Michigan Set for Road Tilts at Detroit and Bellarmine

Feb. 14, 2017

What You Need to Know
» Michigan enters its first two-game week of the season with a 2-0 record, matching the best start to a season in program history (2015), and is receiving votes in the Maverik/Inside Lacrosse poll for the first time in school history.
» The Wolverines have outscored teams 30-14 through two contests this year. Brent Noseworthy (7), Ian King (5) and Mikie Schlosser (5) lead the team in goals.
» Senior Ian King enters the week eight points shy of the U-M career record for points and 15 goals shy of breaking the school record for goals in a career. Both records are held by former U-M standout Kyle Jackson (2013-16).

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THIS WEEK
Wednesday, Feb. 15 -- at Detroit (Pontiac, Mich. - Ultimate Soccer Arena), 7 p.m. | Tickets
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Saturday, Feb. 18 -- at Bellarmine (Louisville, Ky.), 6 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team, receiving votes in the latest Maverik/Inside Lacrosse Poll, will hit the road for a two-game week beginning Wednesday (Feb. 15) as U-M takes on in-state foe Detroit at 7 p.m. at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Michigan, followed by a 6 p.m. contest at Bellarmine on Saturday (Feb. 18) in Louisville, Kentucky.

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WOLVERINE BITES
• Against Lafayette, senior Ian King set a team record by notching five goals in the first half, while junior Patrick Tracy and sophomore Rocco Sutherland scored hat tricks, marking the first time that three Wolverines scored at least three goals in a contest.

• Both senior Ian King and sophomore Brent Noseworthy lead the team in points with nine. The 4.5 points per game ranks No. 5 in the Big Ten and No. 26 nationally. Additionally, senior Mikie Schlosser leads the Big Ten and ranks No. 6 in the NCAA in shooting percentage with five goals on seven shots (71 percent).

• Junior/sophomore Tommy Heidt has earned the starting nod in goal so far this season and has excelled with a save percentage of 69 percent, ranking him No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 5 in the NCAA in the category. He also sports a goals-against average of 6.13, which is No. 2 in the conference and No. 8 in the NCAA.

• Junior Michael McDonnell has been the primary faceoff option for the Wolverines and has excelled in his first season as the starter at the position. McDonnell is winning 67 percent of his draws (28-of-42), which is good for second in the Big Ten and No. 11 nationally. He is also second on the team with eight ground balls.

• The close defense has played a key factor in the U-M success thus far and features a pair of first-year starters in junior Eric Smith and graduate student Dickson Smith. The eldest of the Smith brothers, Dickson, has collected a pair of ground balls and caused four turnovers, while younger brother Eric has three ground balls and a caused turnover.

• With his five goals in the victory over Lafayette, senior Ian King now boasts 73 goals and 33 assists (106 points) after becoming the second player in U-M history to eclipse the 100-point mark in a career against Cleveland State. He is also 15 goals away from breaking Kyle Jackson's career goal record and eight points from breaking Jackson's point record of 113.

• Through the first two contests of the season, 12 U-M freshmen have made their collegiate debuts. The class has been led by midfielder Avery Myers (1g, 1a, 2pts.), as well as long stick midfielder JM Priddy (3gb, 1ct). Attackman Hank Adams registered a goal and two assists against Lafayette.

OPPONENT PREVIEWS

Detroit: The Titans opened their 2017 season on Saturday (Feb. 11) with a 14-8 defeat at No. 17 Ohio State. Offensively, four players -- Matt Vangalen, Sean Birney, Kyle Beauregard and Alec Gilhooly -- registered a pair of goals vs. the Buckeyes. Faceoff man Ben Gjokaj went 15-of-23 at the dot with 13 ground balls. The Titans were picked to finish last in the MAAC IL Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll but feature a game changer in goalkeeper Jason Weber, who was named an honorable mention All-American by IL a year ago.

The Titans feature 24 players from the state of Michigan. Additionally, assistant coach Jeff Turner served as a student assistant coach for the Wolverines during his time at U-M.

Michigan owns a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series, with the lone loss coming in U-M's first NCAA lacrosse contest in the 2012 season. The Wolverines captured back-to-back victories in the 2014 season (14-13) and the 2015 season (15-6). Last seasons installment was called off due to poor weather.

Bellarmine: The Knights began their 2017 season with a 10-8 setback against Robert Morris on Saturday (Feb. 11) in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. All-SoCon honoree Tucker Cisseau led the Knights with four goals on 14 shots from his attack position, while linemate Ryan Coukoulis had two goals. The Knights used three goalies in the matchup with Jordan Dondoyano getting the bulk of time, as he allowed eight goals and made 12 saves.

The Knights were picked fourth in the IL Face-off Yearbook SoCon preseason poll, while defender Kevin Fahey and Cisseau were named to the preseason all-conference team.

The Wolverines are even at 2-2 in the all-time series with the Knights, with the defeats coming in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The 2014 season featured an 11-10 overtime victory in Louisville, and the last meeting was highlighted with a 16-9 win over the Knights in the first contest of the 2015 season in Oosterbaan Field House.

Keep Up With the Wolverines -- Stay current with everything going on with the Wolverines by following Michigan men's lacrosse on Twitter and Instagram (@umichlacrosse), on Snapchat (@umichathletics) and "liking" the Wolverines on Facebook! Inside access can also be seen via the U-M Lacrosse managers Twitter handle (@UofMLaxManagers) and the team's YouTube page by searching 'MGoBlueLacrosse'.

NEXT WEEK
Sunday, Feb. 26 -- at No. 4 Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.), 2 p.m.

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