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|5 weeks 3 days ago||This video is a year old.||
This video is a year old. They played a shorter version at every game last year.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||While I disagree with you||
While I disagree with you about the potential payoff for lacrosse versus soccer (even this game ended with 15 total goals scored), I do agree this was a boring game. It was bound to happen when two of the slowest pace of play teams in the NCAA played each other on one day of rest. Hopefully more people tuned into the semifinals on Saturday. Both were incredible games with great finishes.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||They didn't say that's where||
They didn't say that's where it NEEDS to happen. They said that's where it is GOING TO happen. We'd all love to see the big football schools add men's lacrosse. That won't happen very frequently for a lot of reasons. In the past 36 years it's happened exactly twice, at Notre Dame and Michigan. Meanwhile a couple of dozen or more smaller D1 schools without football have added men's lacrosse. That will continue to be the trend.
Women's lacrosse will continue to be added at big football schools with regularity. Great Title 9 add.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||How many roster spots does a||
How many roster spots does a men's rowing team have? I just glanced at the Wisconsin roster, and it's huge. You would probably have to add two or maybe even three women's sports to offset those numbers. Can't see that happening.
|11 weeks 6 hours ago||Great write up L'Carp. It||
Great write up L'Carp.
It was a really good weekend for the Big Ten. From a conference that struggled a bit through the season and wasn't expected to get more than one bid to having three bids and all three advance to the final 8. Shows the level that Michigan still has to get to, which obviously won't happen overnight.
For me Albany is the team to watch. They play the game the way it's meant to played...fast. It's very entertaining. Reminiscent of lacrosse in the 80s and 90s. I would love to see them beat ND and get to the final four. Tall order though. ND is probably the most balanced team in the tournament.
Hopkins turned a corner when they played Michigan. Earlier in the season they were losing close games to ranked teams, mostly because their goalies couldn't save a beach ball. Their senior starter played really well against Michigan, and since then you could argue they are playing the best lacrosse of anyone in the tournament.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||But is Michigan strong enough||
But is Michigan strong enough yet to take advantage of that weakness? I think so, but I would be a lot more confident if they were winning faceoffs this season.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||As a club team alum I love||
As a club team alum I love this. JP and the athletic department are clearly building the varsity program (Team Four and all that), but they are also making a real effort to honor the past. It's smart. The club alums are the donors and job network for the current players. The guys from my era had a lot of fun and made great friends playing, and the guys from the last few club teams have a lot of pride in the championships they won. And in Michigan's case, which is kind of unique in lacrosse, the D1 program came about in large part because of the way the club team was built.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Defense is much improved over||
Defense is much improved over the last few weeks. Not sure what people are seeing when they say awful defense. Yes there were a few breakdowns, but overall you can see the improvement. And other than Logan, they are doing it without a single guy who I would call great at that end. No defense, I don't care who you are, can shut down a good offense (and Ohio State has a good, not elite, offense) if the other team has the ball a lot more than you do. Faceoffs are the biggest factor holding this team back. And today there were a few untimely turnovers, both on offense and on clears, that didn't help. I loved the scrap in the first half. Diving for loose balls and flying around.
They just played a muderers row of faceoff guys between Maryland, Rutgers and Ohio State. They survived Rutgers because they actually are a slightly better team and they had just enough offense, but Maryland and Ohio State without the ball isn't going to work out too well. I'm hopeful they can compete a little better for faceoffs in the next two weeks. Hopkins and Penn State are good there, but not like these last three.
If this team beats Penn State and makes the Big Ten tournament that's a success for this year. Everybody picked them to be last of six, and they already are positioned to be 4th or 5th.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||Release says attendance was||
Release says attendance was 800 and some change. To be expected I suppose on Easter Sunday.
I seem to recall that the date of the spring game was changed within the last couple of months, so I would guess that had something to do with it. That and the regime change with both new Jims taking over. Probably other factors too having to do with the Big Ten starting up. I suspect they have less flexibility with their own conference scheduling than they did with the ECAC. I'd love to see them do what Ohio State does with their spring game and lacrosse game combo. They play the lacrosse game first, then have a real game for the spring game, which helps draw huge crowds for both. Winning also helps I suppose.
Huge win yesterday though. Nice to have King back. They got dominated at faceoffs for the second straight week, but this time found a way to overcome that.
Ohio State looked great last night against Hopkins. Chances for an upset depends on which Buckeye team shows up on Sunday. The one last night or the one that laid a goose egg against ND and lost to Detroit. Hopkins, as much as they are struggling, will be a really tough out, especially on the road. That game is their homecoming (yes, they have their school homecoming in the spring at a lacrosse game). Penn State seems to be the best chance to get another win and hopefully lock down a tournament spot.
|17 weeks 9 hours ago||Got to go to the game||
Got to go to the game yesterday. Maryland is a top 3 team for a reason. To be fair, three of Michigan's losses this season are to the current #1, #3 and #10. This is still a much improved team in its fourth year. They just don't have the horses and skill sets that the elite teams do yet.
A few thoughts from this one.
1. Maryland is loaded on offense, but they don't wow you there. They are very methodical. Where they kill you is on faceoffs, where Raffa is a complete animal, and defense/goalie. Michigan didn't get the ball much because of Raffa, and when they did they had a lot of trouble generating quality shots. The Maryland goalie ate up most of the shots they did manage. They are giving up less than 5 goals per game this season, which is insane.
2. Michigan really misses King. As I said, they had trouble getting good shots and then burying them. It can't help to be missing their one legitimate great player on that end, especially against the best defense in the country. I thought the Michigan players were athletic enough to make some things happen offensively, but their sticks let them down a lot with turnovers or bad shot placement, and Maryland jumped all over mistakes like a top-5 team should. Kyle Jackson made some things happen, but he can't do it alone. Shlosser is really fast and explosive, but his stick needs to improve.
3. It was a good crowd, maybe 3,000 or so. Lots of Michigan people. Byrd Stadium is too big for lacrosse, like Michigan Stadium, but they do a good job with the event there as you would expect at a school where lacrosse is really important.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Here's the||
Here's the release;
I think your memory is a little sketchy. That was their second D1 scrimmage. They played Providence at home before that, losing 11-10 in OT. The score against St. Joe's was 9-5. They were down 5-3 at the half. Granted, that was not yet a good St. Joe's team back then. Both teams have been steadily improving since then, but obviously St. Joe's had a big head start as an older program.
They did get smoked 14-2 by Towson that day. Maybe you're remembering that one.
Either way, this was a good win for this team right now. St. Joe's was 11-4 last year and thumped us at home. They almost beat Virginia earlier this week. To win this one on the road without a guy like King after losing two in a row says a lot about their fortitude.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Watched the stream. You can||
Watched the stream. You can really see how much the offense misses King. Schlosser was great until St Joes put their pole on him. Then there weren't a lot of other offensive options. Would really like to see Jackson get back on track. He was so promising the past couple of years but seems like he's mostly ineffective this year. Is he playing hurt?
Great to see the defense step up. Logan is part of that, and he played great, but the defense has been so inconsistent. They played well today, even without regulars like Hatton and Moore (assume both are hurt?). Slides and recoveries were better. Generally better on ball. Were forcing a lot of shots that Logan could save. He did bail them out a few times, but great goalies do that.
Lott had a good faceoff day today, and that made a huge difference. I thought the St Joes guy who was having success late was moving early every time, but they only got the call a couple of times.
Hard to tell from the angle they showed if the Joseph goal in the first OT should have been good or not. It was close.
|21 weeks 11 hours ago||He has a nice comment about||
He has a nice comment about our lacrosse team in that article. Anyone know if Coach Paul had also offered him back when he accepted the OSU offer? Could he play both?
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Coach Paul needs to teach||
Coach Paul needs to teach Mama G how to spell lacrosse.
Nice to the see the boys pulling away from teams that they were close with last year. Definite signs of improvement. Next step is playing close games with top-10 types of teams. That might still be two or three years away, which would still be fast for a new program.
Was wondering when Kyle Jackson was going to blow up in a game. Hadn't happened yet this season.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||You are projecting a loss to||
You are projecting a loss to Drexel? You're right, that will be a tough one. Although they did lose in a blowout to Albany today. I think Brown and St. Joe's could both be really tough as well. Hopefully these next two are wins. Even starting 4-1 with the only loss to one of the top teams in the country is a HUGE step forward.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||IrishLax, Really appreciate||
Really appreciate this post. I think you nailed it about the the ND team. I was hoping for an upset this week based partly on the GTown score and partly on Michigan's two blowout wins, but reality hit today. ND was a national finalist (and ACC champ, which is no joke) last year for a reason and is better this year. Michigan is a fourth year program with three recruiting classes and only one superstar.
The only thing that really surprised me was the faceoff struggles until Michigan apparently started using a pole there. They are an above average faceoff team. But that's often a matchup thing that can sometimes go either really well or horribly wrong despite prevous stats and match-ups.
It's way to early to say if JP is not the guy. As you say, the team is showing very steady improvement and from all reports they are blowing the doors off in recruiting (which Paul is ultimately responsible for) starting with their 2016 class. I played club with him and have so much respect for all that he's accomplished. But who knows? I'd love to see what he can do with a team that is loaded with ND level talent.
I am really happy to see this rivalry starting. As Michigan's program gets better, it's going to be great to see these games turn into battles. Congrats to Coaches Paul and Corrigan for getting it going.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Oosterbaan is definitely an||
Oosterbaan is definitely an advantage, but since the lights were replaced a few years ago I'm always amazed at how bright it is in there compared to the old days. Plus they painted the walls blue recently, which makes seeing the ball a lot easier than most indoor buildings (Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Ultimate where Detroit plays) that have white walls.
I may be wrong here, but I believe that Notre Dame practices and plays on a narrow field in Loftus as well, so the "tight confines" may not be such an advantage. They definitely have a track around their indoor field, so the building is bigger, but I believe they play the football sidelines.
Completely agree that the early season success is encouraging, but Notre Dame is a whole different level. Will be very interesting to see if the boys can hang.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Freddie Hunter. Also, even||
Also, even though he didn't play a ton and ended up playing football for Bo after a couple of years, Paul Jokisch was always throwing himself around.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||"what set them apart was||
"what set them apart was undying school loyalty, a fatherly love of their players, and the utmost integrity off the field."
I think you just described Brady Hoke.
The characteristics you listed were all true of them and many other great coaches, but I believe what set Bo apart (and Woody to be fair) were personalities that were at once unassuming - not wanting to be celebrated, but at the same time filled a room. And they won. That always helps in the fond memories department.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||On a related and more serious||
On a related and more serious note, the lacrosse team actually has Gerald Ford's grandson Christian committed to their 2016 class. He's a top 50 recruit from San Diego. Pretty solid legacy situation there. Wonder if he'll wear 48?
|26 weeks 4 days ago||How is this unique? I don't||
How is this unique? I don't know of any college coach who misses a day for being sick unless it's a serious illness. It's part of the job and not all that weird.
|27 weeks 5 hours ago||Since when does Denver have||
Since when does Denver have just one D1 sport? Their two "major" sports (the ones they consider their big-time sports) are hockey and lacrosse. In fact lacrosse is preseason #1 this season and has made the final four a couple of times in the past few years.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||It was added because Brandon||
It was added because Brandon wanted to add it and because JP had built a monster of a club program that was successful both at winning and raising money. DB always said he was adding it for business reasons. He thought the growth trends showed lacrosse would be a much bigger sport in the future and wanted to be on the front end of that. The money that was raised was not nearly enough to endow the program. That would take 20 or 30 million at least. DB said it was just to offset costs the first couple of years.
If the average cost of a scholarship is about $50k, and lacrosse gets 12.6 (the NCAA limit), that would make the annual cost to the athletic department $630,000. Not insignificant, but won't break the bank.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Can't answer that, but I do||
Can't answer that, but I do know the team won the department's community service award two years ago. Since then they switched to recognizing individuals, and Jeff Chu was one of the winners last year. So they take that role seriously.
|35 weeks 3 hours ago||Only the 3rd varsity athlete||
Only the 3rd varsity athlete or are you including all athletes? Abdul was on the varsity-club lacrosse team. Won the Rhodes and the Marshall and was commencement speaker in 2007.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Football and basketball||
Football and basketball generate net revenue, although you could remove the basketball revenues and barely notice the hit to the overall budget. Hockey is more or less break-even and made money in the Big Chill year because of that one game. No other sport at Michigan makes more than it spends.
But it's not quite that simple. Facilities are paid for mostly through donations. Some scholarships and coaching positions are endowed. Other revenue sources bring in a lot (BTN, donations, sponsors, etc.).
I do know that in the case of lacrosse the first few years of operating expenses were covered by donors. I know this because I'm one of them (although my check was pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things).
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Maryland lacrosse, both men||
Maryland lacrosse, both men and women, are also very good.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Obviously none of you, in||
Obviously none of you, in fact, played lacrosse.
LaCrosse = city in Wisconsin.
lacrosse = sport
no capital C
Sorry, pet peeve. Back to discussion...
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Or even the lacrosse team.||
Or even the lacrosse team.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Varsity lacrosse||
Varsity lacrosse (obviously).
Night football games. I wish we played one or two every year. Best atmosphere I've seen in my 50 years of going to games. The wins in those games don't hurt.
Support for all non-revenue sports. Important to remember that new facilities come from donor gifts, not from ticket revenues. Many of those donors wouldn't give for other causes. They want to see their names on buildings and/or direct their money that way. More power to them. Also important to note that while lacrosse is a non-revenue sport, they raised a ton of money on their own to kickstart the varsity program and probably brought of lot of additional potential donor support in the future.