Hey if you're in AA and looking for something to do this afternoon head down to Oosterbahn at 1 to check out men's lacrosse vs. Notre Dame. The Irish are #2 but this is a huge opportunity for 2-0 Michigan to really turn the corner and pick up that signature win. It would be nice to get it against an archrival.
This is also the first official varsity matchup with the Irish (I believe they played in the old days when the rules of varsity vs club were much looser).
Oosterbahn can also be an extraordinarily difficult place to play for a team that has never experienced it. A lot of good teams, even superior teams, come into the fieldhouse and have trouble adjusting. For example, Michigan took highly ranked Cornell to overtime last year in Oosterbahn.
ND struggled against G'town last week, a program that has been down lately, and only came away with a 14-12 victory. So, its possible they haven't hit their stride yet and may be susceptible to an early-season upset.
Unfortunately, it won't be broadcast or streamed so you'll have to go see it for yourself.
Since the program's inception, I've made a lot of predictions that have proved to be wildly off base. But here's another one: Michigan pulls the upset 14-13! GO BLUE! BEAT THE IRISH!
Sophomore Ian King scored 6 goals and had 2 assists (that's really good) in the lacrosse win over Detroit Saturday. For that effort he got Big Ten Offensive player of the week and Inside Lacrosse national player of the week. He led the team in scoring last year as a freshman. As a sophomore he would have been in the varsity team's 2nd recruiting class, so quite a steal for such a young program.
Wins in the first two games are great, but #2 Notre Dame is in town Saturday. In a few years these two programs will be playing rock-em sock-em robot with each other, but it would be a huge upset to get the W this weekend.
Anyone make it out the game tonight? So frustrating that games in Oosterbaan aren't streamed or televised. Sounds like the boys handled Detroit. Beating the Titans isn't a huge win by any means, but for this young program to beat them that badly, especially a week after Detroit upset Ohio State, does make a statement. First time they are 2-0 in their short history as a varsity team.
Looks like King went off. 6 goals and 2 assists. And Schlosser had a pair of goals after scoring 4 last week. Encouraging. Second week in a row the team has dominated the second half, too.
At Oosterbaan Field House, Michigan Lacrosse which is in its 4th season as a program, trailed 7-5 at halftime.
That was about it for Bellarmine. Halftime adjustments? Uh, yeah.
Michigan came out and scored 5 unanswered to take a 10-7 lead, and eventually went on a long scoring run.
Two Wolverines had hat tricks today. Mikie Schlosser and David McCormack both had 4 goals apiece.
Keep in mind, Bellarmine was a team Michigan beat last year in OT for their lone ECAC win. Seeing this result against them is very encouraging.
This is the first win in program history for Michigan in a season opener.
Next up for M Lax is in-state rival Detroit. The two played a CLASSIC last season at Pontiac'c Ultimate Soccer Arena where Michigan won 14-13 in OT in what was essentially a road game.
Michigan takes on Detroit next Saturday at 1pm inside Oosterbaan Field House.
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Just trying to brighten a day or two.
It's alumni weekend for the lacrosse team (they include us old club guys in these, which is much appreciated). I'm sure they picked this weekend back in the summer because, hey who wouldn't want to come back for the biggest football game on the home schedule?
While there will be festivities all weekend, all of the on-field stuff happens Sunday in Michigan Stadium. Alumni game at noon (I would avoid that unless you enjoy seeing a few young guys run circles around a bunch of old has-beens and never-really-weres). You can get a first look at Team 4 in the Michigan vs Fairfield scrimmage at 3:00. It's free.
From all reports this will be a much improved team with three solid recruiting classes on the roster now. Teams usually use these fall scrimmages to play everyone so it's a good opportunity to see some of the freshmen. This also marks the return (I assume) of Gerald Logan, Michigan's highly touted goalie who missed all of last season with an injury. He played last weekend in their scrimmages at Navy.
This is the first year for Big Ten lacrosse, by the way, which now includes perrenial powerhouses Maryland and Johns Hopkins.