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|1 week 5 days ago||Unfortunate loss||
The team looked very good at times today. Diving for ground balls, some nice plays on offense and some good saves from Logan. I didn't think the D looked all that bad to be honest. A few bad plays, but a number of bad breaks and penalties really hurt.
The biggest issue we had was face offs. I don't think we won one until the 3rd quarter, and they were able to possess the ball all day, and eventually get some good looks. Had face offs been even I'm guessing this game would have been a lot closer. We were definitely some looks, but didn't have the ball enough to generate them regularly.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||I'll be there||
Will be good to see the team in some nice weather, and hopefully make this an interesting game. Osu is really inconsistent. We have been playing better lately, and getting king back helps.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Blocking||
Isn't this why they invented the blocking rule way back when? I thought I heard it was because guys were going up for layups and getting undercut. That's why you never saw people dunk prior to the 70's or whatever because it was too dangerous to attempt.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Great win||
Team looked good today. D played well, lots of contributors on O, king is back and a conference victory. One more win is likely needed to make the conference tourney.
Tracy was playing attack again and looked good. I know he had at least an assist.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Watched on BTN||
It was definitely cool to see the game at home, in HD on BTN. Maryland was definitely the better team, especially at the X and with their defense. We had a number of poor turnovers to start the game which didn't help either.
Injuries also seem to be hurting this team. King is out, a number of defenders are out, and it looked like Joseph may have gotten hurt yesterday. I know he played early, but then Hernandez ran an awful lot with the 1's. I don't know that I saw the 2nd line middies much either.
It was good to see Tracy pick up a couple points. His dodge from X and goal was impressive. I'd like to see him get some more PT. He seems athletic enough to beat his defenders, which is something this team lacks at times.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||DL||
I would draft DL in early rounds here because there isn't much depth. I wouldn't want to get stuck with the reserves on the DL. I'd also draft RB's and LB's later since we have depth and not a lot of differentiation there.
So in my mind the early draft isn't saying DL will be a strength, so much as it could signal lack of depth. Unless this is like changes in players weight during the offseason, where all news is good news.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Evolving Rules||
The rules of lacrosse have been changing due to concussions. It's basically illegal now to give out a big physical body check. Girls are even wearing helmets in some states, and their rules have no contact at all. The game is still largely the same, but safer.
I'm not sure I can see Football finding a way to change the rules to keep it safer without drastically impacting the style of play.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Good win||
I think today's game was really a 2nd chance at a team like Jacksonville. They were big, strong, athletic, and last year beat us at home much like the JU team beat us last week.
Credit to the defense, goalies and FOGOs. We packed it in and gave up lots of shots, but they weren't great shots. It looked like good team defense. This team was no cupcake given what they did to Virginia earlier in the week. To do this without king and on the road speaks to the effort the team gave today.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Inconsistent||
If the knock on him was that he was inconsistent and not giving full effort during the year, 2 drastically different 40 times doesn't help that concern. Injury? Effort? Or just bad timing by hand today?
Really surprised they didn't use electronic timers. Even my high school had an electronic timer, and that was in the 90's.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||wow||
Judging by the way that we were outshot, Cal only going 2-11 on free positions and us taking 48 penalites (!) I am surprised we won. Looks like we played really smart on offense, and good for the team to take a road win. Tough to get those wins on the west coast.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Movement||
I've seen plenty of movement in prior games. Not sure if we were trying something new last night or not, but I have a feeling the lack of possessions really got us out of synch.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Jax||
They definitely have some guys we would have taken. The recruiting process is very early in lacrosse, . But I would think that their upper classmen should be on par with our upperclassmen by now (KJ, Hernandez, Logan, etc.). It's also not a surefire as football/basketball, and plenty of guys develop late.
This team has historically struggled away from home and outdoors, and tonight they just looked off in a number of respects.
I wouldn't say I'd be ready to throw in the towel on the team or the staff at this point. In lacrosse these types of games happen. If you run up on a match up that doesn't stack up well for your style or personel, that team can give you plenty of trouble.
This is still a "young" team in that they still have to learn how to win these types of games. Win road games, close games, games against top notch opponents or games where faceoffs or penalties don't go your way. Last year we just started to learn to win the easy ones. Now we need to learn the tough ones.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yep||
Started with the face off penalty in the 2nd quarter, then the inability to win a faceoff in the 3rd really hurt them. Faceoffs have been trouble all year, and is really something that could have helped stop the runs in the 3rd quarter.
Beyond that we don't seem to winning any of the 50/50 balls and too many careless turnovers on offense. The guys need to learn how to play up tempo without the turnovers.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
If he's playing in the NFL, I'd prefer he play for the lions rather than against them, assuming he's affordable.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Not bad||
Could be interesting as a "practice helmet". The lacrosse team uses practice helmets, and gets a new design each year. The winged helmet is only for special occassions such as game days.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Fan voting||
Never underestimate the power of Michigan fans to vote for Michigan in online polls! Although only 1 other player had 8 points last weekend, so pretty darn good regardless.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||tickets||
Yep, I agree, you should be able to get tickets, but definitely plan on arriving early. I was there 50 minutes early yesterday, and we got some of the last sideline seats. There were seats behind the goals.
Game will not be televised. The building is too small to put a camera up high. An upset could be possible if this team gets hot and plays well, which they are capable of in that building. Notre Dame is traditionally pretty good on defense and ball control, so I'm excited to see how we measure up.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Yes||
The Ohio state game will be on ESPNU. I think some games might be on BTN too when the big ten schedule starts.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I went||
Seeing it in person really made me believe in this team. I wasn't sure if last week was a fluke since I only saw the score, but Michigan was clearly better today. This team is a significant step up from last year. We are dangerous on offense, and not just one or two middies but all 6 guys. Great ball movement, athletes able to reliably draw a slide and more stick skills than we've ever had. You will see quite a few pretty goals in the highlights.
The defense looked markedly better too. 6 goals, but 1-2 were on EMO and a couple were just mental lapses on cuts near the crease. Our D middies and poles held up really well and often times didn't even have to slide.
We are still young though, and haven't played top 20 teams yet, so I will be interested to see how those games go later this year. Face offs started well but then Detroit seemed to have an advantage. Consistency there will be important.
This should be a fun year to watch this team grow!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Great win||
This was a big win for this team. Great job pulling away in the second half and winning the 3rd quarter. Scoring from quite a few different guys and a nice improvement over last year.
I'm excited for the UDM game next week. Taking my wife on Valentine's day. And what a huge win for them today too, beating Ohio state. This might be a pretty evenly matched game next week.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Absolutely important||
They are by far the most readily available. Employers use them when recruiting (they can't go to every school). High school students use them to determine where to go to college, and thus more qualified/accomplished students end up going to those higher ranked schools.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
Yes, Lax was added because the lacrosse alumni and parents paid for it to be added. Most of the money came from just a few donors, but enough money was raised to endow the program. The athletic department "matched" the donations by adding women's lacrosse. Donors also funded a significant portion of the new facility, although I have much less insight into that. Some of the money probably came from the Stephen Ross donation.
Playing in the big house is pretty cool, and the guys will still probably get a chance to do so once per year after/before the football spring game, but the lax facilities are expected to be the best in the country. This helps with recruiting, as the team is starting to haul in some top-10 classes. The kids believe the university is committed to this new sport and they are putting their money where their mouth is. For such a new program, recruiting classes that highly ranked is an incredible accomplishment.
Lacrosse teams carry usually 45-50 kids, and the average kid gets about a 1/4 scholarship. As the incremental cost of having another kid in a classroom is quite low, and the kid is on average paying 75% of the tuition, the scholarships are not quite as expensive to the university as you'd think.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||S.I.||
Good to see SI pick this up, although I wish it was the full story, which you can actually read on mgoblue.com.
The funny thing is that since we are well into 2018 recruiting, I half thought this was serious when they said a 2023 kid.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
Agree completely. The fact that he can't consistently win 50/50 balls makes me wonder about him being ready for the NFL. If he can't do that at this level, I don't see him being a 1st round pick.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Trend||
I was curious if the numbers this team is putting up would indicate improvement over the season, or regression. I'd love to see some stats pointing to this team getting better over the year (maybe yards per carry), and maybe give me some hope for next year.
It does look like if you ignore App State since they are just terrible, that from ND on, there is a slight upward trend. But probably nothing significant if you account for quality of opponent.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Not all||
Some sports had donors set up an endowment to fund the sport. Certainly most though.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Funchess||
I've been saying for a few weeks that his play doesn't merit a 1st round pick. At this point, he hasn't shown much other than being a freak athlete. He isn't a great blocker, has quite a few drops, looks like he takes plays off or in this case doesn't know the play all together.
And what should be a strength, jump balls, just don't seem to get thrown his way. 2 offensive coordinators and almost no jump balls. Borges would just toss it up to Hemingway or Roundtree, but really didn't for Funchess. I actually wonder if he has good "ball skills" while the ball is in the air or if it's Gardner.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Good find||
Glad that didn't turn out to be true. I think the report of "not back next year" was taken incorrectly.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe not so good||
What happens if DB announces he will stay on through the academic year like ESPN is reporting, thus leaving Hoke's future in his hands? Or making it tougher to hire a Harbaugh?
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Devin||
Devin has said himself that he is willing to play receiver to give it a go in the NFL. Can't remember where I read that but it was recent.