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Lacrosse finished up their season today with a 14-9 loss at Penn State. The Nittany Lions jumped out to an early lead and Michigan couldn't really keep up.
After winning 5 games each of the last two years, Michigan finishes 3-10 on the season and on an 8 game L streak (they haven't won a game since March 5th). They dropped a lot of close games and we can only wonder what could've been. Guess we'll have to wait til next year.
Michigan had to deal with some injuries to key players which may have cost them some games. But, injuries can't explain bad mistakes that cost them other games. This season very easily could've gone the other way.
But, with a decent crop of seniors on the way out and a team that still hasn't enjoyed any success, the present state of the program is pretty discouraging. They'll have to make some changes for next year. Can't wait til I can watch them in the NCAAs and Final 4 - maybe one day...
Lacrosse has a chance to pull an upset against Big Ten rival Hopkins today in the Big House at 5:00 PM. I don't know what its like in Ann Arbor but its a nice day for a game here on the east coast so if you're in town you should head down and check it out. According to Inside Lacrosse, game will be aired on Big Ten network.
Hopkins is ranked high right now largely based on wins over Syracuse, Towson and Navy. They're beatable though - they needed one goal games to get past Ohio State and Penn State the last two weeks and lost to a bad UVA team. Plus they have plenty of kids with awful lacrosse names like "Shack Stanwick", "Wilkins Dismuke" and "Holden Cattoni".
In the unpredictable, topsy-turvy parity-filled world that is this year's college lacrosse season, one thing is certain: Michigan still sucks. They've been blown out by really good teams and they've lost to some of the worst. They've shown an ability to hang with some good teams but can never manage to pull out a victory. It's been a very disappointing season.
This one is not likely to go Michigan's way either. But, I'm the eternal optimist and always hold out hope they can do it. In almost every week this season a top 10 team has gone down to an unranked opponent - maybe today is Michigan's day.
UPDATE: Michigan hung with Hopkins for most of it, just out of striking distance for most of the game, even cutting the Jays lead to 3 late in the 3rd. But, letting up 19 goals, even to a good team like Hopkins is not good.
They are now eliminated from making the Big Ten lacrosse tournament and will likely finish the season 3-10.
The good news: 2,784 fans came out for a beautiful senior day.
Good afternoon team,
When I was just a little Koala I started having the same dream. I'm walking threw a dim tunnel with only the sound of a water drop every few seconds and my feet shuffling through the dark water. At first it seems like a sewer, but then I realize it was clean and sterile. There is a different kind of smell. It smelled like a metal shop or a blacksmith or welding. Down a bit there is a yellow light shining from an connecting tunnel. I am absolutely terrified of this light. I'm icy cold and trembling as I continue toward the light. The fear is blinding and repulsive like it represents all the horrors in the world happening all at once. I always wake up before I get to it, but it takes me about 15 to 20 minutes for my brain to get right.
Last night, I was awake in my office brewing some spring aged balsamic and at arund 12:15 I suddenly felt off balance. It was like time had sputtered and the hearing went out in my right ear leaving that high pitched sound, but it didn't go away. I smelled that same metallic smell only very faintly and my computer flashed a murky yellow for a split second. It so fast, but I saw it. My heart rate skyrocketed and then I woke up lying on the bathroom floor with the shower on. I went back to my office and the balsamic was there and it was 12:23. Only a few minutes had past.
Has anyone else experienced a glitch in the matrix or a weird unexplained experience and wondered what happened? I don't use substances during balsamic season to ensure high quality so it can't be that. I don't know how to feel about this.
PS Marsupial Monday will be happening one of these days soon.
Men's lacrosse looking for its first Big Ten victory of the season vs Rutgers today. Michigan took an excellent Maryland team to the brink last week, only to lose in the last 43 seconds. They did that without their top two offensive weapons, Ian King and Kyle Jackson.
Even though it was a tough loss, it was Michigan's most encouraging game of the season. I would like to think it bodes well for their chances in the Big Ten portion of the schedule, but this team and this season has been pretty unpredictable (the college lacrosse season as a whole has been very unpredictable so far).
Rutgers is not the weak link in the Big Ten as they have been in the past few years. They're pretty good right now and are coming off a solid beating of Johns Hopkins last week. The Scarlet Knights are 8-2 with their only losses coming against a top-10 Stony Brook team and Princeton (they suck this year but a loss vs Princeton will never look too bad).
According to Inside Lacrosse there is a stream of the game on BTN2GO (which you need a log in for which I don't have).
Men's lacrosse kicks of Big Ten play vs the Terps this afternoon in the Big House. Michigan has had a week and a half off to prepare for what will likely be their toughest Big Ten opponent.
If recent losses are any indication, Michigan should be in for a long afternoon. Maryland is now 6-2 with their only losses to Yale and ND, probably the two best teams in the country.
Hopefully Michigan can at least play well enough to stay in it and make the Terps earn it.
Game is on Big Ten Network! Go Blue!
Missing its two best offensive weapons, Ian King and Kyle Jackson, men's lacrosse fell 7-6 to Marist in the cold, driving rain in the Big House. Michigan held a 3 goal lead in the 4th quarter but couldn't hold off Marist despite a heroic effort by goalie Gerald Logan.
This was one of the last winnable games on the schedule before Big Ten play starts. The Terps come to the Big House next Saturday, April 2.