March 21, 2012
The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (1-7) will seek its first home win on Saturday (March 24) when it takes on Mount St. Mary's (2-4) at 3 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium. The contest wraps up U-M's three-game home stand. Tickets are available for purchase on MGoBlue.com or at the gate.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers
The Mountaineers have a 2-4 record, following a pair of losses. They lost 11-6 to Drexel on March 17 and 9-8 to then-No. 18 Georgetown on March 13. Mount St. Mary's two victories have come against Delaware (12-10) and VMI (15-4). The Mount is the preseason favorite to win the Northeast Conference after winning the conference's inaugural title in 2011. Head coach Kevin Burns is in his 18th season on the Emmitsburg, Md.-based campus.
Mount St. Mary's averages nine goals for per game, while permitting 10.17 goals against. Twin brothers Brett and Bryant Schmidt pace the Mountaineers with 14 and 10 goals, respectively. Brett, an attackman, also has five assists for a team-best 19 points. Bryant, a midfielder, ranks fourth on the team in points with 11. Daniel Stranix has nine goals and five assists and Andrew Scalley has seven goals and six assists to round out the leading scorers. Face-off man Jon Marsalese has won 51.6 percent of his draws. Goalie Chris Klaiber has made 62 saves and has a save percentage of .512.
March 17: Bellarmine 13, Michigan 9
Michigan lost to Bellarmine, 13-9, in its first-ever regular-season game at Michigan Stadium. U-M scored the first three goals, before Bellarmine scored five straight goals in the first half and outscored the Wolverines, 7-4, in the second half.
For Michigan, Trevor Yealy, Thomas Paras and Will Meter each had two goals. Bellarmine's Lance Robinson had three goals to lead the Knights. Austin Bright added two goals and three assists. Michigan outshot Bellarmine, 29-26, but the Knights won the face-off battle, 16-10. Ground balls were even at 32 apiece.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On the Bellarmine game ... "This one was disappointing. I felt going into halftime if we cleaned a couple things up, and moved the ball a little better offensively, we were going to be in pretty good shape in the second half. I thought offensively and in the clear, we did both those things, and we kept hitting the pipes -- we hit a lot of pipes. We lost Emil (Weiss) in the fourth quarter, and asking Dylan (Westerhold) to come in cold like that -- he obviously wasn't ready to come in. They scored a couple quick ones right away and it was pretty tough to overcome."
DAILY FOR YEALY
Trevor Yealy extended his goal streak to five games by tallying twice against Bellarmine. He has a team-best 14 goals.
WOLVERINE IN PARAS
Junior Thomas Paras maintained his team lead in points (19) by posting two goals and adding an assist against the Knights. Paras has eight goals and four assists over the last three games. For the season, he has a 13-6-19 line.
For the seventh time in eight games, the Wolverines opened the scoring in its loss to Bellarmine. U-M's goal differential in the first quarters is even -- 19 goals for and 19 goals against.
Michigan had a season-low 13 turnovers vs. Bellarmine while forcing 17 Knight miscues. For the season, U-M is -18 in turnover margin (154-136).
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
Michigan could play as many as six ranked teams this season. Thus far U-M is 0-3 vs. ranked teams. U-M will face No. 11 North Carolina, 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.
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)
Saturday, March 31 -- at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass.), 1 p.m.