For Immediate Release
March 12, 2010
Event: Men’s Lacrosse
Site: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Oosterbaan Fieldhouse)
Score: #1 Michigan 22, #13 Simon Fraser 10
Records: U-M (4-0, 0-0 CCLA), SFU (1-3, 0-0 PNCLL)
Next U-M Game: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 12:00pm EST – vs. Eastern Michigan – Ypsilanti, Mich. (Rynearson Stadium)
Fast Start, Spread Attack Keys in Victory Over Simon Fraser
Ann Arbor, Mich. – The University of Michigan men’s lacrosse team put on an impressive show for an overflowing crowd at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse on Friday night (March 12), dispatching Simon Fraser by a score of 22-10. Michigan got off to their best start of the season, scoring seven unanswered to open the game, with 13 different players eventually registering goals.
Junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) put together another strong performance, tallying five goals, including three in a row in a three-minute span midway through the first. Seniors Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair-Haven) and Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) both tied career highs with three and two goals respectively to help propel Michigan to their fourth win of the season.
McIntyre got Michigan going quickly, just scoring just 22 seconds in on a feed from fellow senior, captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills). Senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) scored from the left wing on a spinning shot at 12:16, followed by senior attackman Kevin Zorovich’s (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) lone goal of the night at 10:25 as Michigan took a 3-0 lead just five minutes into the game.
Kirshner added the first of his two at 6:29 after each team put together possessions midway through the first. Just seven seconds later, Yealy started his own mini-run, finishing a pass from senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) who cleanly won the faceoff, scooped up the loose ball and fed Yealy right out front for the dip and dunk.
Yealy then finished on both ends of the special teams, scoring on the man-up on a feed from senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis), before registering a man-down goal on the transition at 3:38. With Michigan leading 7-0, Simon Fraser finally got on the board at the three-minute mark, followed by two more goals before the quarter-break to draw within 7-3 while also carrying the momentum into the second quarter.
Reinhard put an end to that, winning the opening faceoff of the second and racing down field before firing for his first goal of the year. Yealy added his third at 12:38, before senior midfielder Jamison Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) cut across the face of the cage and fired to help Michigan regain the seven-goal lead with 10:05 left in the first half. Goldberg was on the other end next time down, feeding Ein for his first of two goals, as U-M increased their lead to 11-3 at 9:25.
Once again however, the Clan didn’t back down, going on another three-goal scoring run in a four-minute span midway through the second. Michigan finally stopped the run with 3:39 left in the quarter on Kirshner’s second tally of the game before fellow senior midfielder Michael Bartomioli (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville – Providence) scored shortly after for the 13-6 lead. McIntyre finished off the first-half scoring on the man-up as the Maize and Blue cruised into the half-time break.
The teams played evenly to open the third, with each team registering two goals in the first half of the period. Michigan finally got rolling again with 5:28 left in the quarter on Yealy’s final tally of the game, before Hrusovsky added his second and freshman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) got in on the action at the :32 mark.
With the Maize and Blue leading 19-8 starting the final frame, freshman midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) scored his first goal as a Wolverine more than seven minutes into the fourth quarter on a dodge from behind the cage. Sophomore midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) scored his first career goal 1:30 later to match the feat, before Ein closed out the Michigan scoring at 6:05. The Clan scored two late goals as the Wolverines earned the 22-10 decision and their fourth win of the season over a ranked opponent.
Statistically, Michigan won every category. U-M outshot the Clan 58-28, and scooped up 64 groundballs compared to 45 by SFU. U-M was 27 of 37 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at an impressive rate, finishing 27 of 29 on clears. Michigan held Simon Fraser to under %50 on clears (16-33) with a strong ride. The Maize and Blue scored twice on eight man-up attempts with SFU scoring once on four attempts.
The Wolverines will travel just outside the outskirts of Ann Arbor to Ypsilanti to take on Eastern Michigan on Sunday afternoon (March 14) at 12:00pm in Rynearson Stadium on the EMU campus. For all of your Michigan men’s lacrosse needs, please visit mgobluelacrosse.com.
● Yealy paced the team in total points with his five goals.
● Kirshner set a career high with four total points (2-2-4). His previous high was two vs. multiple opponents.
● Senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) put together another impressive night at the “X”, winning 22 of 29 faceoffs, while sophomore Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) went 3-6 and freshman Harrison Silver (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay) won both of his attempts.
● Reinhard also led the team with a season-high 15 groundballs.
● Both junior goaltenders, Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) and Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss) each saw a half of action. Stone started the contest and finished with seven saves and seven goals against. Fowler stopped five shots and allowed three goals in the second half.
● With the win, Michigan extends their winning streak to 44 games.
● The Wolverines put together their best first quarter of the season, more than doubling SFU in both shots and groundballs (13-6, 19-7), winning 10-11 faceoffs, clearing the ball perfectly at 5-5 and riding Simon Fraser to 4-9 totals.
● Michigan improves to 1-2 all-time vs. Simon Fraser.
● The Wolverines unveiled their fourth jersey before the game, a grey design with Maize and Blue accents and tackling.
Head Coach John Paul
On his general impressions: “I think we are headed in the right direction. I think we played better tonight than we played in our first three games. We came out strong which is something we’ve been discussing all week. We’re still having some lapses and turning the ball over a bit too much and that is going to limit us in reaching our full potential. Overall though, I’m happy in the direction we’re going.”
On slowing them down: “They’re an explosive team, and you can really see it on the transition. Their sticks bringing the ball down on the transition are amazing and it doesn’t matter how you play it. If they’re coming down on a 3 on 2, they’re probably going to score. When a team is successful like that in the transition, it really becomes about what you’re doing at the other end that is turning the ball over, or what you did wrong on the ride to give them the transition. It’s when you’re not executing in other parts of your game that you’re going to give up those transition attempts.”
On the play of Austin Swaney: “He’s really starting to show the physical tools that he has and he’s starting to put that together on the field and he’s playing more aggressively and confidently so we are rewarding him with some more time.”
On the goaltender platoon: “We didn’t think Stone had a bad first half at all, but we could see what direction the game was going and there isn’t any step down for us in terms of one goalie to another. We wanted to get Fowler some shots against a team that would put some pressure on him and they did.”
On the large crowd: “It’s partly because of the growth of the game, and it’s great to see all of the kids because they get a chance to see some great lacrosse. You can also sense there is more support for us on campus and in the community because we’re winning and it’s a fun sport to watch, it’s as simple as that. We just wish we had a little more room to put them in. You can also sense that the crowd is into it too. They’re cheering at the right times and saying the right things and that’s exciting.”
On the keys to Sunday’s game: “What we are looking for on Sunday is the younger guys stepping up and showing us that they are grasping what we are trying to do. That’s how we are framing it to them. For the team as a whole, it’s just about coming out in these games and executing. Sometimes you can get away with certain things you wouldn’t be able to against a top-10 team, but we really want to see them executing at a high level. It doesn’t matter how many goals you score, it makes no difference. All we want to see is us playing better lacrosse and that’s what we’re hoping to see on Sunday.”