Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
Michigan Lacrosse Going D1 A Game Changer
This is very exciting for the program and it sounds like they could quickly become one of the top D1 schools for lacrosse.
Michigan hasn't posted it on their website, but the 2012 lacrosse schedule was published in a propaganda publication called "NCAA Champions Magazine." The schedule can be seen on page 47 here:
Sunday, February 12: vs Detroit (at Pontiac)
Saturday, February 18: at Penn State
Saturday, February 25: at Denver
Sunday, February 26: vs Air Force (at Denver)
Friday, March 2: at Jacksonville
Sunday, March 4: vs Mercer (at Jacksonville)
Wednesday, March 7: LOYOLA (MD.)
Saturday, March 17: BELLARMINE
Saturday, March 24: MOUNT ST MARY'S
Saturday, March 31: at Harvard
Saturday, April 7: DELAWARE
Saturday, April 14: OHIO STATE
Saturday, April 21: at Rutgers
Saturday, May 5: at North Carolina
Michigan plays 5 of their 7 ECAC opponents (full conference play doesn't start until next year). A few marquee games, although only the Ohio State game is a marquee home game. Disappointing that Notre Dame isn't on the schedule, but maybe next year.
I assume the first game is at the Silverdome (?) I don't know where else you could play lacrosse in Pontiac in mid-February. The Ohio State game, I think, will be at Michigan Stadium, or at least that is the rumor. The other home games I guess will be at Oosterbaan, although that is a far from ideal venue so maybe the soccer stadium could be used--I don't know.
The newly minted varsity lacrosse team had two scrimmages today, neither one of them turning out very well. Last week Michigan lost a close on in OT to Providence; today, they were beaten by St Joseph's and crushed by Towson.
Towson isn't much to worry about. Lousy season last year but Towson is typically a solid team, and they had five one-goal losses. But St. Joe's is almost always pathetic.
Takeaway for those looking forward to Michigan's first NCAA lax season next year: the entire gamut of scrimmage caveats applies, but Michigan was 1-3 in the fall scrimmage season (the win was D-III Concordia) and it kind of underscores the challenges we'll see in the spring. You'd have liked to see a win over St. Joe's.
Found this interview with a member of Michigan's inaugural varsity recruiting class, defenseman Ryan Breen.