March 7, 2012
Wednesday, March 7 -- vs. Loyola (Oosterbaan Field House), 7 p.m.
The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (1-5) will host its first varsity home game on Wednesday (March 7) against the Loyola Greyhounds. Game time is 7 p.m. at Oosterbaan Field House. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. U-M is home for five of the next six games between March 7 and April 14.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
The Greyhounds are off to a 3-0 start with wins against Delaware, Towson and Bellarmine. LU posted an 11-8 road win over Bellarmine on March 3. Eric Lusby had five goals and six points and Davis Butts had four goals in the come-from-behind triumph. Overall, Loyola is 12th in the nation in scoring offense (12.33 goals per game) and 10th in scoring defense (7.33 gpg). Faceoff man J.P. Dalton has won 63.6 percent of his draws, good for 10th in the country.
Loyola was picked to finish second behind Denver in the Preseason ECAC Poll. Attackman Mike Sawyer and long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff were named to Preseason All-ECAC Team. Head coach Charley Toomey is in his seventh season at his alma mater.
March 4: Michigan 14, Mercer 4
Michigan broke through for its first victory as a varsity program, blasting the Mercer Bears, 14-4. U-M scored twice in the first 2:28 of the game, led 4-0 after the first quarter and 6-1 at halftime. The Wolverines poured in eight second-half goals to ensure the win. U-M held the Bears to 9-for-19 on clears and permitted just 14 total shots.
Junior attackman Thomas Paras led all scorers with four goals and added two assists. Additionally, fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy and sophomore midfielder Doug Bryant each contributed three goals. Junior midfielder Willie Steenland had three assists and one goal.
March 2: Jacksonville 9, Michigan 8 OT
Michigan fell just short of its first win by losing 9-8 in overtime at Jacksonville. U-M led 3-0 in the first quarter and 5-4 at halftime yet trailed by one in the final minutes. U-M forced a turnover late and scored on the ensuing possession with 11.5 seconds to go in regulation. Jacksonville won the opening faceoff in overtime and scored 48 seconds later.
Fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy starred for the Maize and Blue with four goals, three of which came consecutively to start the first quarter. Senior midfielder Alex Vasileff chipped in a pair of goals for the second game in a row. In his goaltending debut, freshman Emil Weiss had 15 saves. Michigan won the ground-ball battle for the first time this season (22-18) despite going 7-for-21 at the faceoff X. U-M also cleared very well (21-for-22). JU's Ari Waffle notched a hat trick, including the overtime game-winner.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On beating Mercer for the program's first victory ... "It's obviously pretty nice to get the first win. We really felt like we were getting closer this week. We saw a lot of improvement over the course of the week. A lot of that manifested itself two days ago against Jacksonville. We played our best game of the season to this point and we knew if we just continued to get better every day, which we've been doing this season, then this was going to come at some point so it's great to get it."
On the debut of goalie Emil Weiss vs. Jacksonville ... "Emil's a big body who fills a lot of goal. He's very comfortable there. I thought he did a great job for his first time in, first time playing in a college game. I'm sure there are a couple he'd like back, but getting 15 saves out of him -- again he's one of those pieces that we need to put us in a position to be here and we got that out of him today."
Fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy took over the team lead in goals (11) by scoring seven times last weekend. He notched the first hat trick in U-M history with four tallies vs. Jacksonville. Three of his four goals were scored consecutively over a 10:21 period in the first quarter. He tacked on three more goals against Mercer, and once again they came consecutively during a span of 3:12 in the second half.
WOLVERINE IN PARAS
Against Mercer, junior Thomas Paras set a program high for points in a game (6) by scoring four goals -- which tied a U-M best -- and adding two assists. Paras leads the Maize and Blue with 13 points on nine goals and four assists.
DOUBLE DIGITS FOR DOUG
Sophomore midfielder Doug Bryant recorded the first hat trick of his career versus Mercer. It was his fourth game of the season with multiple goals. His 10 tallies are second to Trevor Yealy on the U-M roster.
Freshman goalie Emil Weiss started his career in fine fashion as he earned ECAC Rookie of the Week on March 5. Weiss turned away 15 shots in his debut against Jacksonville on March 2. He then backstopped the Wolverines to their first victory on March 4 by making four saves versus Mercer. Weiss also had four ground balls and a caused turnover during the two-game set.
A IS FOR ASSIST
Michigan set season highs for goals (14) and assists (9) against Mercer. U-M's previous highs had been nine goals and six assists. Junior midfielder Willie Steenland set a U-M best with three assists versus the Bears, while freshman attackman Will Meter had two assists. Meter (six assists) and Steenland (five) rank first and second on the team in helpers.
U-M scored first against Jacksonville and Mercer, marking the fifth time in six games that Michigan has opened the scoring. The Wolverines are out-pacing their opponents 15-12 in the opening quarter this season.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
Michigan could play as many as seven ranked teams this season. U-M has lost games at then-No. 17 Penn State and at then-No. 12 Denver. Still remaining are home games versus No. 9 Loyola, No. 18 Delaware and No. 20 Ohio State and road games against Harvard and No. 8 North Carolina.
WELCOME TO THE BIG SHOW
Men's lacrosse became the 28th varsity sport at the University of Michigan on May 25, 2011. Women's lacrosse was also announced as a varsity sport that day by athletic director Dave Brandon and will begin play in 2013-14 as the 29th sport. The last time U-M added a varsity sport was during the 2000-01 school year, when men's soccer and women's water polo commenced play.
There are 61 NCAA Division I lacrosse programs spread over eight conferences. The Wolverines are affiliate members of the ECAC in 2012 and achieve full-fledged status in 2013.
Twenty-one players return from U-M's club team from the 2011 season. Among that group are five veterans who were named captains by Coach Paul in the fall: fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy, junior midfielder Sean Sutton, senior midfielder Alex Vasileff, junior defender J.D. Johnson and junior attackman Thomas Paras.
In 19 games last season, Yealy led Michigan in goals (63) and shots (137). Paras (38 goals) and Vasileff (18 goals) were steady contributors on the offensive end.
On Nov. 17, 2011, U-M announced the signing of 18 recruits who will bolster the 2012-13 roster. Two players ranked among the ESPN HS Top 100, while three more were rated as Top 25 players within ESPN HS positional ratings. Additionally, Inside Lacrosse rated one player as the No. 2 Canadian prospect for the Class of 2012.
Chase Brown - LSM
(Annapolis, Md./Severn School)
Cooper Charlton - D
(Hudson, Ohio/The Hill Academy [Ont.])
Graham Conlan - D
(Mohnton, Pa./Hill School)
Brendan Gaughan - A
(Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon)
Evan Glaser - A
(Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School)
Matt Graham - M
Michael Hernandez - M
Kyle Jackson - M
(Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy)
Charles Keady - LSM
(Darien, Conn./Fairfield College Prep)
Riley Kennedy - A
(Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice)
Daniel Kinek - M
(Macungie, Pa./Avon Old Farms [Conn.])
Peter Kraus - A
(New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan)
Gerald Logan - G
(Wading River, N.Y./The Hotchkiss School [Conn.])
Brad Lott - FO
Paxton Moore - LSM
(Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School)
William Perkins - A
(Dallas, Texas/Saint Mark's School of Texas)
Brendan Riefberg - D
Chris Walker - D
(Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice)
Wednesday, March 17 – vs. Bellarmine (Michigan Stadium), 3 p.m.