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Following a bye week, the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (7-1) closes out non-conference play, hosting the UMBC Retrievers (3-4) Saturday (March 25) at 1 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium. The matchup is the first clash between the two schools in program history.
THINGS TO KNOW
» Entering the week, U-M is ranked in both the Maverik Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll at No. 20. This marks the first time in program existence the team has been ranked in either poll.
» Following a bye week, Michigan is coming off its biggest win in program existence, a 13-12 win over No. 10 Penn on March 11, the first victory for the Wolverines over a ranked opponent in program history.
» With one non-conference matchup to go, U-M will now play five ranked teams in its six remaining games, in No. 1 Rutgers, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 10 Maryland and No. 17 Johns Hopkins. Additionally, this weekend's opponent UMBC is receiving votes in the Maverik Media Poll. Combined, the group owns a 36-9 record.
» Senior Ian King was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his three-goal, two-assist performance against Penn and leads the team in assists (15) and points (29).
With five points (3g, 2a), against Penn, senior Ian King was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. The Cincinnati native leads the team in points with 29, as well as assists with 15. The assist number is two off his own school single-season record of 17, which was set last season. Sophomore Brent Noseworthy paces the squad in goals with 25 and has scored multiple goals in six of eight contests on the year, including five hat tricks.
Both are on pace to shatter the U-M record for points in a season (36, Kyle Jackson in 2016), while King is five points off his own season high of 34, which he set it 2015. Additionally, King is nine goals away from breaking Jackson's career goal record of 88.
As a whole, the attack unit has ranked as one of the top trios in the country this year, with senior Ian King, sophomore Brent Noseworthy and sophomore Rocco Sutherland combining for 45 goals and 27 assists for 72 points.
U-M owns the nation's No. 19 offense, averaging 11.75 goals per contest. The Wolverines have outscored teams 94-68 this season, outdistancing teams in the first half by a 53-32 margin. U-M also owns a 26-9 margin in the third quarter and has been outscored 27-15 in the final stanza of
Following a down year in terms of offensive production in 2016, senior captain Mikie Schlosser has reemerged as an offensive force, already surpassing his goal total (five) and point total (eight) from a season ago with 11 goals and 14 points. He has also come up huge in crunch time, scoring crucial markers in the final moments against Furman and Penn to seal U-M's last two victories.
Junior/sophomore goalie Tommy Heidt has been one of the top goaltenders in the Big Ten this season, ranking third in the conference in goals-against average (7.91), second in save percentage (61 percent), which is good for seventh nationally, and first in the league in saves per game (11.75). All three of the numbers rank in the top 20 in the NCAA. Heidt has eclipsed the double-digit save plateau in six of eight games this season.
Junior Michael McDonnell has been the primary face-off option for Michigan and has been instrumental to the Wolverine success thus far. The FOGO is winning 58 percent of his draws (93-of-158), which is good for third in the Big Ten and 21st nationally. He is also second on the team in ground ball pickups with 25.
As a team, U-M ranks as the No. 3 defensive unit in the Big Ten, and No. 16 nationally, allowing 8.50 goals per contest. Along with Heidt excelling in goal, longstick Nick DeCaprio leads the team in ground balls with 29, ranking him second in the Big Ten for non-faceoff men with 3.71 per game.
The Retrievers enter the weekend with a 3-4 overall record but are coming off their best win of the season on Saturday (March 18) with a 12-9 victory at Stony Brook. UMBC, under the leadership of first-year head coach Ryan Moran, opened the season with three straight defeats against powers North Carolina, Johns Hopkins and Richmond. Additionally, the program defeated a common opponent in Mercer on Feb. 25 by a 15-4 score in Baltimore.
Max Maxwell leads the team in goals (10), assists (13) and points (23), while Ryan Frawley is the other Retriever in double digits with 10 goals, four of which have come via the man-up variety. UMBC, known for a slow and deliberate style of play that ranks No. 69 in pace according to AnalyicsLacrosse.com, owns the No. 62 offense in the country (7.86 goals per game) and the No. 26 defense in the land (9.57 goals allowed).
UMBC has a defensive standout in longpole Billy O'Hara, who leads the America East conference and is No. 8 in the NCAA in caused turnovers with two a game. Goalie Ruston Souder owns a save percentage of 49 percent and has stopped 9.14 shots per contest to rank No. 4 in the conference in each category. Once again, Michigan figures to have a face-off advantage, as Jake Brothers has won 48 percent of his draws at the dot. This is the first meeting between the two programs in school history.
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