Game #12: U-M to Host Ohio State Saturday in Battle at the Big House

April 10, 2012

Battle at the Big House Central
Coach Paul on WTKA Insider

Saturday, April 14 -- vs. Ohio State (Michigan Stadium), 2:30 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network | Live Stats | Live Audio | Free Admission

The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team (1-10) will host the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-6) Saturday (April 14) at 2:30 p.m. in the inaugural Battle at the Big House inside Michigan Stadium.

In 2010, the Buckeyes set the NCAA regular-season single-game attendance record on April 24 in Columbus, as 31,078 fans saw the Buckeyes take on the Air Force Falcons. Ohio State owns the top three single-game attendance numbers, all of which have come on games in conjunction with the Ohio State football spring game, known as the Showdown at the Shoe. Michigan can enter the top 10 in single-game attendance with more than 19,850 fans.

Junior Thomas Paras ranks No. 31 in the country in shooting percentage, as he has 15 goals on 37 shots (40.5 percent). As a team, the Wolverines are No. 17 in the country with a 31-percent mark (88 goals on 283 shots).

Fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy extended his goal streak to seven games with his hat trick against Delaware. Yealy has a team-best 20 goals on the season and the hat trick was his third of the season. He scored a season-high four tallies against Jacksonville in a 9-8 defeat on March 2.

Junior Thomas Paras maintained his team lead in points (22) even after going scoreless in the Delaware contest. Paras has eight goals and three assists over the last four games. For the season, he has 15 goals and seven helpers.

Junior d-pole J.D. Johnson tops U-M defenders with 35 ground balls on the season and is one shy of faceoff specialist Brian Greiner, who has a team-high 36 pickups. Johnson has at least five ground balls in four of the last six games, highlighted by as season-high eight against Harvard.

After collecting an assist against Harvard, freshman Will Meter has a team-leading 12 assists and is the one of two Wolverines to sit in double digits in the category, along with Willie Steenland. His 12 helpers in 11 contests put him just outside of the top 10 in the ECAC rankings in assists per game (1.09). He has connected with fellow attacker Trevor Yealy seven 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 10 of 11 contests this season as a true freshman.

Junior Willie Steenland sits second on the squad with 11 assists and has four helpers in the past two contests. Against Harvard, Steenland racked up helpers in the second half on Thomas Paras' score and a David McCormack man-up goal. Steenland matched the feat with two assists against Delaware, connecting with McCormack twice within 1:46 of the second quarter to cut the Blue Hen advantage to 6-3 just prior to the half.

Emil Weiss stopped a career-best 17 shots against Delaware (10 in first half) and registered the first assist of his career on a Trevor Yealy goal. The Cary, N.C., native has 39 saves in the past three contests. After missing the first three games of the season, he has started the last seven games between the pipes for U-M.

U-M scored first against Harvard, marking the seventh time in 10 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 30-24 in the opening stanza. In the fourth quarter, U-M has been out-scored 29-24.

Michigan could play as many as four ranked teams this season. Thus far U-M is 0-3 against ranked teams. U-M will face North Carolina, currently, 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)

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).


Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes enter the Battle at the Big House with a 5-6 overall mark and have played the 11th most-difficult schedule in the country according to LaxPower. Five of Ohio State's six losses have come against ranked opponents, with one-score defeats coming against No. 6 Notre Dame (8-7) and No. 4 Loyola (8-7). The squad's signature win of the season came against No. 5 Denver 10-9 on Feb. 19, and OSU most recently defeated Hobart in overtime on April 7 in Geneva, N.Y., by a 10-9 scoreline. In addition, six of the Buckeyes' 11 games have been decided by two goals or less.

Ohio State's offensive attack is guided by one of the top scorers in the nation in Logan Schuss, who has 31 scores and 12 assists for a team-best and ECAC-leading 43 points, and is responsible of for one-third of the OSU scoring output. Jesse King is the only other Ohio State offensive player that sits in double-digit goals with 11.

The Buckeyes are second in the ECAC in turnovers caused per game (8.27) and goals-against average (7.60). Gregg Dutton, the team's primary goalkeeper, has stopped 58 percent of shots faced and holds a goals-against average of 9.28.

The faceoff battle will pit Ohio State's Shawn Kaplan against U-M's Brian Greiner. Kaplan is 60-of-125 (48 percent) on his attempts this year, while Greiner is 98-of-227 (43 percent).


April 7: Delaware 11, Michigan 7
Michigan made a late run in the final quarter of action against the Blue Hens as Jack Eisenreich and Brian Greiner scored eight seconds apart with four minutes to play, but the Wolverines were unable to mount the full comeback, falling to Delaware, 11-7.

Trevor Yealy led the offensive charge for the Wolverines with three goals, while David McCormack scored two goals on assists from Willie Steenland. Goalie Emil Weiss had a career-high 17 saves, 10 of which came in the first half of action. Weiss also had a team-high five ground balls.

The 11-7 loss to the Blue Hens marks the fourth four-goal defeat of the season for the Wolverines. Additionally, it was the second straight occasion on the season that Michigan has lost a contest by an 11-7 score, as the Wolverines were defeated 11-7 by Harvard on March 31.

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.

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
(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)

Saturday, April 21 -- at Rutgers (Piscataway, N.J.), 7 p.m.