Feb. 18, 2014
Previously Against the Titans
Michigan enters the all-time series with a record of 0-1. The Wolverines fell to Detroit by a 13-9 count in the first game in varsity program history on Feb. 12, 2012 at Ultimate Soccer Arena. Last year, the two sides squared off on April 18, 2013 in a contest that was cancelled due to severe weather in what was slated to be the first night lacrosse game in Michigan Stadium history. The game was called at the 6:42 mark of the second quarter, and Detroit had a 4-3 lead at the point of cancellation.
The Titans enter Wednesday's contest with a 1-0 overall record after defeating Mercer 11-10 on Sunday (Feb. 16) in the team's season-opener. The Titans led 8-5 in the third, but Mercer was able to score four in a row to jump out in front, 9-8, with 11:48 left in the game. Scott Drummond then tied things up with just under 10 minutes left, and Shayne Adams scored a pair during the run for an 11-9 lead with 2:33 remaining. Drummond had a career high five points, while Adams scored a trio of goals in his first game since early in the 2013 season (injury).
Connor Flynn went the distance in net, making 16 saves to go along with 10 goals against.
Previously Against the Blue Jays
Michigan is 0-1 against Johns Hopkins, falling to the then-No. 4 Blue Jays 17-8 the lone contest in the series on Feb. 23, 2013 at Homewood Field. The Wolverines jumped out to an early 1-0, but JHU went on an 8-1 run and never looked back. Michigan fought hard in the second-half, playing to a 6-5 score in the final two quarters.
Seven players for Hopkins had at least two goals, led by Brandon Benn, who notched a trio of tallies. Zach Palmer had three assists. Kyle Jackson and Peter Kraus had a pair of scores each for the Wolverines, while Gerald Logan made 12 stops in net.
Scouting Johns Hopkins
The No. 8 Blue Jays enter the contest with a 2-0 record, having defeated Ohio State in triple overtime by a 10-9 count on Feb. 9, and downed Towson 15-8 on Feb. 15. Both contests played have been at Homewood Field. JHU has outscored opponents 25-17, and outshot opponents 54-38 in their two contests this season
Wells Stanwick leads the squad in points with 12, and boasts 10 assists as well as a pair of scores. Two players, Ryan Brown and Benn pace the squad with six scores apiece. Face-off specialist Drew Kennedy has been a force at the dot this season, winning over 75 percent of his face-offs and has collected 23 ground balls.
Eric Schneider has played all but one minute in goal, and has a pristine 7.50 goals-against average and has stopped 21 shots. He possesses a save percentage of 57 percent.
Offensive Outburst Downs Mercer, 20-7
Seven Wolverines scored multiple goals, led by a career-high three goals from junior Andrew Portnoy in a 20-7 win over Mercer on Friday (Feb. 14). Portnoy set a program record for the fastest goal to start a quarter with his scoring strike six seconds into the second quarter. He later added two goals in the second half.
Michigan outscored Mercer, 5-1, in the third quarter behind goals from five different players. Sophomore Mike Hernandez scored at 12:32, and Portnoy added his second goal of the game after a Mercer goal. Junior Mike Francia, freshman Mikie Schlosser and Kinek each connected on their second goals of the game to put the Wolverines up 18-6.
Freshman goalie Robbie Zonino tied his career high with five saves in the first half. He played all 60 minutes and finished with 13 stops.
Michigan outshot Mercer, 42-33, and won the ground-ball battle, 38-30. In his second collegiate game, freshman Will Biagi notched his first career assist while scooping up a team-high six ground balls.
Records Fall in Win Over Bears
Several program records fell in the win over Mercer, highlighted by goals scored (20), topping the previous high of 14 that were also scored against Mercer during the 2012 season. Additionally, the Wolverines had 30 points (20 goals, 10 assists), another program first. The 13 goals in the first half were also the most in a single half in program history. The assist for JD Johnson against the Bears also marked the first point of a long pole since Charlie Keady assisted on a goal against Farfield on March 14 of last season.
King enters the week with the team lead in goals with four (three man-up), points with 5, and shots (11). Portnoy is tied with Francia for second on the team in points (four), while Will Biagi, Chase Brown and Robbie Zonino have seven ground balls and share the team lead. Through two games, U-M is clearing at 84 percent, and has turned the ball over only 22 times through two games. Michigan has outshot opponents on the season by a 77-76 margin.
U-M Falls to No. 8 Penn State 22-7 in Season Opener
The Wolverines opened the 2014 season with a 22-7 setback against future Big Ten opponent Saturday (Feb. 8) in State College. Three of Michigan's seven goals were on extra-man opportunities, while sophomore Riley Kennedy had a career-high three assists in the defeat.
Freshman Ian King capitalized on a pair of Kennedy assists with two goals on nine shots, while five others; David McCormack, Thomas Paras, Mike Hernandez, David Joseph and Mikie Schlosser had a score apiece.
In goal, freshman Robbie Zonino had five saves in nearly 35 minutes of action and allowed 15 goals. Sophomore Mike D'Alessio relieved the freshman with 25 minutes to go, making one stop along with seven goals against.
Nine players made their debuts for the Wolverines against Penn State in Josh Stauffer & Mike D'Alessio (sophomores) as well as freshmen Mikie Schlosser, Ian King, Peter Khoury, Will Biagi, Stefan Bergman and Christian Wolter, as well as goalie Robbie Zonino. Against Mercer, Andrew Roswell, Charlie McPeters, Cooper Charlton and Brendan Gaughan made their debuts, upping the total of initial appearances to 14 thus far this season.
Two-Year Starters Return
The Wolverines return three players who have been mainstays in the first two seasons of varsity play. Featuring a pair of starting attackmen in juniors Will Meter and David McCormack, as well as fifth-year senior close defender J.D. Johnson.
Meter, who led the team in assists as a freshman with 15 and had five helpers last season, has started 25 of 27 contests on attack alongside McCormack, who has 19 career goals and four assists in 19 starts. Johnson, who missed a significant part of 2013 due to injury, is healthy after starting 14 games in 2012 and seven a year ago. He led Team One in ground balls with 40 and was tied for third on the team last year with 25.
In total, U-M's 2014 opponents had a combined record of 117-96 a year ago. For the team's eight road games, the Wolverines will travel 4,092 miles
2014 Schedule Boasts Prominent Matchups
The 2014 slate boasts seven preseason top-20 teams in No. 6 Maryland, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 11 Albany, No. 12 Yale, No. 13 Johns Hopkins and No. 18 Cornell. Of the seven matchups, four of them will be played in Ann Arbor. The Cornell (March 1) contest will be played inside Oosterbaan Field House.
Diversity for U-M
Of the players that make up the 2014 squad, members of the team hail from 13 states and provinces, highlighted by eight from Michigan and five from New Jersey, Ohio, California, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
California: 5 (Gaughan, Hernandez, Johnson, Schlosser, Simor)
Canada: 1 (Jackson)
Colorado: 1 (Wylie)
Connecticut: 5 (Francia, Hatton, Keady, Khoury, Kraus)
Florida: 1 (Stauffer)
Maryland: 4 (Brown, Glaser, Mosko, Roswell)
Michigan: 8 (Archer, Gembis, Kennedy, Meter, Orr, Sardelli, Walker, Zwolan)
New Hampshire: 1 (Wolter)
New Jersey: 5 (Bryant, McPeters, Portnoy, Riefberg, Weichert)
New York: 2 (D'Alessio, Logan)
Ohio: 5 (Charlton, Joseph, King, McCormack, Paras)
Pennsylvania: 5 (Bergman, Chu, Kinek, Moore, Zonino)
Virginia: 1 (Biagi)
Special Matchups on Tap
For the third straight season, U-M will host the Battle at the Big House following the U-M Football Spring Game. This year's opponent for the traditional matchup will be the Fairfield Stags, and the April 5 game will commence at 3 p.m. The following Saturday (April 12), U-M will take part in the Showdown at the Shoe against Ohio State at 11 a.m. in Columbus.
The squad will carry strong underclassmen feel, as 30-of-46, or 65 percent, of the team will be either freshmen or sophomores.
Freshman: 13 (Archer, Bergman, Biagi, Hatton, Khoury, King, McPeters, Roswell, Schlosser, Simor, Weichert, Wolter, Zonino)
Redshirt Freshman: 2 (Charlton, Gaughan)
Sophomore: 15 (Brown, D'Alessio, Glaser, Hernandez, Jackson, Keady, Kennedy, Kinek, Kraus, Logan, Lott, Moore, Riefberg, Stauffer, Walker)
Redshirt Sophomore: 1 (Joseph)
Junior: 8 (Francia, Gembis, McCormack, Meter, Mosko, Orr, Portnoy, Wylie)
Redshirt Junior: 1 (Zwolan)
Senior: 4 (Bryant, Chu, Sardelli, Sherman)
Redshirt Senior: 2 (Johnson, Paras)
Four returning players from last season have switched numbers for U-M: Evan Glaser (No. 25 from No. 40), Dan Kinek (No. 9 from No. 38), Will Meter (No. 15 from No. 45), Dakota Sherman (No. 50 from No. 17).
Logan Out for Season
Sophomore goalie Gerald Logan will miss the 2014 season with a shoulder labrum tear that required surgery.
Last season, Logan was selected to the All-ECAC Rookie Team and was named the team's MVP. Logan was No. 2 in the NCAA with 211 saves and ended his freshman campaign averaging 15-plus saves per contest. He recorded double-digit stops in 13 of 14 contests and stopped at least 15 shots in nine games. Logan compiled a 56.3 save percentage, faced 565 shots, and led the team with 36 ground balls.
Freshman Nothing New
For the third straight season, the Wolverines will run a freshman goalie out between the pipes, as Robbie Zonino appears to be the man in the cage this season. In 2012 Emil Weiss was the primary goalie, playing in 10 games with an 11.80 goals-against average. In 2013 Gerald Logan played the majority of minutes.
In the two years U-M has been a varsity program, freshman have played 84 percent of the minutes in goal. The departed Dylan Westerhold is the other netminder who saw action in both seasons, playing 252 minutes in 2012, and just over five minutes in 2013. Cy Abelnour made a cameo appearance in 2012, playing 10 minutes as well.
U-M is the only team in the country that will have started a different freshman goalie in each of the past seasons. The Albany Great Danes are the last team to accomplish that feat, as a freshman was in net for the 2011-12-13 seasons.
Paul built the Michigan men's lacrosse club team into a national powerhouse, compiling a 241-44 record in 14 seasons as head coach (1998-2011) and leading Michigan to three straight Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championships from 2008-10. The team was 76-2 the final four seasons as a club program, helping drive the addition of men's lacrosse to the school's Division I varsity sports programs prior to the 2011-12 school year.
Paul was chosen to lead the varsity program in June 2011, and he was named Lacrosse Magazine Person of the Year in November 2011 for the role he played in Michigan's becoming the first BCS school in 31 years to add varsity lacrosse. Paul also previously served on the US Lacrosse board of directors (2002-07) and on the board of the Michigan Chapter of US Lacrosse.
Michigan to Join Big Ten Conference for Lacrosse in 2014-15
The Big Ten Conference announced June 3 the formation of a men's lacrosse conference, in which the University of Michigan men's lacrosse team will begin competition during the 2014-15 academic year.
In addition to Michigan and affiliate member Johns Hopkins, the men's conference will also feature Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland.
Big Ten rules allow for a conference championship when six institutions sponsor a program in any given sport.
Paul and the Wolverines will enter their third year as a varsity program in 2013-14, and continue competing in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), before joining the Big Ten for the 2015 season. Ohio State is the only other current ECAC team that will also transition to the Big Ten.
With the addition of men's and women's lacrosse, the Big Ten will now sponsor 28 varsity sports.
U-M Supports Friends of Jaclyn, vs. Cancer
The Wolverines adopted nine-year-old Miles Root of Tecumseh, Mich., through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation (FOJ), a charitable, non-profit organization that strives to enhance and strengthen the support system built around children with pediatric brain tumors. Through the program, adopted children become part of the team and build unique friendships. Children also gain an incredible group of caring role models to look up to when they need the extra support. FOJ places children with teams according to geographical proximity, as his primary healthcare facility is the University of Michigan Hospital.
Miles was diagnosed with a brain tumor on April 26, 2010, at the age of five. The tumor was fully resected on April 28, but he suffered from posterior fossa syndrome with cerebellar mutism a few hours after his tumor removal, resulting in him being unable to move the right side of his body and leaving him unable to speak.
FOJ's programs are based on love, support and friendship between the child, the child's family and his or her "adopted" team. FOJ has completed more than 400 adoptions in more than 20 different sports. They currently have more than 1,000 schools on a waiting list, as FOJ grows from a small organization into a larger one.
On Jan. 25, over 30 members of the team shaved their heads in support of Miles, as well as Chase Jones, a leading member in the vs. Cancer Organization based out of North Carolina.
2015 Recruiting Class Takes Shape
Michigan inked 12 standout prep student-athletes to the 2015 squad on Nov. 22. The class is highlighted by goalie Tommy Heidt (Greenwich, Conn./Brunswick School), who comes in at No. 39 in the Inside Lacrosse Top 50 Young Gun rankings heading into his senior year. The publication also ranks him as the No. 1 senior goalie in the country.
Others slated to join the Wolverines will be attackman PJ Bogle (Culver, Ind./Culver Military), longstick midfielders Liam Bourke (Ross, Calif./Redwood) and Jackson Kinley (Glen Ridge, N.J./Glen Ridge), attackmen BJ Mattheiss (Owings Mills, Md./St. Paul's School) and Sean McCanna (The Woodlands, Calif./The Woodlands), midfielder Parker McKee (Dedham, Mass./Noble & Greenough), long pole Hugh Mosko (Bethesda, Md./Boys Latin), attackman Will Reynolds (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand/Choate), long pole Eric Smith (Dover, Md./Taft School), and midfielders Shawn Smith (Cross River, N.Y./John Jay-Cross River) and Chase Young (Ambler, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep).
Saturday, March 1 -- vs. Cornell (Oosterbaan Field House), 1 p.m.