April 27, 2013
Site: Denver, Colo. (Peter Barton Stadium)
Score: #5 Denver 12, Michigan 4
Records: U-M (1-13, 0-7 ECAC), Denver (11-3, 6-1 ECAC)
Next U-M Event: Season Completed
DENVER, Colo. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team wrapped up its 2013 season with a 12-4 defeat at the hands of the No. 5 Denver Pioneers Saturday (April 27) in front of a sellout crowd at Denver's Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. Sophomore Mike Francia (Wilton, Conn./Villanova) led U-M with a goal and two assists, while freshman goalie Gerald Logan (Wading River, N.Y./Hotchkiss School) saved 17 Pioneer shots, including eight in the second quarter.
Trailing 1-0 with six minutes left in the first quarter, the Wolverines (1-13, 0-7 ECAC) tied the contest as freshman David Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) fired a bounce shot from top center for his sixth score of the year. U-M took its first and only lead of the game at the 2:08 mark, as Francia took a crease feed from classmate David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) from X for the 2-1 advantage.
After the Pioneers (11-3. 6-1 ECAC) tied the score at 2-2 with one second left in the opening quarter, a major turning point occurred, as a two-minute non-releasable penalty crosscheck was called on the Wolverines, resulting in Denver rattling off a trio of man-up scores from the 9:20 mark to 8:26 of the second quarter to take a 5-2 lead. The Pioneers tacked on one more goal prior to the half with six seconds left, as Cam Flint stretched the DU lead to 6-2.
Logan kept U-M in the contest during the first half of action, as he had a career-best 14 first-half saves. U-M forced eight Denver turnovers while playing a zone-oriented scheme for the first time this season.
After being held scoreless the duration of the second quarter, the Wolverines broke the scoreless drought on McCormack's unassisted goal at the 13:44 mark of the third to cut the lead to 6-3.
Denver went on its second extended run of the contest in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 9-3 before senior Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School), in his final U-M game, netted his first score of the season to cut the Denver advantage to 9-4 with 12:05 remaining. The Pioneers then went on another 3-0 run to close the contest.
Logan compiled a trio of second-half saves to give him 17 on the day. It marked the second straight contest in which he stopped eight shots in one quarter, as he had eight saves against St. Joseph's. Sophomore Mack Gembis (Birmingham, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) had a team-best four ground balls. Logan led the team in caused turnovers with a pair.
The outcome concludes the Wolverines' 2013 season. U-M bids farewell to departing seniors Austin Swaney (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids), Zachary Dauch (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser), Rob Healy (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep), Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana), Steenland and Sean Sutton (Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich).
Team awards will be announced at the team's year-end banquet, to be held Wednesday (May 1).
N O T E S
Gerald Logan stopped 17 shots against the Pioneers, giving him double-digit saves in 13 of 14 contests this season. He stopped at least 15 shots in nine games this year. Logan ends the year with 211 saves and a save percentage of .563.
With the goal, Willie Steenland became the 15th Wolverine to score at least one tally this season.
The four ground balls for Mack Gembis and three points for Mike Francia are both career highs.
Two freshmen ended the season as the top point-getters for U-M. Kyle Jackson had team highs of 26 points and 17 goals and tied Mike Hernandez for the assists lead with nine. Hernandez ranked second on the squad with 21 points (12g, 9a).
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423