March 14, 2013
Site: Fairfield, Conn. (Alumni Field)
Score: Fairfield 10, Michigan 8
Records: U-M (0-7, 0-3 ECAC), Fairfield (4-3, 1-0 ECAC)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 17 -- vs. Colgate - Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic at Citi Field (Flushing, N.Y.), 3 p.m.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team dropped an ECAC matchup at Fairfield, 10-8, on Thursday (March 14) at Alumni Field. Senior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) knotted the contest at 7-7 with 4:55 left in the third quarter, but the Wolverines were outscored 3-1 the rest of the way.
Trailing 1-0 after a Fairfield goal 1:45 into the matchup, U-M knotted the contest at 1-1 when sophomore/freshman David Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) found sophomore David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) on a crease feed.
The Stags then went on a 3-0 run, holding U-M scoreless until the 1:56 mark of the first when sophomore Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and freshman Charlie Keady (Darien, Conn./Fairfield Prep) connected on a long pass to end the Fairfield run and cut the score in half.
Freshman Brad Lott (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) then won the ensuing faceoff and dished a pas to McCormack, who finished in transition to bring the score to 4-3 with 1:49 left in the first quarter of action.
After a Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) man-up goal, the Wolverines held the Stags scoreless for more than eight minutes until Fairfield regained the lead with 5:03 left in the half. The Wolverines then conceded three penalties before the end of the half, killing off two, but allowed a score with 1:29 left in the first half to head into the intermission down 6-4.
Kraus struck again 48 seconds into the half, this time of the unassisted variety to bring the score to 6-5. After the two sides traded goals to bring the score to 7-6, the Maize and Blue tied the game up at the 4:55 mark of the third, as Paras ripped a crank shot that beat Fairfield goalie Jack Murphy.
After a 2-0 Fairfield mini run to bring the tally to 9-7, Joseph's first goal of the night and second point resulted in a 9-8 score line. However, the ensuing face resulted in a transition score by the Stags with 11:49 left. U-M did not convert on its one man-up opportunity the rest of the game.
Freshman Gerald Logan (Wading River, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School) stopped 17 shots. Keyed by Lott, U-M was 13-of-20 on faceoffs and 12-of-15 on clears, and he kept the ground balls close at 36-30. Fairfield outshot the Wolverines, 40-31.
U-M finishes off its seven-game road trip on Sunday (March 17) in Flushing, N.Y., to take on the Colgate Raiders in the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The matchup is slated for a 3 p.m. start and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.