman Brad Lott (Louisille, Ky./Trinity) was 8-of-18 on faceoffs in his collegiate debut, while sophomore Will Meter (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Bloomfield Hills) and fifth-year senior longstick Austin Swaney (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) had four ground balls. Jackson and Paras led the team in shots with five apiece, while freshman goalie Gerald Logan (Sachem, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) made 17 saves.
The Wolverines will travel to historic Homewood Field on Saturday (Feb. 23) to take on the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, currently ranked fourth nationally. The matchup, slated to begin at 1 p.m., will be broadcast live via the ESPN3 platform.
N O T E S
Three freshmen -- Mike Hernandez, Brad Lott and Peter Kraus -- made their Maize and Blue debuts. Sophomore transfer Kevin Wylie also made his first appearance.
Kyle Jackson begins his Michigan career with a pair of scores in consecutive games.
Will Meter's streak of seven straight games with an assist was snapped. The streak dated back to the Mount St. Mary's game on March 24 of last season.
Both Kraus and Andrew Portnoy scored their first career goals, while the start for Portnoy was the first of his career.
Michigan opened up the game with a 3-0 run, marking the third time in program history the feat has been accomplished (Mercer, March 4, 2012; Bellarmine, March 17, 2012).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On transition goals ... "We gave up a lot of goals today because of transition. A lot of the reasons are because of mental mistakes, or guys coming off the field when they weren't supposed to. Easy fixes if we have our mind right. I think we have to go back this week and do a better job coaching these guys so they really understand the things that we highlight as keys to the game are actually keys to the game."
On Peter Kraus and Andrew Portnoy ... "It was nice to get Portnoy in there at the beginning. He has a pretty interesting style and is hard to deal with in practice even. Sometimes we don't know where he is going, but neither does the other team. Having him in there really jump-started us because everyone loves him so much and he brings so much energy into what we do. You're going to see a lot from Kraus this season. He wasn't available to us last week, but now that he is you'll see him a lot and he will be in our rotation."
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