Any word on the devlopments in planning of Elbel Stadium? It said on the old site that in a few years, Elbel will become the official home of Michigan lacrosse.
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I don't believe that's happening anymore. Those plans were for the club team, fully-funded without the help of the Athletic Department. When they announced their move to D-I, the Athletic Department had no interest in going forward with these plans. As far as I know, they will be building up their facilities near the tennis center.
They are currently working on drawing up plans for an indoor ~10,000 seat stadium. It would be a first in the lacrosse world and when combined with the outdoor field the team will also have, it would make michigans facilities best in the country and would quickly help make michigan a lacrosse national power. All we need now is a little money...
So an indoor stadium is in the works.
Elbel is out of the question now, so where will the outdoor field be?
Down by the tennis facility. I think that's unfortunate because it's tough for students to get all the way down there and elbel would have provided atmosphere. Of course it's way better than still being a club team.
It's a little ways down there, but it's not that tough for the students. Sure, they can't walk. But if a group of students decide they want to head to a lacrosse game, this won't deter them. Lacrosse is exciting to watch, and especially against the name opponents, a lot of people will still go as long as it's all well advertised.
Plus I think Dave Brandon will try to make the Pre-Spring Game Lacrosse Game at Michigan Stadium an annual thing.
Right now, Michigan Stadium is the team's home for 4 of it's 5 home games, but it will be more special once the lacrosse only facilities are built.
Very cool. Sounds like this year might be a little tough on these guys but the future is looking bright!
Michigan is playing 4 games against top 20 opponents (2011). Plus games against Loyola, Ohio State, and Notre Dame which all had decent to good seasons last seasons.
It may only be a 2 or 3 win season, but i will take this over club anyday.
Thank you so much for this. I'm a high school lacrosse player and I'm super excited to watch this new team be built up.
He's not a player who could have success at the DI level from X. He has a great skill set but most of his goals came from slipping around the crease when the defenders were not looking, which isn't going to work as well against a DI defense like it did against MCLA teams.
The new women's coach needs to look at some of the 2013's from here in Michigan. There are some very good athletes from the Detroit area, Okemos and Grand Rapids. In fact the 2013's went down to Naples this fall and went undefeated beating teams from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia. I know the head coach is from Maryland and she helped develop Florida with recruits from the northeast but she should take a look at Okemos, East GR, Rockford and Catholic Central
the man! I played for him under Digiovanni at Pioneer in the early 90's and even then he was a great coach. Wishing him and the team good luck next year and beyond!
Brooks - Thank you for the coverage. Since Tim left there's been a bit of a void on lacrosse coverage here (although he's doing a GREAT job on greatlaxstate). I think lacrosse has the potential to be a big-time sport at Michigan, and exposure to new fans at the #1 blog in the country (yes, that's pandering) is helpful to spreading the word and getting people to check it out.
Most lacrosse people expect big things out of this team after they've had a few years to get facilities built and the roster loaded up with D1 caliber athletes. The first couple of years will be difficult, but from every indication so far the future could be very bright.
Every alum I know is planning to come back for the Ohio State game on April 14. The athletic department has already stated that they want to set a new NCAA attendance record that day. That would be a pretty major accomplishment for the first year.
I assume they mean "for the regular season" when they talk about setting records....I believe the NCAA actual record is whatever the capacity of the Eagles' stadium is, 70,000+. I would be absolutely blown away if they can bring in 70,000. The spring football game will help, but I'm not sure that's ever drawn more than 50,000.
If they do manage to set the record, imagine the recruiting implications.
Yes. Regular season. I think the record is around 30,000. Set by Ohio in the Horseshoe a couple of years ago.
The Final Four record is 48.970. Set in 2008 in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
That's the record for the championship game only. The actual record is over 50,000 according to this. I could've sworn I remember UVA playing in front of a sold-out crowd in Philly in 2006 which would've meant 70,000+, but that might've been the NCAA claiming a sellout and never having intended to sell every seat.
If 52,000 is the record then I would be less surprised to see U-M set it since the OSU game coincides with the spring football game.
Yealy of course won't have as great a year as he did against MCLA teams, but he was definitely the best player on the field for the providence game. He also had one drive from the wing that made his defender just look silly. I think he'll still be our leading scorer, with a majority coming from in close but still a few on drives from the outside.
I remember JP saying that Yealy was a HS All-American as a ball-carrying attackman. He switched to a crease role in college, where he obviously fit a need and excelled. He's a great athlete with size and good hands. There's no reason he can't be successful in a more diverse role. Of course, he won't be scoring 80 goals again. But as mlax27 says, he should be the go-to guy for this season. He'll need a lot of help from other guys though.
like that famous vacuum company that the spam filter won't let me mention. Yealy was starting on the wing line on faceoffs because he tended to be able to pick up anything on the floor within reach and his wingspan is such that there was a lot of stuff within his reach. Kids got a great attitude and will do whatever is asked of him.
Will Meter is a great pickup this year. From nearby powerhouse Brother Rice, he had two goals against Providence in the Big House scrimmage.