Wolverines' Inaugural Home Opener Spoiled by Greyhounds
Willie Steenland

March 7, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Oosterbaan Field House)
Score: #9 Loyola (Md.) 15, Michigan 8
Records: U-M (1-6), Loyola (4-0)
Attendance: 473
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 17 -- vs Bellarmine (Michigan Stadium), 3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team fell to No. 9 Loyola (Md.), 15-8, in its home opener Wednesday night (March 7) at Oosterbaan Field House. Michigan scored first but was overwhelmed by the Greyhounds' eight-goal run in the first half. Though Michigan went nearly goal for goal with Loyola in the second half of play, the Wolverines could not make up the scoring gap created in the first 30 minutes.

Loyola's Mike Sawyer posted five goals and two assists to lead the Greyhounds, while junior midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School), junior attacker Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and senior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich/Seaholm) all tallied two goals for the Maize and Blue. Loyola was dominant with the man advantage, capitalizing on all four opportunities, and the Greyhounds.outshot the Wolverines, 42-20.

Steenland scored on Michigan's opening possession of the game at 13:18, but Loyola responded by scoring on five of its seven shots in the first quarter for a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes.

LU expanded its goal streak to eight unanswered tallies before Michigan broke free of its scoring rut and put one on the boards with five minutes left in the second. Vasileff capitalized on a mid-high alley shot, marking his ninth goal of the season.

Loyola scored twice in the third quarter before the Wolverines retaliated. Michigan's Paras dodged a Loyola defender from the right alley to get within five yards of the goal and buried the shot, bringing the score to 10-3 in favor of the Greyhounds.

Fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) followed suit with a low shot after he dodged from the left wing to the center, bringing the score to 10-4. Paras threaded a pass from the right goal line extended for an 11-5 score entering the final quarter of play.

The Wolverines came within five less than a minute into the fourth quarter when Steenland buried his second goal of the night from the right alley after a pass from freshman attackman Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice). Junior attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) and Vasileff also posted goals in the fourth.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday, March 17, against Bellarmine. Game time is 3 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.


Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On tonight's game ... "I'm really proud of the guys as in every game we've played this year we played 60 minutes. We lost by one in the second half against the No. 9 team in the country. It continues to show that one, we're going to play hard until the final whistle and two, we have to play nearly perfect when we play teams like this, but when we put some things together we can. For us it's being able to sustain that for an entire game."

On cleaning up turnovers ... "Guys are in here once a week six in the morning working on their sticks. We're working on it in practice every day. In some sense we are what we are and we have to overcome that. Certainly we have to get better. We have to overcome some of our mistakes we make, and we're going to make mistakes."

On separating culture from results ... "Obviously we game plan to win every game. We prepare to win every game. We put a lot of effort into that. Preparing to win is a big part of being an elite culture. We would love to be coming out on the top end of all of these. But ultimately I'd be putting a gun to my head if that was how I was going to judge this year. I just can't."

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