Strong Second Half Not Enough in U-M Loss at Harvard
David McCormack

March 31, 2012

Boxscore | Notes | Highlights (YouTube via Harvard)

Site: Cambridge, Mass. (Harvard Stadium)
Score: Harvard 11, Michigan 7
Records: U-M (1-9), Harvard (5-4)
Attendance: 1,141
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 7 -- vs. Delaware (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team outscored the Harvard Crimson, 5-4, in the second half but was unable to overcome a 7-2 halftime deficit, falling, 11-7, on Saturday (March 31) at Harvard Stadium. Freshman Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) assisted on three Michigan scores, while a trio of Wolverines had two scores apiece to account for six of the seven Wolverine tallies.

"This game was reverse of a lot of the games that we played this year, as it was another one of those games where we knew if we cleaned up a few things and we did a couple things better -- like making the right reads, not turning the ball over and clearing the ball better -- we really could be in the game," said head coach John Paul. "We made a few adjustments at the half and we started playing better lacrosse. That was a carryover from the second quarter as we played really well in that quarter as well."

The Wolverines got on the board first at the 11:31 mark of the opening quarter, as Meter fed classmate David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) from the ride side goal line extended, where McCormack beat Harvard goalie Christian Coates stickside low to give the Wolverines the early advantage.

Harvard knotted the game up at 1-1 at the 5:17 mark of the opening quarter, as the leading Ivy League goal scorer Jeff Cohen found the back of the net. The tally began a 5-0 Crimson scoring run, keyed by a pair of Cohen tallies to hold a 5-1 advantage heading into the first intermission.

Harvard carried the run into the second stanza, as Cohen added his third score of the contest at the 13:42 mark of the quarter to give the Crimson a 6-1 advantage. Michigan answered back 3:28 later to snap a more than 15-minute scoring drought, as Meter found senior Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), who beat Harvard's Jake Gambitsky to trim the advantage to 6-2.

Another tally from Cohen made it 7-3 Harvard heading into the half, but the Wolverines opened up the half on a scoring streak, as junior Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) marked an unassisted tally on a crankshot from 20 yards out top-center to cut the lead to 7-2. Two minutes later, senior Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) fed junior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St, Ignatius) on the right wing as he converted top-shelf to cut the U-M deficit to 7-4 with 11:09 to play in the third period.

Cohen then ripped off three straight scores in less than three minutes to bring the Harvard lead to 10-4, with the first coming on a man-down opportunity. U-M answered right back with a two-goal run to close the third quarter, McCormack netted his second score of the day, putting a stop to the run on a feed from junior Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./Blake School). With 3:16 left in the third quarter, Meter found Yealy for the second time on the contest to cut the deficit to four heading into the final quarter of action.

Paras cut the deficit to 11-7 with the final score of the contest with 6:19 left in the game with his second score of the day, as he beat Gambitysky high-to-high.

Michigan had 30 ground balls to Harvard's 25, highlighted by junior J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola), who had eight, and was successful on 15 of 19 clears. Freshman goalie Emil Weiss (Cary, N.C./Apex) had 13 saves in goal, two shy of his career high, while fifth-year senior Brian Greiner (Grosse Point Farms. Mich./Grosse Point South) was 12-of-22 on faceoff attempts, including a 6-of-8 third-quarter effort.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday (April 7) and play host to the Delaware Blue Hens. Game time is 1 p.m. at Michigan Stadium.

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