U-M Unable to Stay with No. 4 Johns Hopkins in Road Loss
Mike Francia

Feb. 23, 2013


Site: Baltimore, Md. (Homewood Field)
Score: #4 Johns Hopkins 17, Michigan 8
Records: U-M (0-3), JHU (3-0)
Attendance: 990
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March. 2 -- vs. Army - Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic (Miami, Fla.), 7 p.m.

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team got on the board first for the second straight contest, as freshman Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) netted the first score 1:15 in, but No. 4 Johns Hopkins went on an 8-0 run, holding the Wolverines scoreless for 15:24 to seal a 17-8 victory Saturday (March 23) at historic Homewood Field. U-M was outscored, 11-3, in the first half but held the deficit to 6-5 in the second stanza.

Hernandez got Michigan on the board with his first collegiate goal, ripping a crank-shot from 15 yards out on a helper from senior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to give U-M the early 1-0 advantage.

No. 4 Johns Hopkins (3-0) responded with an 8-0 run, keyed by a trio of scores from Blue Jay attackman Brandon Benn, as Hopkins had scores from five different players.

U-M ended the run with an individual effort from freshman Dan Kinek (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus/Avon Old Farms), who went coast to coast on a full-field clear, beating his man from five yards out in the final third offside high to cut the score to 8-2 1:39 into the second quarter. Kinek's first score of his U-M career ended a 15:24 goalless draught the Maize and Blue.

Freshman/sophomore David Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) gave U-M its third score of the opening half with 9:09 left in the second quarter with his first career goal, ripping a shot from 10 yards out left side and beating Hopkins goalie Pierce Bassett offside hip to bring the score to 9-3 in favor of JHU, which led 11-3 at half.

Freshman Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) netted the first U-M score of the second half to cut the Hopkins lead to 12-4, as the attackman fired a shot from 15 yards out on a feed from X sophomore Will Meter (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Bloomfield Hills), beating Bassett offside hip for his second career score.

Trailing 14-4, with a little more than a minute left in the third, Michigan cut the Hopkins lead to 14-5, as sophomore David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) capitalized on a transition goal on a helper from Joseph. Kraus then made it back-to-back scores for U-M for the first time of the day with an unassisted score 1:41 into the fourth quarter.

Following a pair of Hopkins scores to bring the score to 16-6, U-M crept within eight goals, keyed by freshman Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy), who scored his team-best fifth and sixth goals of the season, the second of the man-up variety, to bring the tally to 16-8. Brady Faby scored the final mark of the contest for Hopkins to bring contest to the final score of 17-6.

Freshman goalie Gerald Logan (Sachem, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) made 12 saves in the contest, while Meter had a team-best four ground balls. Both Kraus and Jackson led the team with five shots.

U-M will next travel to Miami, Fla., to take on the Army Black Knights in the Orange Bowl Classic on Saturday (March 2) from Sun Life Stadium. Faceoff time is slated for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised live via Sun Sports.


• Three freshmen, Mike Hernandez, Dan Kinek and David Joseph, all scored their first career goals.

• In his third career game, David Joseph had a career-best two points on the contest (1g., 1a.).

• Michigan falls to 0-6 all-time against ranked opponents.

• U-M was 0-for-16 on faces in the first half but went 4-of-13 in second half.

Kyle Jackson now has at least one score in each of his first three collegiate games. He also leads the team with seven points.


Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On playing at Homewood Field ... "It's funny. We play in the Big House. There is an incredible amount of history here, but a stadium isn't going to intimidate us. We played great teams last year like Loyola, Denver, and North Carolina. I think we have that part more or less out of us, but I still think the buildup for this game got to us a little bit, especially the younger guys and the freshmen. We usually get over that pretty quickly. We're just playing lacrosse once the game starts."

On possessions ... "Possession is everything and that is going to be a problem for us, but we're not developed enough athletically so ground balls are going to be a struggle for us for awhile because we're so young and we don't have the speed we need there. Because of that, we're going to need some tricks to try and win faceoffs, and if we go up against teams that have great faceoff units, that's going to be a problem for us. It's about experience and athleticism. We'll get more athletic and even will the guys who are great athletes that have only been in a Division I weight room for one to two years. In the long run, these are all things that I'm kind of not worried about. In the short term, we have to worry about it because we can't win a lacrosse game winning only four faceoffs."

On possessions ... "Our offense played our best game of the year today. They started to put it together and played with a lot of confidence against a very good, intimidating defense. They got some good possessions, executed what we wanted to execute, and they got some good shots off."

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