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MLAX vs Detroit Open Thread EDIT: M wins 14-13 in OT!
Sorry about the formatting everyone. I swear there were paragraph breaks when I wrote it (and still show up when I edit). Blame the phone.
Grab a win here... It would really set a good tone for the start of this season. Michigan needs to establish themselves as a middle-of-the-road team.
It is at Ultimate Sports in Pontiac and tickets are $10. They look to be still on sale at UofD's ticket website for home printing. If there are any left they will sell them at the door, but the sold out by game time 2 years ago.
Not to be rude to anyone but can we not have the game threads be chock full of goal announcements and nothing else? Anyone can follow Gametracker to learn when a goal gets scored. Discussion is so much harder when the thread has 40 posts, 30 of which just say "GOAL!!" Admittedly discussion is not that easy in the first place when it's not on TV, but regurgitating the info from Gametracker interrupts everything and makes actual comments difficult to notice.
I agree with you on that, though these lacrosse threads aren't as widely read as the hockey ones, for example, so hopefully that won't be the case.
It's hard to keep that from happening in hockey threads, for example, but if you feel that numerous "GOAL!" posts are becoming an issue in this or future threads, do let me know and if available I can go though and cut the number down if not eliminate them entirely. We have almost 30 varsity sports and they all deserve consideration. Let me know either in the mod sticky or on Twitter - I will check both periodically.
Don't get me wrong, I think it's weird that WD talks to himself for 40 posts, but that's really not stopping you or anyone else from posting analysis.
It would also be a win over an already established program (unlike Mercer) which is an indication Coach Paul and the staff have Michigan moving forward.
U of D's program is really only two years older than Mercer's. Mercer is in their 4th year, Detroit in their 6th. Rather more accomplished, though, with a conference title last season. Higher on the national pecking order. A win would be a step up from beating Mercer.
Moreso than just program age (even though 6 and 4 years is a non-negligible difference) I meant more about program accomplishments and competitiveness. Mercer has been a bottom feeder as long as they've existed, but Detroit has seen some success the last couple years.
D-1 Programs. There are D-3 lacrosse programs in the state of Michigan as well.
You are exactly right. Club programs as well. Sorry if the D1 implication wasn't clear.
I'll be there shortly. Short drive from where I'm at.
Will have pics etc. later.
I was on my way when I realized it would be a good idea to call ahead...of course it was sold out.
I don't know what I was thinking, not buying a ticket in advance. I was at the last Ultimate Soccer game and it was packed...
Good sign for UM
edit: he's 3-4 already (one violation by Det?)
Michigan starts out 2-0 about 3 minutes in.
Portnoy scores his second goal, M up 4-2 with under 4min in the 1st.
Tim will like the free possessions generated by Lott
Detroit calls a TO with 2:28 left in the first. Michigan up 6-2 off a goal from Ian King. Strong start for the Wolverines.
That last recruiting class of guys before we turned D1 is turning into a very good bunch for not being "scholarship" players. Gembis, Joseph, McCormack, and Portnoy all starters. Francia key contributor as well. And Will Meter was the first one of that class to really contribute too.
Michigan up 7-2 after the first quarter. Remember the big concern was that our starting goalie is out for the year and we're starting a true frosh in net.
UD scores two quick goals, M up 7-4.
Michigan being outscored 4-1 in the second quarter, still up 8-6.
8-6 halftime score.
Is it too soon to declare marked improvement in this team, of the kind we wanted to see? I'm thinking not. They treated Mercer like you're supposed to treat Mercer and are up 8-6 instead of down 4-3 to Detroit (which was the score last year when the game was halted.)
Seems to me we should be taking more advantage of their freshman goalie...
Let's see how this one plays out. Detroit was a much better team last year than this year, so a 3 goal swing might not mean a lot about Michigan's improvement.
@umichlacrosse: Shots, 26-16, Lott 12-16 on FO's, GB's 22-18, clears 12-of-15, Zonino 4 saves. King had 8 shots, Porty, DMac 2g., 1a. apiece #GoBlue
Tie game, 9-9. Fun Fact: Robbie Zonino's twitter handle is Finding_Nino.
After starting the game 7-2, M is now now 10-9. Need to get it going again.
M ties it at 11. 8 minutes left.
Is this in tv somewhere?
M up 13-11 with 4 minutes to go.
We get this?
Headed to overtime, tied at 13.
Kyle Jackson scores we win! 14-13! Go Blue!
Kyle Jackson with the OT winner!
Nice. If my memory serves me correctly that means we've already exceeded the teams season wins total of any prior year and we're only three games in. Nice progress.
And halfway to my season prediction of four wins. UDM was one of the teams I figured as a step above the worst teams on the schedule, so we're ahead of pace.
I also had four wins, and Detroit wasn't one of them. This bodes well for exceeding that number, and will look better to recruits.
The big thing here is that Michigan is closing out a game. Last year we lost a handful of close games late, and in our first real test of the year (both previous games were decided by the fourth) we were able to make up a 2 goal deficit and win in OT. Close wins are a lot better than close losses.
"First you lose big, then you lose close, then you win close, then you win big."
-Bobby Bowsen, via, sigh, Rich Rodriguez
Anyone fill me in on how the OT went? (I know they won, but not much else)
Was at the game with my 2yo and 3.5yo sons, and left with 1:30 left on the clock with Michigan holding the ball. I hate leaving games early but I figured it being past their bedtimes was a good reason. Bad decision.
Michigan was pretty much dominating the faceoffs, but after the first 8 UM goals, UD's defense really tightened up and kept Michigan from getting many good looks until later in the 4th Q.
What a great win for this team. They have definitely taken a step forward from last year. They are still very young and prone to mistakes and mental lapses, but when they were on, they were able to impose their will.
Brad Lott should get the game ball. He was completely dominant on face offs. UDM just had to put a long pole out there and hope to win the ground ball. He was also dominant in the 4th and overtime, when it really counted.
One guy I was disappointed in was Kyle Jackson, right until the 4th quarter. For a while, it looked like he was just content to pass off the ball to his teammates, and wasn't being aggressive. That was the same fault I had as a player, so maybe I was being too critical. Thankfully though, when the game was on the line, he took control, and netted a hat trick. With the game on the line, you want your best players to step up, and he certainly did tonight, along with a few others.
Ian King will be a star.