in town for free camps
This game is a really interesting one. Can Michigan steal one from Johns Hopkins who is having a down year? I'm thinking probably not but who knows?
Faceoff in 5 minutes on ESPNU.
The Michigan men’s lacrosse Team Four honored the proud club team history by wearing commemorative uniform patches for Sunday’s game versus Ohio State, and in a brief but meaningful ceremony paid tribute to the founding of the club lacrosse team in 1965. Transcript follows:
“Ladies and gentlemen at this time the University of Michigan athletic department would like to recognize the men that laid the foundation for Michigan lacrosse as we know it today. We honor Bob Gillon, Bill Moller, Bob DiGiovanni, and Bill Fleischman. In 1965 these four students took it upon themselves to start a lacrosse team, and 50 years later that team has evolved into an athletic department varsity sport and competing member of the Big Ten. On the field today representing those four men is Bob DiGiovanni, one of the founding members of that 1965 team. Mr. DiGiovanni was a leader of the program for 33 years as a player and a coach. Mr. DiGiovanni please accept this plaque as a sign of our gratitude and appreciation for laying the foundation for our lacrosse program here at Michigan.”
It's supposed to a beautiful day in A2 tomorrow. Good chance to go see men's lacrosse take on the Bucks in Michigan Stadium at 2. Still a tall order for this team to win this game for a couple more years probably (OSU is #11 and coming off a win over Johns Hopkins), but it's a rivalry game so who knows. OSU had over 2000 at their home game against the Bluejays last week. It would be great to get that kind of crowd for our team this week. That kind of support could help the cause.
The game is on ESPNu if you aren't from the area or can't make it. I fall in the former category, but would love to see a lot of fans there on the broadcast.
Important game for the lax team. It's a safe bet that Maryland and Hopkins take the top two spots in the B1G, and Ohio isn't unbeatable but they're not very likely to fall out of the top four, either. It's basically Michigan, Rutgers, and Penn State fighting for the fourth and final spot in the B1G tournament.
Rutgers is both better offensively and worse defensively than Michigan (according to the efficiency numbers I keep) whereas Michigan has shaken out just slightly worse than average on both sides of the ball. Rutgers is nasty good on faceoffs, though. Should be a very even contest. The loser will have a very, very uphill battle to make the B1G tournament, especially if that's Rutgers, who hasn't yet played Maryland.
Michigan's first B1G lacrosse game is officially in the books. Unfortunately for Coach John Paul and the boys the inaugural game was against #3 Maryland and, not surprisingly, we lost.
We looked just okay in the first half, trailing only 4-1 at half time. Despite having 12 turnovers in the half we were able to control long possessions but were not able to get off (m)any good shots on goal – we had a total of 7 shots in the half; only 2 on cage with 1 goal and 1 save. In the good guys goal Gerald Logan looked very strong, making several key point blank saves to keep the Wolverines in the conversation – Maryland got off 21 shots in the half, Logan made 8 saves and let in 4 goals.
Maryland dominated at the face-off all game, winning 15 of 21, and Michigan was forced to put a long pole at the x. Even this only helped delay the inevitable, as Maryland pulled away in the third quarter to cruise to the final score of 13-4. Maryland outshot us by 20 (41-21) and had 11 more ground balls (30-19). The only stats Michigan won were saves (12-7) and turnovers (14-16). The better team definitely won the day.
Michigan falls below .500 for the first time this year at 4-5. Three of Michigan's four remaining opponents are ranked ahead of them via Laxpower (Michigan is ranked #42, Rutgers is #44), and two are nationally ranked in the polls that matter, as noted.
April 5 vs. Rutgers (4-7)
April 12 vs. #14 Ohio State (8-3)
April 18 @ #19 Johns Hopkins (4-5)
April 25 vs. Penn State (3-6)