...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
It looks like Nike has started doing a lacrosse event they are calling "The Ride" that is based on their SPARQ football stuff. A couple of links...
Notable are the two 2014 UM commits, Heidt and Young, who were there. Both got mentions.
Typical mountain of Nike swag...
As always for more detailed lacrosse coverage head over to Tim's site. http://www.greatlaxstate.com
Congratulations to Michigan Men's Lacrosse which was one of six D1 Lax teams to record a perfect 1000 in the Academic Progress Rate. Great accomplishment for the STUDENT-athletes.
Also congrats to Villanova, Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Colgate and Bucknell who also scored a 1000. And Duke and Yale who came in at 997.
Per BTN. JHU will be an affiliate member. http://btn.com/2013/06/03/big-ten-adds-lacrosse-johns-hopkins-men/
Edit: Press release can be found here.
The NCAA lacrosse selection show was last night. Despite the struggles of our first two seasons it was nice to hear the commentators mention Michigan as a program that will get there soon and do some damage when we do. Good to see objective observers who know the game believe in where we're headed.
As for the brackets, this tournament is the most wide open I can remember. Coming off the Loyola national championship last year this is more evidence of the slow changing of the guard as parity hits lacrosse. No Hopkins for the first time in 41 years. No Virginia. Ohio as the 3 seed. 10 years ago if you would have said that someday 3 of the top 4 seeds would be ND, Ohio and Denver any blue blooded east coast lacrosse person (me) would have called in the men in the white coats.
In a local side note, Detroit made the tournament for the first time in their five year history as a program. They beat Siena in OT yesterday to get their AQ. Good for them, but thank God for the MAAC. They sport a 5-9 record with all 5 wins coming in the conference.
If you are in the midwest, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is a quarterfinal site on the 19th. Not sure why they picked Indy (must be the same guys who choose Frozen Four sites), but it's the first time a quarterfinal has been anywhere west of the Appalachians. Go if you're nearby.
Michigan picked up their first win of the season and second win in program history today over St. Joseph's (5-9) today 11-8. Michigan played an outstanding game and dominated in every section besides the final score.
This is Michigan's first home win in program history, first win at Michigan Stadium, first win on senior day, and first win over a power conference team.
Next up for Michigan is #1 Denver on Saturday, 4/27 at 3pm EST. That one will most likely be ugly but it's nice to avoid a goose egg.
Michigan's annual game against Detroit which was supossed to have been the first night game in lacrosse at Michigan Stadium yesterday was on weather delay twice.
UDM led 4-3 early in the second period before the game was ultimately suspended and the fate of it was supossed to be announced today.
Well earlier in the day, Michigan & UDM decided not to continue the game and just cancel it. Michigan now only has one realistic chance at winning a game this season and it's Saturday against St. Joe's. Then they will go on the road to Denver for the season finale. (Will be final game since only top-4 make it to ECAC Tourney)