Game #8: U-M to Welcome Bellarmine to Big House Saturday
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March 13, 2012

Michigan Stadium Guide | John Paul Interview | Game Notes

THIS WEEK
Saturday, March 17
-- vs. Bellarmine (Michigan Stadium), 3 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (1-6) continues its homestand on Saturday (March 17) against the Bellarmine Knights (2-2). It will be the first regular-season game for the Wolverines to be held at Michigan Stadium. Tickets are available for purchase on MGoBlue.com or at the door.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Bellarmine Knights

The Knights are 2-2 thus far. U-M and Bellarmine share two common opponents. BU lost to Loyola at home two weeks ago, 11-8. In mid-February, the Knights defeated Mercer, 13-5. Additionally, Bellarmine opened the season with a 9-8 loss to Robert Morris and last week it defeated Dartmouth, 12-10.

Bellarmine is averaging 10.25 goals for per game while permitting 8.75 goals against. Michael Ward has 10 goals in four games for Bellarmine. Colton Clark leads the Knights with 14 points on six goals and eight assists. No other player has more than four points. Faceoff man Andrew Bulgarelli has won 46.8 percent of his draws. Goalie Dillon Ward has made 43 saves and has a save percentage of .551.

Head coach Kevin Burns is in his first season in Louisville, Ky. Hired in August 2011, he spent the previous five seasons as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts. In 2011, BU posted a 4-11 overall record and was 0-6 in ECAC play. The Knights were picked to finish last (7th) in the 2012 ECAC Preseason Poll.

LAST WEEK
March 7: No. 9 Loyola 15, Michigan 8
The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team fell to No. 9 Loyola in its home opener at Oosterbaan Field House. Michigan scored first but was overwhelmed by the Greyhounds' eight-goal run in the first half. Though Michigan went nearly goal for goal with Loyola in the second half of play, the Wolverines could not make up the scoring gap created in the first 30 minutes.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On the Loyola game ... "I'm really proud of the guys as in every game we've played this year we played 60 minutes. We lost by one in the second half against the No. 9 team in the country. It continues to show that one, we're going to play hard until the final whistle and two, we have to play nearly perfect when we play teams like this, but when we put some things together we can. For us it's being able to sustain that for an entire game."

DAILY FOR YEALY
Fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy extended his goal streak to four games with his lone tally against Loyola last week. Yealy has a team-best 12 goals on the season.

WOLVERINE IN PARAS
Junior Thomas Paras maintained his team lead in points (16) by posting two goals and adding an assist against the Greyhounds. Paras has six goals and three assists over the last two games. For the season, he has an 11-5-16 line.

VASILEFF, STEENLAND DOUBLE UP
Juniors Alex Vasileff and Willie Steenland each tallied twice vs. Loyola. The pair tied Vasileff's career high for the fourth time and gives him 10 goals on the season -- the fourth U-M player to reach double digits. Vasileff is second on the team with 13 points. For Steenland, the two goals set a career high. He has an even six goals and six assists this season for 12 points, which are tied for third on the squad.

FAST STARTERS AND STRONG FINISHERS
U-M scored first against Loyola marking the sixth time in seven games that Michigan has opened the scoring. The Wolverines are -1 in first-quarter scoring, having registered 16 goals while allowing 17. In the fourth quarter, U-M has been outscored just 18-17.

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
Michigan could play as many as seven ranked teams this season. Thus far U-M is 0-3 vs. ranked teams. U-M will face No. 11 North Carolina and No. 20 Delaware, while Harvard and Ohio State are currently receiving votes in the polls.

Feb. 18 -- #17 Penn State (L, 9-16)
Feb. 25 -- #12 Denver (L, 5-17)
March 7 -- #9 Loyola (L, 8-15)

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.

MEET THE COACHES
John Paul
was installed as U-M's first head coach on June 3, 2011, just one week after the program earned varsity status. Paul was the club team's head coach for 14 seasons, earning a mark of 241-44 and three straight club national titles from 2008-10.

"John Paul has been an integral part of our lacrosse program over the years," said Brandon. "He has built the club program to a championship level and will help us make the transition to varsity status. We look forward to his leadership and guidance of our program."

Assistant coach Judd Lattimore directs the U-M offense. A two-year starter at North Carolina, he has spent the last 10 years coaching at the NCAA level, most recently at Bucknell (2009-11).

Assistant coach Ken Broschart leads the Wolverine defense. He spent the last four years as an assistant for U-M's club team. Broschart was a three-year All-American defender at New York Institute of Technology.

Goalie coach Keith Euker spent the last two seasons as the head coach of the Missouri club team. He played collegiately at Loyola.

FAMILIAR FACES
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.

FUTURE IMPACT
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
(Amityville, N.Y./Chaminade)
Michael Hernandez - M
(Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont)
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
(Louisville, Ky./Trinity)
Paxton Moore - LSM
(Haverford, Pa./The Haverford School)
William Perkins - A
(Dallas, Texas/Saint Mark's School of Texas)
Brendan Riefberg - D
(Flanders, N.J./Roxbury)
Chris Walker - D
(Farmington Hills, Mich./Brother Rice)

UP NEXT
Saturday, March 24 -- vs. Mount St. Mary's (Michigan Stadium), 3 p.m.

   

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