John Paul, the first ever coach of Michigan Varsity Lacrosse, has supposedly accepted a head coaching job in the PLL, the Premier Lacrosse League. This is a new league starting in 2019 featuring the best players in the sport including names like Paul Rabil, Tom Schreiber, Kyle Harrison, Brodie Merrill, Myles Jones, and Michigan's current assistant coach, Justin Turri.
Michigan's Lacrosse schedule was announced today. Head Coach Kevin Conry and the boys have a big season ahead of them. Kevin Conry is in his second season as head coach in Ann Arbor. He led the Wolverines to their first Top 20 road win last year when they beat #4 Notre Dame in South Bend. This wasn’t the lone Top 20 road win for the Wolverines last year. In the last game of the regular season, the Wolverines scored a game winner over the Nittany Lions in overtime at Happy Valley.
I know many of you won't care, but for those who find lacrosse interesting in the slightest, the schedule this year is going to be an interesting one even though it hasn't been officially announced yet. I found 11 games out there, but I'm sure there will be more added later.
1. Ohio State's lacrosse schedule came out today, and it officially announced The Game (lacrosse version) will be on the last weekend of regular season play. Previously it was on the third weekend of Big Ten play.
I know we're closing in on football season and regular season lacrosse is still six months away. However, there's been significant news this offseason in lacrosse not only about Michigan, but also the future of the sport, so let's get to it.
1. Michigan is playing Boston University in Saint Louis on the weekend of October 20-21 to cap off a youth tournament that is supporting the Saint Louis Children's Hospital.
After some passport issues the team finally left for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship tournament in Israel last night.
Their first game is today, a huge matchup with USA at 8:30p in Israel. Set the DVR for ESPN2 1:30pm EST
Michigan will be hosting the Big Ten men's lacrosse championship tonight at 7pm. #1 Maryland (RPI) will be taking on #7 Johns Hopkins.These are the top two teams in the B1G and longtime rivals that should make for possibly the best match ever held in Michigan.
The semifinal on Thusrsday between OSU and JHU was easily the best, most exciting lax game I've been to in ten years of fandom. Good defense and goaltending, bench clearing brawl, last second win, a large contingent of obnoxcious Buckeye fans all contributed to the memorable night.
Hoping for more of the same tonight either in person or on BTN.
What an unbelievable day for both Michigan Women's and Men's Lacrosse.
As you know in the thread from earlier, the Men upset #14 Penn State earlier today with a 10-9 OT victory on the road.
Well, it was a doubleheader today over there in Sad Valley as the Michigan Women faced the #16 Nittany Lions.
Was an unbelievable sequence to end the game.
PSU raced out to a 6-0 lead but Michigan climbed back to make it 6-4 and just hung around all game from the point on.
PSU's lead got trimmed eventually to 9-8 when Molly Garrett scored, and then she tied the game at 9-9 with another goal. PSU took a 10-9 lead but Lilly Grass tied it with 2 minutes to go.
PSU scored with 27 seconds left to take an 11-10 lead, with their team celebrating like they had already won the game. Apparently they didn't watch the Men's game earlier. PSU retained the ball due to a foul after the goal but Michigan forced a turnover and Catherine Granito scored in transition to tie the game with 6.2 seconds left.
And then, on the ensuing draw..........pandemonium. Maggie Kane off the draw grabbed the ball and raced down field, got the shot off in time and SCORED with 0.0 remaining!!
Michigan upsets #16 Penn State, 12-11. The biggest win in program history BY FAR.
The season ends with a 7-10 record, 2-4 in the B1G.
First win in program history over a ranked team, the most wins in a single season in the program's 5 year history. And for the first time.........real and tangible progress. Wins over Ohio State and not just competing with ranked teams like Navy, Johns Hopkins and Penn State but beating Penn State.
Props to Warde Manuel for both of these hires. Today has been one hell of a building block to go into next season.
The men's lacrosse season concluded today at Penn State. Michigan came back from a 7-5 deficit to get the win. They finished with an 8-6 record and got their second ever Big Ten conference win. The other one being a victory over Rutgers in the Big House back in 2015.
This also gives Michigan two wins over top 20 teams on the year. Even though the Notre Dame win is no longer a top 10 win, it may be once again if #18 Notre Dame can win the ACC Title tomorrow against #13 Virginia. Notre Dame defeated #2 Duke last night in the ACC Semis.
The women's will play #16 Penn State at 2:00 PM. That game will also be on BTN. That will also be their finale. An upset victory for the ladies would put their record at 7-10 on the year.
Other men's games on TV today:
#1 Yale is hosting Harvard on ESPNU right now
The Rivalry of Lacrosse: #7 Johns Hopkins hosts #3 Maryland on ESPNU at 2:00 PM
#9 Rutgers visits #19 Ohio State on BTN at 4:00 PM (Rutgers needs to win to get in the B1G Tourney, OSU is already in)
UPDATE: Lacrosse hung with #7 Hopkins today but couldn't get the result, ultimately falling 10-9. They erased deficits of 0-3 and 7-4 to make it a game. Michigan scored to tie it at 9 with about a minute left but Hopkins got the go-ahead with about 30 seconds left to take the victory.
That's about all she wrote for this season; Michigan is now mathematically elimated from postseason conference play. Not a bad season but a little disappointing, especially after a strong start. They get a chance for one more victory when they take on Penn State next week in the season finale. GO BLUE!
Lacrosse takes on the #7 Hopkins Blue Jays at the Lacrosse Center on State Street today at noon. If it’s a nice day out in Ann Arbor head down and check it out - the team needs some support to make a big push towards the Big Ten tournament in two weeks. It’s also airing live on BTN Plus so tune in/set your DVRs.
Michigan is in the midst of a familiar (and upsetting) late season slide once again. After a solid showing in OOC games, they’ve dropped three straight in the B1G, to top-10 teams Rutgers and Maryland and last week to a struggling Ohio State squad - a game they desperately needed. If they can win their last two games (no easy task) and get some help (also not easy), they could sneak into the 4th slot in the B1G tourney (which will be on their home turf). Since the second half of the Maryland game, Michigan’s offense has gone ice cold, a stretch that includes a first-half shutout at Rutgers. Noseworthy and Young need to find their shooting touch again and the rest of the offense has to step up if they’re going to have any hope of winning down the stretch. Michigan also needs to stop turning the ball over; TOs have absolutely killed them in conference play so far.
Hopkins (8-3) is better than they’ve been the last few years but I think some of their vulnerabilities are still there. They tend to let up a lot of goals and get into run-n’-gun shootouts. They’re almost always more talented than the teams they play but they rarely control the game. Like Michigan, their late season play has tailed off the last couple of years.
Some good news for Michigan is that Shack Stanwick - Hopkins’ ubiquitous attackman and points leader (39), is questionable for the game after suffering an injury against Penn State last week. Stanwick, a Baltimore prep school rich kid, hails from a family of highly accomplished lacrosse playing white boys (and girls!). If he’s out, or even not at 100%, that is a huge plus for Michigan. But Hopkins still trots out savvy offensive players Joel Tinney and Kyle Marr, who will be a handful for Michigan’s defense.
This is also another mentor/mentee matchup for Coach Conry AND Coach Ford as they both played under Coach Pietramala in the early 2000s. Conry also coached at their archrival Maryland so he should have the Jays well scouted.
This is a huge game for Michigan. They need a W and some help to keep their season alive. Go get ‘em and GO BLUE!!!
Michigan's Chase Young became the fourth player from the University of Michigan to be drafted in the MLL Collegiate Draft two nights ago. Young was drafted 35th overall by the Denver Outlaws. He will be joining former Michigan players, Mikie Schlosser and Mike Hernandez, in the mile high city. Schlosser is entering his first full season as an Outlaw after being drafted last year with the 54th pick. Previously, Kyle Jackson (57th in 2016) and Brekan Kohlitz (44th in 2008) have been drafted. Jackson still remains in the league and will play on Boston Cannons this year after he finishes his NLL season with the Rochester Knighthawks.
The MLL season kicks off this weekend, but Young will probably not play his first game as an Outlaw until week 4 or week 5.
This is now three straight years of sending players to the MLL, and that streak will likely continue into the future with Heidt, Noseworthy, and Curran being seniors next season.