March 8, 2014
Site: Paladin Stadium (Greenville, S.C.)
Score: Michigan 11, Furman 9
Records: U-M (3-4), Furman (0-6)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 15 -- at Bellarmine (Louisville, Ky.), 1 p.m.
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team had three goals apiece from freshman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and senior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to go along with 10 saves from freshman Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) as the Wolverines defeated Furman, 11-9, on Saturday (March 8) at Furman's Paladin Stadium.
U-M fell behind early, trailing 2-0 just 3:02 into the first quarter. The Wolverines then went on a 3-0 run to end the frame, keyed by goals from King at 8:03, the first career goal for junior Mack Gembis (Birmingham, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) at 7:45, and a hands-free rip from Paras in the left wing at 4:48.
The two sides traded goals in the second before sophomore Dan Kinek (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) beat Furman's Jake Gavin to give U-M a 5-4 lead with 11:06 to go in the second. The teams exchanged goals again to bring the score to 6-6 at the half.
U-M scored the first three goals of the second half, beginning with King on a feed from junior David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont), followed by the second score of the day from sophomore Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) at 10:30. King added his third of the day at at 5:56 to give the Maize & Blue a 9-6 lead.
A Zach Coker score brought Furman within two, 9-7, with 2:05 left in the third.
After U-M successfully killed off a man-down to start the fourth, Paras notched his third of the day at 13:13 with a righty bounce-shot to stretch the lead to 10-7.
Sophomore Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) gave U-M its biggest lead of the game with 6:47 left, as he took a feed from Paras for an inside finish to stretch the advantage to 11-7.
Following the Kraus score, Furman rattled off two goals to pull within two before time expired.
Zonino made 10 saves in cage, while sophomore Chris Walker (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
U-M opens ECAC play on Saturday (March 15) in Louisville, Ky., taking on the Bellarmine Knights at 1 p.m.
N O T E S
The two points for Dan Kinek (1g., 1a.) equals a season high.
Ian King has now scored eight goals in his last three games. He leads the team with 16 goals on the season.
Thomas Paras's four points were the most he's scored since five-point outburst against St. Joe's on April 20, 2013.
In his last games, Chris Walker has 10 ground balls and three caused turnovers.
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