Michigan Suffers Narrow Defeat at High Point
Robbie Zonino

March 5, 2014

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Site: Vert Stadium (High Point, N.C.)
Score: High Point 9, Michigan 7
Records: U-M (2-4), High Point (4-2)
Attendance: 351
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 8 -- at Furman (Greenville, S.C.), Noon

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Freshman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) had three scores on 11 shots, but the University of Michigan lacrosse team was defeated, 9-7, at High Point in a match that featured four lead changes Wednesday (March 5) at High Point';s Vert Stadium.

The Panthers dominated possession on offense in the opening quarter, outshooting U-M, 17-2, and led 3-1 after one quarter of action. Michigan's opening goal came when senior Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) fed King from X for a bounce-shot goal at 1:23.

In the second, King continued his extra-man goal streak with his sixth EMO goal of the season coming on a low-to-high rip from the right wing to bring the Wolverines within one goal at 9:54.

Junior Andrew Portnoy (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) knotted the score up for the first time on the night with 1:20 left in the first half. The attackman beat his defender on a lefty roll dodge and found the back of the net off the left post to even the tally at 3-3.

In the first half of action, U-M goalie Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) had a career-high nine saves on 27 Panther shots. U-M countered with 15 shots in the opening half, with six coming from King.

The Wolverines opened the third with consecutive scores -- from Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy) on an extra-man marker at 9:03, while Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) gave the Maize and Blue a 5-3 lead at 8:01 on a right-handed crank shot that beat High Point goalie Austin Geissler offside hip.

An extra-man score to end the third began a 3-0 High Point run that brought the score to 6-5 HPU, a scoreline that stood until sophomore Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and King each scored less than 34 ticks apart to give U-M a 7-6 lead with 7:03 left to play.

Panther attackman Dan Lomas then went on a personal 2-0 scoring run, collecting goals at 5:23 and 2:35 of the fourth to give High Point an 8-7 lead with a little more than two minutes remaining. Finally, HPU netted an insurance goal with 1:06 left.

HPU's Dan Lomas led all players with five goals on the night to go along with 11 shots, while Matt Thistle had a trio of assists; Austin Geisler had 17 saves. For U-M, sophomore Chris Walker (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) had five groundballs, while freshman Andrew Hatton (Westport, Conn./Fairfield Prep) had three groundballs and caused two turnovers. Zonino finished with 13 saves on the game, tying a career high.

The Wolverines continue their Spring Break trip Saturday (March 8) in Greenville, S.C., taking on the Furman Paladins. Faceoff is slated for noon from Paladin Stadium.


• Portnoy's goal at the 1:20 mark of the second was his first goal since the win over Detroit, against which he scored twice.

• The hat trick for King marks his fifth multi-goal game in the first six games of his college career. He leads the team in goals with 13.

• The 13 saves for Zonino equals his career high, a mark he previously reached against Mercer on Feb. 14 of this season.

• The multi-point game for Paras is his third of the season.

• Lomas has now scored 11 goals in two games against the Wolverines in his career.