Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Double feature today for me, but I had to post this being a Lax season ticket holder and thrilled for the progress we saw last season.
The first year of B1G Lax is upon us. And looky who popped up on the schedule.
Boy, they like to run from Michigan in the sports where Michigan kicks their ass, but they sure like playing us in sports we've had for less than 15 years (men's soccer & men's lacrosse).
This schedule is loaded. My mouth is watering. I hope we get ND at The Big House instead of Oosterbaan, but it looks like ohio will be the Battle in The Big House IV game on April 11th.
Looks like the Lacrosse schedule has also tipped off when the 2015 Spring Game will be for Football since 'Battle is held after it.
It's gonna be a great year in 2015. Progress. Team 4.
Two pieces of interesting lacrosse news:
Conor Ford has been hired as the lax team's new Offensive Coordinator. My reading of the tea leaves sees this as a very positive development for Michigan lacrosse. This is a lateral move from a program that has been on the upswing. Ford is a branch off the Hopkins coaching tree, having been Brian Voelker's OC at Penn and later at Drexel when Voelker moved there. (Voelker was an assistant for Bill Tierney at Princeton and he was Dave Pietramala's D Coordinator at Hopkins before taking over as Head Coach and Penn.)
In other news, Michigan grad Harrison Fried is a starting defenseman for the Israeli national lacrosse team, which is currently tearing it up in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships. Team Israel has made the quarterfinals, where it is playing against Australia tonight on ESPN3. (although Israel has a good chance to win through to the semis, their Cinderella run will come crashing down at that point, as they would face Team USA)
Every year Mike O'Leary, who played for the club lacrosse team, produces a video about the current year's team that they debut at the banquet. Mike worked for NFL Films at one point and has a bunch of emmys for sports shows and documentaries. His NFL Films experience is pretty evident in his lacrosse videos. He did a bunch of stuff for the University of Miami's athletic department too that won some awards. He comes up with a different theme every year. This year's version is called The Will. Be warned, it's about 12 minutes long.
1 seed fairfield ended Michigan's 2014 season early this evening by a score of 12-5. The amount of progress this team has made this season has been incredible. If you double their win total from the last two seasons combined, you still wouldn't equal this year's total.
The 7 seed Michigan Women are taking on 2 seed ohio in the ALC Tournament First Round right now. The women had a good first season in terms of wins, going 4-12. Tonight will hopefully be redemption for the team against ohio who beat Michigan 18-3 back in April.
Here is the link for the Women's game at 8pm- http://apps.ohlulz.com/ncaa/?f4m=http://cbsicollege-lh.akamaihd.net/z/445323_big109UMGS@141281/manifest.f4m
A very historical day for Michigan Lacrosse.
The ECAC Lacrosse League announced their All-Conference honors today. Kyle Jackson has been named to the First Team All-ECAC.
For some perspective, Michigan Football's first first team all-conference selection was Willie Heston in 1902.
Basketball's first was in 1947-48 with Pete Elliott.
Brad Lott was named to the All-ECAC Second Team becoming the first in that category, as well.
In addition, FOUR Wolverines, the most of any school in the league, were named to the All-Rookie Team. Ian King, Mikie Schlosser, Andrew Hatton & Robbie Zonino.
The future is now for Michigan Lacrosse. They have the opportunity of a lifetime this week. They win two games in a row, they're IN the NCAA Tournament.