Lacrosse lost to Hopkins today 19-9 in Balitmore. This is the fourth consecutive blowout at the hands of a conference opponent and Michigan has now been eliminated from contention for a spot in the Big Ten tournament in two weeks.
Hopkins is a supremely talented team but Michigan played extremely poorly. Aside from the offense which is overly patient, Michigan looked frantic and undisciplined. They just looked lost and were outplayed. A lot of Michigan's woes can be traced back to poor coaching and I think JP and Michigan will have to take a hard look at making serious changes in the offseason, even at the head coaching spot.
There was an interesting (well perplexing) moment early in the game when Hopkins received an illegal stick violation resulting in a 3 minute unreleasable penalty. With 2+ plus minutes in the penalty, Michigan scored to make it 3-2 and on the ensuing faceoff got a loose-ball push call which gave the ball to Hopkins. Michigan didn't double the ball off the restart and then a minute or so later they didn't double again off another restart. They made a somewhat lame attempt late in the penalty but backed off. For the most part they didn't bother to even pressure the ball and basically let Hopkins sit on it to kill the penalty. The nerd-ass ESPNU announcers were even making fun of the decision not to double. There is no conceivable reason to do what they did and in the case of Michigan Lacrosse Fans vs. Defensive Coach Who Should Be Fired, that will be Exhibit A. It was an exercise in mind-blowing incompetence.
The good news for Michigan is that this was the best season they've had at the Division 1 level. They won 8 games and notched a victory over a ranked opponent. They're much improved from last year in which they were one of the worst teams in the country. And they'll get one more chance to end their season on a high note when they host Penn State in the Big House next week.
Lacrosse lost to Rutgers 14-7 in front of a good spring day crowd in the Big House. But, it was much worse than that; it was 13-3 at one point before Michigan got a few back when Rutgers eased off the gas.
This was not a good L for Michigan. Rutgers is pretty good but Michigan played sloppy and could not stay with them. They were outplayed in every facet of the game. Michigan did not have anyone capable of gaining separation on a dodge or a cut to get off a shot. The offense was stagnant, overly patient and frequently turned the ball over. The defense was equally bad as they let up 8 goals to a freshman attackman, constantly lost cutters and didn't land checks.
The good news: Ian King became Michigan's all-time leading scorer by tallying his 89th career goal. Also - goalie Tommy Heidt played heroically.
This was a bad day for Michigan but they have to put it behind them. They have to get ready for a game Ohio State squad who is ranked #9 and plays really hard. That's next week in the Big House before the spring game. They can't put in another performance like they did today. Here's to hoping they bounce back- Go Blue!
#20 UM Lacrosse takes on #13 Rutgers 11am at Michigan Stadium followed by #18 UM Baseball vs. the Illini 2pm at Ray Fisher stadium. It's free admission for Lax and only $6 for baseball--add Mr Spots wings or a BTB burrito between games and you've got an inexpensive Go Blue day. It's also Kids day for lacrosse --chalk talk before the game (pre-register) with coach Paul, post game autographs, post game shots on the field, plus a few Hey Carl! giveaways at Gate 1 for a few first time visitors (under age 10 please).
THe Michigan Maryland lacrosse game is being televised on ESPNU this afternoon (April 1) at 2pm Eastern time. Should be a good one.
#20 Michigan played their first-ever game as a ranked team today.
The opponent was UMBC (Maryland-Baltimore County) at The Big House in front of 582 fans.
Michigan led 6-4 at half in this one and held on for the 10-7 win. Ian King and Brent Noseworthy scored 6 of the 10 Wolverine goals as they both had their usual hat tricks.
With this win, Michigan is now 1-0 all-time as a ranked team. This will be the first winning season in the program's 6 year history.
Michigan is now 8-1 and will head into B1G play next weekend. Every team in the B1G is ranked.
The Wolverines will open the B1G season at #10 Maryland next Saturday at 2pm on ESPNU.