March 28, 2012
Coach Paul on WTKA Insider
Saturday, March 31 -- vs. Harvard (Harvard Stadium), 1 p.m.
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The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (1-8) hits the road for the fourth time this season Saturday (March 31), traveling the Cambridge, Mass., to take on the Harvard Crimson (4-4) at Harvard Stadium. The trip marks the fourth true road game of the season for the Wolverines, who are looking for the first road triumph in program history. U-M is 1-2 at neutral sites.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Harvard enters the contest with an overall record of 4-4 on the season, with two of the defeats coming by one goal in a 7-6 defeat against Hofstra (March 3) and an 11-10 loss to Georgetown (March 10). Most recently, Harvard was downed 16-8 on Tuesday (March 27) by No. 2 UMass. In total, four of Harvard's games have been decided by three goals or less.
UMass is led offensively by attackman Jeff Cohen, who is one of the top goal-scorers in the country with 29 goals on the year and has also contributed a trio of assists for an Ivy League leading 32 points. He is joined on attack by sophomore Daniel Epp, who has 17 goals and 12 helpers on the season for 29 points, second behind Cohen's 32 points. Kevin Vaughan leads the midfield unit with 10 goals and 13 assists for 23 points. Freshman Keegan Michel has been a major factor in the faceoff X, as he is winning a little less than 61 percent of his faceoffs and is 86-of-141 on the season to rank in the top 10 in the country in the statistic.
Junior Harry Krieger and freshman Jake Gambitsky have split time in the cage this season, with Kreiger holding a 7.65 goals-against average while stopping 38 shots. Each netminder holds a record of 2-2 on the year.
March 24: Mount St. Mary's 15, Michigan 6
U-M fell to Mount St. Mary's, 15-6, on March 24 in front of a season-high 902 fans at Michigan Stadium. Michigan led 3-1 early in the first quarter, before the Mount used two scoring runs of six straight goals to pull away.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On today's game ... "This is another game -- and this has been our trend this season -- where we play a really good first quarter and for whatever reason kind of unravel after the first quarter is over. Overall, that first half was as good of a half we have played all year. We just weren't finishing offensively and weren't finishing some things defensively. Ultimately you're just seeing one team that is a lot better than the other team. In the second half, they made a lot fewer mistakes than we did."
TAKING CARE OF THE ROCK
Michigan turned the ball over a season-low 12 times against Mount St. Mary's, including only three times in the first half. In the past two contests, against Bellarmine as well as The Mount, U-M has turned the ball over 25 times (12.5 per game). In the first seven games, U-M turned the ball over an average of 20 times per contest.
DAILY FOR YEALY
Fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy extended his goal streak to five games with his lone tally against Mount St. Mary's last week. Yealy has a team-best 15 goals on the season.
WOLVERINE IN PARAS
Junior Thomas Paras maintained his team lead in points (20) by posting an assist against the Mountaineers. Paras has six goals and three assists over the last two games. For the season, he has 13 goals and seven helpers for 20 points.
FAST STARTERS AND STRONG FINISHERS
U-M has scored first in six of the past eight games. The Wolverines are even in first-quarter scoring, having registered 22 goals while allowing 22. In the fourth quarter, U-M has been outscored just 25-21.
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 and No. 20 Delaware, while Ohio State is 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)
HEY NINER, NINER
Michigan has tallied exactly nine goals in a game three times this season; against Detroit (L, 13-9), Penn State (L, 16-9), and Bellarmine (L, 13-9).
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, including the top-ranked face off specialist, 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 [Ontario])
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, April 7 -- vs. Delaware (Michigan Stadium), 1 p.m.