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Lacrosse Team One Open Thread v. Ohio State.
Big things ahead. We're like the people that got to watch the first Michigan football team . . . "What is this odd yet interesting sport, 'ole chap?"
Great documentary on the rigors of playing lacrosse at an elite academic institution that faces similar challenges as Michigan.
[Ed: bump for everyone sticking around for lax Saturday.]
(Saturday's lacrosse game against Ohio State will be the first Michigan game in history truly available for mass consumption, as it will be broadcast on BTN. No paid streams, no hunting around the internet for free ones, no heading to the opponent's website for lame-ass freeze-prone gametracker. Therefore it deserves special treatment, so here is a preview of what you can expect.)
Date/Time: Saturday, April 14; 2:30
Record against the Buckeyes: 0-0
Last matchup: None
Last game: UD 11, U-M 7 (4/7); OSU 10, Hobart 9 (4/7)
Records: U-M 1-10; OSU 5-6 (3-1 ECAC)
(Michigan is an ECAC conference-mate of Ohio, but merely an associate member this season, as not every ECAC team was able to make room on its schedule for Michigan. Therefore our games don't count in the conference standings.)
|Faceoff %||42.0% (54th)||58.0% (54th)||44.5% (47th)||55.5% (47th)|
|Clearing %||71.2% (60th)||76.1% (2nd)||91.0% (3rd)||81.9% (19th)|
|Scoring %||28.7% (51st)||38.9% (57th)||27.8% (54th)||26.8% (7th)|
|O-rating||11.64 (55th)||13.70 (42nd)|
|D-rating||17.94 (57th)||11.99 (8th)|
(Please see first comment for explanation of these statistics.)
Other than perhaps the season opener - and maybe not even that - this is the game that Michigan has been targeting as its biggest all season. It could be because of the opponent; sources tell me that some kind of a rivalry may exist between these two schools. The athletic department, however, has scheduled us a springtime bonanza, with this game directly following the spring football game at the Big House. The weather will be warm but potentially rainy; with any luck the latter will hold off and a five-digit crowd will stick around for this Creator's Trophy showdown.
Yes, I said trophy, though it's not actually at stake this time. The Big Ten lacrosse-playing schools - Michigan, Ohio, and Penn State - have banded together to award a three-way trophy similar to the Commander-in-Chief's trophy. PSU already beat both schools to earn the inaugural Creator's Trophy, and it will stay with the current trophy-holder in the event of a three-way 1-1 tie in any given year.
Ohio last made the NCAA tournament in 2008, and with a first-round upset of 8th-seeded Cornell, the Buckeyes (along with Notre Dame) were at the time considered representative of a Western resurgence (or perhaps just "surgence") in the sport of lacrosse. But they haven't been able to duplicate that success since, as ND has left them in the dust somewhat, and head coach Nick Myers - who was promoted to the head job following that tournament run - may be feeling his seat warm up a little bit. (However, OSU is a football-is-king school, so don't expect the heavy boosters to particularly care, as they would at a place like Syracuse or UVA.)
[Ed: more after the jump.]
Michigan had another hard fought battle at home, losing by a score of 11-7 for the second straight week. Michigan trailed only 6-4 at halftime. A respectable loss today. For the first time ever, Michigan broke out their GRAY jerseys. Very strange site to see. Next week is their final home game of the 2012 season.
UPDATED ECAC Standings
|1. #4 Loyola||4-0||8-0||4/7 W 8-6 at #14 Fairfield|
|2. #9 Denver||3-1||7-2||4/6 W 16-8 vs Bellarmine|
|Ohio||3-1||5-6||4/7 W 10-9 at Hobart|
|4. #14 Fairfield||2-1||8-2||4/7 L 6-8 vs #4 Loyola|
|5. Air Force||0-2||5-4||4/8 vs Bellarmine|
|6. Hobart||0-3||2-5||4/7 L 9-10 vs Ohio|
|7. Bellarmine||0-4||3-5||4/6 L 8-16 at #9 Denver 4/8 at Air Force|
|8. MICHIGAN||0-4^||1-10||4/7 L 7-11 vs Delaware|
^ Michigan is not eligible for the ECAC Championship or ECAC Tournament Championship because they're an affiliate member for the 2012 season. Therefore, games do not count as conference wins or losses in the standings. Likewise for opponent's totals.
A valiant effort by Michigan today. They started out well and let the opponent go on a run as usual, but they fought back and did not let harvard go on a run the rest of the game.
Coach Paul talks about building culture, they are right now. Never giving up.
Updated ECAC Standings
|1) #4 Loyola||3-0||7-0||3/31 W 8-7 vs Ohio|
|2) #15 Fairfield||2-0||8-1||3/31 W 9-8 at Bellarmine|
|3) #10 Denver||2-1||6-2||3/31 W 15-8 vs Hobart|
|Ohio||2-1||4-6||3/31 L 7-8 at #4 Loyola|
|5) Air Force||0-2||5-4||3/31 W 20-4 vs Mercer|
|Hobart||0-2||2-4||3/31 L 8-15 at #10 Denver|
|7) Bellarmine||0-3||3-4||3/31 L 8-9 vs #15 Fairfield|
|8) MICHIGAN^||0-4||1-9||3/31 L 7-11 at Harvard|
^ Michigan is an affiliate member for the 2012 season, therefore, their wins/losses against ECAC teams do not count towards their conference standings because they are ineligible for the ECAC Championship. Wins/losses against Michigan for ECAC teams do not count towards their standing as well. Michigan will become a full-member in 2013.
Away game in Cambridge,Massachusetts. Live Stats, Audio, and Video (fee) available on http://www.gocrimson.com/sports/mlax/index