It's supposed to a beautiful day in A2 tomorrow. Good chance to go see men's lacrosse take on the Bucks in Michigan Stadium at 2. Still a tall order for this team to win this game for a couple more years probably (OSU is #11 and coming off a win over Johns Hopkins), but it's a rivalry game so who knows. OSU had over 2000 at their home game against the Bluejays last week. It would be great to get that kind of crowd for our team this week. That kind of support could help the cause.
The game is on ESPNu if you aren't from the area or can't make it. I fall in the former category, but would love to see a lot of fans there on the broadcast.
Important game for the lax team. It's a safe bet that Maryland and Hopkins take the top two spots in the B1G, and Ohio isn't unbeatable but they're not very likely to fall out of the top four, either. It's basically Michigan, Rutgers, and Penn State fighting for the fourth and final spot in the B1G tournament.
Rutgers is both better offensively and worse defensively than Michigan (according to the efficiency numbers I keep) whereas Michigan has shaken out just slightly worse than average on both sides of the ball. Rutgers is nasty good on faceoffs, though. Should be a very even contest. The loser will have a very, very uphill battle to make the B1G tournament, especially if that's Rutgers, who hasn't yet played Maryland.
Michigan's first B1G lacrosse game is officially in the books. Unfortunately for Coach John Paul and the boys the inaugural game was against #3 Maryland and, not surprisingly, we lost.
We looked just okay in the first half, trailing only 4-1 at half time. Despite having 12 turnovers in the half we were able to control long possessions but were not able to get off (m)any good shots on goal – we had a total of 7 shots in the half; only 2 on cage with 1 goal and 1 save. In the good guys goal Gerald Logan looked very strong, making several key point blank saves to keep the Wolverines in the conversation – Maryland got off 21 shots in the half, Logan made 8 saves and let in 4 goals.
Maryland dominated at the face-off all game, winning 15 of 21, and Michigan was forced to put a long pole at the x. Even this only helped delay the inevitable, as Maryland pulled away in the third quarter to cruise to the final score of 13-4. Maryland outshot us by 20 (41-21) and had 11 more ground balls (30-19). The only stats Michigan won were saves (12-7) and turnovers (14-16). The better team definitely won the day.
Michigan falls below .500 for the first time this year at 4-5. Three of Michigan's four remaining opponents are ranked ahead of them via Laxpower (Michigan is ranked #42, Rutgers is #44), and two are nationally ranked in the polls that matter, as noted.
April 5 vs. Rutgers (4-7)
April 12 vs. #14 Ohio State (8-3)
April 18 @ #19 Johns Hopkins (4-5)
April 25 vs. Penn State (3-6)
In case you are weird and find the 2nd round of the NCAA basketball tournament tediously boring and drama free, Michigan lacrosse is locked in a tight game vs Drexel at the Big House.
It appears Mich went down 3-0 early and battled back and kept it within one and even tying it for most of the game. but the Dragons got an empty netter in the final seconds.
Disappointing close loss to a team that finished in the top 10 last year (although theyre struggling this year). Michigan could have recorded a good home win vs a solid program .
All is not lost however. They still have a chance to win some games in the Big Ten portion of the schedule. Go Blue!