May 5, 2012
Site: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Fetzer Field)
Score: #5 North Carolina, 19, Michigan 5
Records: U-M (1-13), UNC (11-5)
Next U-M Event: Season Completed
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team wrapped its inaugural varsity season Saturday (May 5), falling to No. 5 North Carolina, 19-5, at Fetzer Field. Michigan was tied with the Tar Heels, 2-2, at the 8:49 mark of the first quarter, but the Tar Heels went on a 7-1 run to close the half and outscored the Wolverines, 10-2, in the second half.
North Carolina got off to a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest on scores by Marcus Holman and Pat Foster, but senior Brian Greiner (Grosse Point Farms, Mich./Grosse Point South) cut the lead in half with his fourth score of the season after a faceoff violation by the Tar Heels.
Junior Zachary Dauch (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) knotted the contest at the 8:49 mark, beating North Carolina goalkeeper Steven Rastivo high-to-low with his third goal of the season. Following Dauch's tally, UNC then tallied consecutive scores to take a 4-2 advantage before fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) notched his 24th goal of the year after he beat his defender with a face dodge and cut the lead to 4-3 before heading into the intermission trailing 6-3 after the first frame of action.
After being held scoreless in the second quarter, the Wolverines entered the second half trailing 9-3. Yealy added his second goal of the night at the 11:30 mark on a curl from the right side of the cage to cut the Tar Heels lead to 11-4. However, UNC outscored the Wolverines 7-1 in the third to carry a 16-4 advantage into the final quarter of action.
Michigan's final tally came with 4:51 left in the contest as freshman Andrew Mosko (Bethesda, Md./Georgetown Prep) scored on junior Willie Steenland's (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) 13th helper of the season to bring the score to 18-5.
Freshman goaltender Emil Weiss (Cary, N.C./Apex) started the game in goal for U-M and made eight saves in the first half before giving way to sophomore Dylan Westerhold (Madison, N.J./The Pingry School), who made one save while allowing four scores in 3:54 of action to start the third period. Weiss reassumed his goalkeeping duties at the 11:06 mark of the third quarter and made a game-high 14 saves in cage.
Michigan was outshot 53-20 in the contest, scored on five of its 20 opportunities, and was 15-of-19 on clears.
N O T E S
• Sophomore Zachary Dauch scored his third goal of the season in the first quarter, giving him a two-game scoring streak.
• Faceoff specialist Brian Greiner scored four goals in the final four games of his collegiate career.
• Freshman longstick Mack Gembis tied a career high with three groundballs.
• Trevor Yealy's pair of goals marks the ninth time this season he has had a multi-goal effort.
• The Wolverines' five goals tied their lowest output of the season. U-M also scored five against Denver (Feb. 25).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On the game ... "You have to give credit to North Carolina. They are the type of program that we're aspiring to be, and in some ways it's great to finish against a team like that because we got a close-up look of what top-10 lacrosse looks like and send the guys off and show them the work we need to do for them to get there."
On the seniors playing their last game ... "Our seniors had a very challenging task this year trying to stay on their mission of building a Division I culture while knowing we didn't have a D-I team. That was challenging given how much we had to change, and also challenging because we hadn't been a D-I team. They had to learn a lot of what they were doing on the go and they didn't necessarily have a team of players that came to Michigan knowing that this was going to be their goal, so they had a really tough task this year and they did a great job establishing the foundation for what this program is going to become. We're not going to get where we want to be without great senior leadership, and we got that this year."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Trevor Yealy
On being part of Team One ... "It's been an incredible honor coming from the club level to varsity as a program and to wear the winged helmet and represent the block 'M' on the varsity level. I feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of it, and I'm thankful to all the coaches, administration, athletic department and all the people around the program for what they have done to make this program possible. It's been an unbelievable experience, and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
U-M Fifth-Year Senior Brian Greiner
On being part of Team One ... "I'm really proud to have been a part of it. It's been a great thing and was awesome to be part of the first team. I'm really proud of Coach Paul about leading us through this transition, and although our record didn't show it, it was a great year. I'm proud of this team and what the team will become because of Team One."
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