Mike Spath points out that doing an interview for the official site is a pretty good indicator he'll be back.
Michigan’s defense proved to be no match for Brown’s attack, as the Wolverines fell 22-12 to the Bears at Oosterbaan Sunday afternoon. Two different Brown attackmen scored 4 goals each, and Bears frosh Dylan Molloy matched them with 8 goals of his own (?!) in addition to 5 assists for a jaw-dropping 13-point afternoon.
Brown jumped out a 5-0 lead before Michigan scored twice in the last two minutes to end the first quarter at 5-2. Michigan scored next 3 minutes into the second to cut the lead to 2, which turned out to be as close as we would get the rest of the game. Another run of 5 unanswered from the Bears put the score at 10-3 before the teams traded goals to end the half 12-5 Brown.
Coach John Paul and his staff got the team's attention in the locker room, as Michigan came out strong to start the second half, scoring 3 straight goals to cut the lead to 4 and breathing some life into the team. Brown stretched the lead to six before the Wolverines surged again to cut the lead back to 4 with just 38 second left in the third. That would prove to be the last hurrah for Michigan’s comeback. Brown’s goal with 8 seconds left in the quarter seemingly broke Michigan’s spirit, if not our momentum, and was just the first goal of yet another run of 5 unanswered goals for the Bears that extended the lead to 20-11 only 4 minutes into the fourth quarter. The game ended with a whimper to the final score of 22-12.
The game was going to be the first of the season in Michigan Stadium before cold and snow forced the game indoors, so there was no video or audio for the game making post mortem analysis difficult from just the Gametracker feed. But when the other team’s attack unit has 16 goals and 6 assists, one doesn’t have to dig into the box score too deeply to pin a reason on the loss. Our close D simply couldn’t hang with them, and given how badly our defense was sliding in our last game (televised loss to Jacksonville) I would imagine that was again the reason behind the ridiculous 22 points from their starting attack.
Another stat that jumps out is save percentage. After missing last season to injury, Gerald Logan has been spotty in his return to the cage, and today making only 12 saves with 22 goals against (35% awful). (Brown’s goalie made 14 saves with 12 goals against, 54% respectable). Given how badly it seemed the defense played in front of Logan (see last paragraph) and the number of Brown attack assists, I can only imagine he was facing a lot of point blank shots, and probably more than a few backdoor layups that he could only watch from the other side of the goal. It’s hard to fault a goalie for giving up those sorts of goals. If Michigan hopes to be competitive the rest of the season they will need Logan to return to his freshman form when he was #2 in the NCAA in total saves (211) and #13 in save percentage (56.3 percent).
Michigan was without its top scorer this season, as Ian King didn’t play in the game (undisclosed injury?), which may have kept the game closer but since King doesn’t play much defense I think a best outcome would have been a 20-16 loss.
After a promising start to the season, the Wolverine’s now stand at 3-3 after dropping two straight. Brown is now 4-0 on the year, tied for first in a strong Ivy League, and looking to move up into the teens in the rankings after today’s impressive stomping.
I stated previously I thought the Brown game would be a bellwether for Michigan’s chances of finishing above .500 for the first time this season. Since I first wrote that Michigan has lost 2 games that I thought we would win one of if not both. Our offense seems to be doing okay, but looking ahead I just don’t see 4 more wins on the schedule (to get to 7 wins and over .500) unless the team can find something on defense to keep the games close. After a month of visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, cold reality is setting in as I try not to think about ending the season with only our current 3 wins.
Up next, our boys head to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph’s Saturday 3/14. The Hawks are 2-3 this year, but with two one-goal games could easily be 3-2, or 1-4. A strong effort and a win could turn our season around. That’s why they play the game.
After a rough-but-expected start to the season being shut out 21-0 by #4 Florida on the road and dropping a heartbreaker in OT to Winthrop, the Michigan Women Laxers have battled for back for 3 wins to set a program record for a winning streak.
After winning a 16-14 thriller in Berkeley on Tuesday night, Michigan, in their second year as a Varsity sport, traveled to the Bay Area to take on the Saint Mary's Gaels who aren't very good. At all.
What Michigan did in this game definitely had to boost their confidence. They set records all over the place in this one.
Anna Schueler's sole possession of the Michigan single game goal record lasted all of three days. Incredibly, freshman Mae Tarr came off the bench and tied Schueler's record with 5 goals of her own. Tarr was talked about by coach U on WTKA as a freshman who could contribute this season.
Four Wolverines tallied a hat trick in this one. Tarr with 5 goals, Tess Korten with 4, Jess Angerman and Sophie duPhily with 3.
Michigan's 22 goal offensive burst is a program record for goals scored in a game. The previous record was 19 against Fresno State last season.
Michigan really clamped down on defense in the second half. The Gaels only scored 2 goals in the second half and totaled FIVE shots.
Michigan is now a perfect 5-0 against the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation).
The Wolverines return home from their spring break outing in California on Wednesday night to open Michigan Stadium up against Virginia Tech at 7pm. Game will broadcast live on BTN+.
Didn't get a chance to post this since I went to bed after that debacle of Basketball game last night, but there was a bright spot on the day in Michigan Athletics besides Baseball beating Stetson.
Women's Lacrosse went on the road with a 1-2 record coming off of their first win of the season, an 18-6 blowout win against St. Bonaventure at Oosterbaan.
The Wolverines traveled to California Memorial Stadium to take on the 1-1 Cal Bears in a rematch of their classic 13-12 2OT game from last year that Michigan won.
This year was no different--in result and game pace.
Amazing stats, really. Michigan took 22 shots in the game: they scored on 16 of them for a .727 shot percentage.
The best stat of the game: Michigan had three players with hat tricks. Anna Scheuler set the new program record for goals scored in a game with 5 goals, Kim Coughlan had 4 goals and Jess Angerman had 3.
Michigan is now 4-0 against MPSF teams.
Michigan is now 2-2 after an 0-2 start. They head to Saint Mary's next for a Friday night game.
|Date||Opponent||Result or Time/TV|
|2/14||at #4 Florida||L 0-21|
|2/22||at Winthrop||L 10-11 OT|
|2/28||vs St. Bonaventure||W 18-6|
|3/3||at California||W 16-14|
|3/6||at Saint Mary's||7pm|
|3/11||vs Virginia Tech||7pm/BTN Plus|
|3/27||at Ohio State*||5pm/BTN Plus|
|4/9||at Penn State*||7pm/BTN|
|4/12||at Notre Dame||1pm|
|4/18||at Maryland*||Noon/BTN Plus|
The 3-1 Wolverines are back at D.B. Milne Field--the site of their first win in program history which took place in 2012 against Mercer.
Jacksonville is 1-1 on the season. Their loss was a 20-4 blowout to current #9 Army with their win coming against St. John's by a score of 12-11 in OT.
Michigan played Jacksonville in 2012 two days before they played Mercer in the neutral site game at Milne Field, but they lost to Jacksonville 9-8 in OT. That would have been Michigan's first win had JU not scored in OT.
First televised game of the season. Live on ESPN3.com for free. Faceoff at 7pm.
Michigan had another great game where they raced out to a big lead and rode it to the finish.
Kyle Jackson led Michigan in scoring with 4 goals.
He had a hat trick in the first minute of the 2nd quarter. Michigan was 7-1 at that point and led 8-3 at half.
Michigan is now 3-1, their best start in program history. They play two next week. They'll head down to Jacksonville for a Tuesday night game that will be televised on ESPN3.
Then, next Sunday, they open Michigan Stadium with a game against Brown which will be televised on BTN Plus.
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!