For the second straight year Inside Lacrosse has ranked the incoming class in the top 20. Considering this is only the second recruiting class in Michigan lacrosse history, not bad. Need maybe one more class and these youngsters in the first two classes to grow up, and the corner may be turned from struggling start-up program to competitive program on the rise.
Michigan's newest varsity sport, women's lacrosse finally unveiled their schedule today.
They will play ALL of their home games at Michigan Stadium. WLAX is the first women's sport as a tennant in The Big House since Field Hockey in the earlly 70s.
Michigan will play this season and this season only in the American Lacrosse Conference. The ALC is made up of Florida, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio, Penn State and Vanderbilt. Northwestern is a dynasty and it is pretty well documented.
The women should have a much better season than the men did in their innaugural year since they are starting out with a team of scholarship players unlike the men who had club players.
* indicates ALC Game
Note: Michigan has a game against Vanderbilt. The date and time is still yet to be scheduled.
|3/16||at Johns Hopkins*||1pm|
|3/23||at Penn State*||1pm|
|3/30||vs UC Davis||1pm|
|4/26||vs Fresno State||4pm|
|ALC Tournament (Evanston, IL)|
|5/9||First Round (Campus Sites)|
|5/11||Second Round (Campus Sites)|
|5/17||Quarterfinals (Campus Sites)|
|5/23||Semifinals (Towson, MD)|
|5/25||Championship (Towson, MD)|
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.