Feb. 20, 2013
Saturday, Feb. 23 -- at No. 4 Johns Hopkins (Baltimore, Md.), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (0-2) will venture to Baltimore, Md., to take on the No. 4 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Saturday (Feb. 23) at historic Homewood Field. The game, the first versus a ranked opponent for U-M this season, will be shown live via WatchESPN.com, and it will commence at 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins is 2-0 on the season with wins over Siena on Feb. 8 and Towson on Feb. 16, and has outscored opponents, 27-12, on the season. They are led offensively by Brandon Benn, who has seven goals on the season, and Wells Stanwick, who has four goals and two assists on the season. Faceoff man Mike Poppleton is winning 72 percent of the chances at the X (23-of-32), and All-America goalie Pierce Bassett has made 24 saves on the season while allowing only 12 goals.
The matchup against Johns Hopkins marks the third game in a seven-game road swing for the Wolverines, as five of the games will be true road contests (Bellarmine, Johns Hopkins, High Point, Hobart and Fairfield), while two of the games will be neutral-site contests, with U-M taking on Army on March 2 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Fla., and against Colgate on March 17 at Citi Field in Queens. Overall, the road trip will cover 4,438 miles, before U-M returns home to host the Loyola Greyhounds on March 23 at Michigan Stadium.
Four players -- Chase Brown (Severna Park), Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy), Evan Glaser (Owings Mills) and Andrew Mosko (Bethesda) -- return to their home state for the matchup against the Blue Jays.
Five newcomers have found themselves in the starting lineup for U-M in sophomore Mike Francia, junior Tom Sardelli and freshmen Gerald Logan, Kyle Jackson and Mike Hernandez. Overall, nine players have made their debuts in addition to Paxton Moore, Charlie Keady, Dan Kinek, Sam Martorella, Chase Brown, Brad Lott and Peter Kraus.
Freshman goalkeeper Gerald Logan tied a U-M record with 19 stops, keeping U-M in the game in an 11-6 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions on Feb. 9. In the 12-6 loss against Bellarmine, Logan made 17 saves. His 36 stops rank No. 1 in the ECAC with an 18-save per-contest average.
Freshman Brad Lott made his season debut in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., going of 8-of-18 on faceoffs, including a 7-of-11 mark in the first half. Lott was ranked the No. 1 faceoff specialist in the country by ESPNHS heading into his rookie season.
Senior close defender J.D. Johnson had a game-high seven ground balls against the Nittany Lions. After one pickup against the Knights, he is tied for the team lead in ground balls with attackman Will Meter with eight.
Two players in sophomore Andrew Portnoy and freshman Peter Kraus scored their first career goals against the Knights, as Portnoy scored the fastest goal to begin a game in Michigan history to open a contest, finding the back of the net 39 seconds into the contest. Kraus scored his first tally of his Maize and Blue career with 1:50 left in the first half of action. Both were of the unassisted variety.
The 2013 U-M squad features 23 newcomers to the fold this season, highlighted by freshman midfielder Kyle Jackson as well as projected starting goalie Gerald Logan. In addition, the Wolverines welcome four transfers in sophomore Mike Francia (Villanova), close defender Max Zwolan (Detroit), midfielder Tom Sardelli (Sacred Heart) and sophomore faceoff specialist Kevin Wylie (Colorado College).
Former Dartmouth assistant coach Ryan Danehy joined the program on Aug. 28 as offensive coordinator, replacing Judd Lattimore, who took a similar position at Penn. Danehy spent the previous six years as an assistant coach at Dartmouth. He was promoted to offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator in 2012. Prior to last year, Danehy worked as an assistant offensive coordinator, goalie coordinator and assistant defensive coordinator.
Four seniors will captain the squad's second season of varsity action in midfielder Sean Sutton, midfielder Thomas Paras, and close defenders J.D. Johnson and Rob Healy. Sutton, Paras and Johnson hold the position for the second straight season, while the honor is the first for Healy.
Of the players that make up the 2013 squad, members of the team hail from 13 states and provinces, highlighted by 11 from Michigan, five from Ohio, and four apiece from California, Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey.
The squad will carry a strong underclassmen feel, as 27, or 63 percent of the team, will comprise of freshman or sophomores. With that mark, Michigan is the eighth-youngest team in the country.
Later this season -- March 17 -- U-M will take on Colgate at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, in what will be the second men's lacrosse game in history being played at a Major League Baseball stadium. The first was Navy vs. Johns Hopkins in 1971, a contest that was played at the Houston Astrodome, then the home of the Houston Astros.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: What can the team take away from the loss against Bellarmine?
A: What we can take away from that game are the little things that we need to work on. That game was ours to lose after the first half, and we just came out flat in the third quarter. We need to make sure that in every game that we play, we play a solid 60 minutes. Not just a half but an entire game. We are the underdogs in every game, and we will have to make sure we are doing all of the little things right day in and day out.
Q: What was your first regular-season college road trip like? What did you do to keep busy? Are you a movie, music or game guy?
A: The first college road trip was a blast. Despite the defeat; which made all of the bumps and bruises that much worse, it was an overall great trip to be with my teammates. Any chance to spend time with all of these guys is a great opportunity and the road trip was a blast. Being on a bus for six hours was not a big deal for me as I am used to spending 12-13 hours on a bus to games, so I like to keep busy with a lot of music (country and a lot of radio's top hits). Movies are a great way of killing time, but I am not much of a video games/gamer at all.
Q:What are you looking forward to the most taking on Johns Hopkins on Saturday?
A: I will be looking forward to playing on historic Homewood Field where many great players have played before me. Also, getting to play against a few other Canadians such as Zach Palmer, Mike Morris and Brandon Benn will be a treat. This is a big game for the Wolverines, and we are just hoping we can go out there, do all the little things right and hope for the best possible outcome. Everyone will have chills playing at such a well-known and historic field.
Q: Tell us about the team haircut craze this season. Where did you get the idea for your current style?
A: Thomas Paras, Thomas Paras, Thomas Paras. He was the driving force behind our crazed MULLETS, and I am not going to take the credit for this one. He wanted one, I was willing to join him and not let him be the only one looking a little odd. I am just waiting for my approval on my coat and tie to games now with my Canadian Tuxedo look to cap off the hair style. (jean jacket, and jeans).
Q: What is it like being the lone Wolverine to sport a Canadian flag on the back of your helmet?
A: Well, Andrew Portnoy won't let me hear the end of it with all of his jokes. But, I am proud to say the least. This is a great honor to be wearing my country's flag on the back of my helmet, and I just hope that each day I put that helmet on I am able to represent my country in the best way possible.
Q: Not sure if you have heard, but there is another freshman Canadian on the basketball team. Have you had a chance to chat with him at all? (Nik Stauskas)
A: A few times over summer term we have crossed paths and had a little chat. We Canadians are obviously so well known around this campus for our apparent silly accents and different pronunciation of words; we tend to be a little busy with questions that we can't make time to catch up with one another. I usually am the one during the Michigan basketball games in the student section waving the Canadian flag with pride every time he drains a three-pointer.
Saturday, March 2 -- vs. Army - Orange Bowl Classic (Miami, Fla.), 7 p.m.