April 3, 2012
The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (1-9) returns home for its final homestand of the season Saturday (April 7), hosting the Delaware Blue Hens at 1 p.m. inside Michigan Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Delaware Blue Hens
The Blue Hens will arrive in Ann Arbor with a 3-7 record the season but have played the eighth-toughest schedule in the country, according to LaxPower's strength of schedule rankings. Two of Delaware's three wins have come against ranked opponents, as the Blue Hens knocked off No. 11 Bucknell, 11-10, in overtime on Feb. 11 and defeated No. 13 Villanova, 13-9, on March 3 by a 13-9 tally. Three of Delaware's seven defeats have come by three goals or less.
Delaware's last win came against the Wildcats on March 3 and was most recently defeated by the Drexel Dragons on Saturday (March 31) by an 11-8 count.
The Blue Hens are led offensively by Grant Kaleikau, who has 14 goals to lead the team, as well as 24 assists, which tops the team annals and ranks No. 3 in the nation. Delaware also features the No. 15 faceoff man in the nation in Dan Cooney, who is winning his attempts at a 58-percent clip, and is No. 11 in groundballs per contest with 6.0 a game.
As a team, Delaware is No. 36 in the country in goals with 9.4 per contest while allowing 10.2 per game. Additionally, the Blue Hens are the No. 15 groundball team in the country at 31.2 per game and are connecting on 36 percent of their man-up opportunities.
March 31: Harvard 11, Michigan 7
After falling behind 7-2 in the first half, Michigan won the second half 5-4 but fell to the Harvard Crimson Saturday (March 31) by an 11-7 tally. Freshman Will Meter had three assists, while classmate David McCormack, senior Trevor Yealy and junior Thomas Paras all added a pair of scores in the defeat.
A key point in the game came in the third quarter, as Michigan outscored the Crimson 4-3, aided by fifth-year senior Brian Greiner, who controlled the faceoff X by going 6-of-8 in the quarter. In addition, Michigan had 30 ground balls to Harvard's 25, highlighted by junior d-pole J.D. Johnson, who had a team-high eight. U-M was 15-of-19 on clears, while freshman goalie Emil Weiss had 13 saves.
Harvard's Jeff Cohen led all scorers with seven goals, one goal off the school record. Paras' two-goal effort allowed him to continue to pace U-M in points with 22 and has eight goals over the last three contests.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Michigan Head Coach John Paul
On today's game ... "This game was reverse of a lot of the games that we played this year, as it was another one of those games where we knew if we cleaned up a few things and we did a couple things better -- like making the right reads, not turning the ball over and clearing the ball better -- we really could be in the game. We made a few adjustments at the half and we started playing better lacrosse. That was a carryover from the second quarter as we played really well in that quarter as well."
Junior Thomas Paras ranks No. 24 in the country in shooting percentage, as he has 15 goals on 34 shots (44.1 percent). As a team, the Wolverines are No. 16 in the country with a 31.2 percent mark (81 goals on 260 shots).
DAILY FOR YEALY
Fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy extended his goal streak to six games with his pair of scores against Harvard. Yealy has a team-best 17 goals on the season.
WOLVERINE IN PARAS
Junior Thomas Paras maintained his team lead in points (22) by posting a pair of scores against the Crimson. Paras has eight goals and three assists over the last three games. For the season, he has 15 goals and seven helpers for 22 points.
GET DOWN ON THE GROUND
Junior d-pole J.D. Johnson tops U-M defenders with 34 ground balls on the season and is tied with face off specialist Brian Greiner. Johnson has at least five ground balls in four of the last five games, highlighted by as season-high eight against Harvard.
METER MEASURES UP
After tallying a trio of helpers against Harvard, freshman Will Meter has a team-leading 11 assists and is the lone Wolverine to sit in double digits in the category. His 11 helpers in 10 contests put him just outside of the top 10 in the ECAC rankings in assists per game (1.11). He has connected with fellow attacker Trevor Yealy six times, as well as David McCormack, Alex Vasileff, Thomas Paras, Willie Steenland and Ryan Dutton-O'Hara once apiece. Additionally, Meter has registered a point in nine of 10 contests this season as a true freshman.
FAST STARTERS AND STRONG FINISHERS
U-M scored first against Harvard, marking the seventh time in nine games that Michigan has opened the scoring. The Wolverines have been outscored by narrow margins in the first and fourth quarter, as opponents have outscored U-M 27-23 in the opening stanza. In the fourth quarter, U-M has been out-scored 26-22.
TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
Michigan could play as many as five ranked teams this season. Thus far U-M is 0-3 against ranked teams. U-M will face No. 9 North Carolina in the final game of the season, 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 [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, April 14 -- vs. Ohio State - Battle at the Big House (Michigan Stadium), 2:30 p.m.