April 26, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Score: Michigan 19, Robert Morris 10
Records: U-M (5-10), RM (5-9)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, May 1 -- at ECAC Tournament Semifinals (Columbus, Ohio), 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team earned its fifth win of the season on Saturday (April 26), defeating Robert Morris, 19-10, on Senior Day at Michigan Stadium.
After Robert Morris cut Michigan's lead to 5-4 early in the second quarter, the Wolverines rattled off seven straight goals to pull away. Sophomore Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy) set a Michigan program record with five goals, including four in the first half. Freshman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and fifth-year senior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) scored three goals apiece, marking the first time that Michigan has recorded three hat tricks in a game.
Michigan started fast, scoring the first four goals of the game. Jackson opened the scoring at the 12:57 mark, his 20th goal of the season. After junior Mike Francia (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) netted a goal to put the Wolverines ahead 2-0, Jackson added two more goals to his total, becoming the first player in program history to record a hat trick in a single quarter.
Robert Morris scored the next two goals and four of the next five to cut into the Michigan lead. King got the Maize and Blue on the board again with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter, with his wrap around goal from the wing giving Michigan a 5-2 lead. However, Robert Morris scored with less than three seconds remaining in the first and early in the second to get back in the game.
After RMU got within 5-4, the Maize and Blue ripped off seven straight goals in the second quarter to take control. Freshman Mikie Schlosser (Davis, Calif./Davis) scored two goals on this run, including a snipe from the outside after a caused turnover at midfield. King registered an unassisted goal, while Jackson added his fourth of the game.
The Maize and Blue continued the barrage of shots in the second half, scoring seven more goals. Paras scored two of his three goals in the second half. Jackson set a school record with his fifth goal, which increased Michigan's lead to 14-6. King also added another goal to increase his single-season school-record to 30 goals. Freshman Andrew Roswell (Baltimore, Md./Boys Latin) scored his first career goal halfway through the fourth quarter, while senior Tom Sardelli (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) tallied his first goal of the season on Senior Day.
U-M set a program record with 64 shots. Of those 64 shots, Michigan registered 33 on goal. Sophomore faceoff specialist Brad Lott (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) won 13-of-21 faceoffs. As a team, Michigan won 20-of-32 faceoffs. Freshman Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) made seven saves in net for the Wolverines.
U-M now turns its attention to postseason action for the first time in program history, as the Wolverines will take part in the ECAC Tournament May 1-3 in Columbus, Ohio, as the No. 4 seed. U-M will take on the No. 1 seed from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
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