Lacrosse: Heidt is returning, Shot Clock coming?, and Schlosser's Outlaws have big game tonight

Lacrosse: Heidt is returning, Shot Clock coming?, and Schlosser's Outlaws have big game tonight

Submitted by twotrueblue on August 4th, 2018 at 10:57 AM

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.

Kyle Jackson & Iroquois Nationals depart for FIL world championships

Kyle Jackson & Iroquois Nationals depart for FIL world championships

Submitted by Cruzcontrol75 on July 12th, 2018 at 1:23 AM

After some passport issues the team finally left for the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship tournament in Israel last night.  

https://twitter.com/IrqLax/status/1017156930446479360?s=20

Their first game is today, a huge matchup with USA at 8:30p in Israel. Set the DVR for ESPN2 1:30pm EST 

OT B1G Lacrosse Championships

OT B1G Lacrosse Championships

Submitted by scanner blue on May 5th, 2018 at 4:45 PM

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.

W Lax shocks #16 PSU on buzzer beater for biggest win in program history

W Lax shocks #16 PSU on buzzer beater for biggest win in program history

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on April 28th, 2018 at 4:19 PM

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.

 

Men's Lacrosse Upsets #14 PSU, Women's Lacrosse to Play #16 PSU on BTN at 2 PM

Men's Lacrosse Upsets #14 PSU, Women's Lacrosse to Play #16 PSU on BTN at 2 PM

Submitted by twotrueblue on April 28th, 2018 at 12:38 PM

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)

Lacrosse Falls to #7 Hopkins 10-9

Lacrosse Falls to #7 Hopkins 10-9

Submitted by L'Carpetron Do… on April 21st, 2018 at 10:18 AM

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!

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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!!!

 

Chase Young becomes highest drafted Michigan lacrosse player

Chase Young becomes highest drafted Michigan lacrosse player

Submitted by twotrueblue on April 20th, 2018 at 1:45 PM

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.

Men's Lacrosse falls to Ohio State

Men's Lacrosse falls to Ohio State

Submitted by twotrueblue on April 13th, 2018 at 7:06 PM

Michigan fell to Ohio State, 8-5, at Ohio Stadium tonight. The turnover bug really bit Michigan today, committing 13 turnovers. After dominating the first half at the faceoff x, Michigan couldn't seem to buy a faceoff win in the second half once Ohio State switched faceoff guys.

Michigan now falls to 7-5 on the year and 0-3 in Big Ten play and will fall out of the polls after a three week stint, the longest in program history. A game in Ann Arbor against Johns Hopkins is on tap for next Saturday. The season finale will be the following Saturday at Penn State. The Big Ten tournament in Ann Arbor is not much more than a dream at this point.

For those who want to watch some more lacrosse tomorrow:

#17 Navy at Army, 12:00 PM on CBS Sports Network

#5 Duke at #12 Virginia, 1:00 PM on espn3

#4 Johns Hopkins at #14 Penn State, 2:00 PM on ESPNU

#9 Cornell at #18 Lehigh, 2:30 PM on CBS Sports Network

North Carolina at #7 Syracuse, 4:00 PM on ESPNU

Lacrosse @ Ohio State now at 7PM tonight **on BTN**

Lacrosse @ Ohio State now at 7PM tonight **on BTN**

Submitted by L'Carpetron Do… on April 13th, 2018 at 11:53 AM

Michigan lacrosse will play Ohio State tonight in Columbus at 7 PM, instead of 11 AM tomorrow.  Looks like the nasty weather that canceled Michigan's spring football game has also affected Ohio State's.  The lacrosse game will still air live on BTN tonight. 

This is a big game for Michigan and I wanted to send that along if you were in the area and planning to go.  I'll have to do a quick preview because I'm running out of town now.  

Ohio State is down this year and Michigan needs to be ready to pounce.  After reaching the championship game last season, Ohio State is floundering in 2018.  They're 5-6 and losers of 5 straight.  They even needed a Laettner-esque miracle to beat Jacksonville earlier in the season.  

Michigan needs to win at least two of their remaining three games to have a chance to play  in the conference tourney in AA in a few weeks.  

I gotta run so there's not much else to say.  Beat they ass on 3! 1-2-3...

Lacrosse Falls to #9 Rutgers, 16-8

Lacrosse Falls to #9 Rutgers, 16-8

Submitted by L'Carpetron Do… on April 8th, 2018 at 11:11 AM

UPDATE: Michigan got blown out against Rutgers today and that's all there is to say. It's not worth a recap. They should expunge it from their memory so they can kick Ohio State's ass next week before their spring game.  GO  BLUE!

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Michigan lacrosse has a big game today on the road against the ninth-ranked Scarlet Knights of Rutgers at noon on the U. Make sure to tune in or set your DVR, or if you're in the neighborhood in NJ, go down and check it out.  

This is a crucial game for both squads as both are vying for their first Big Ten win on the year and need conference wins to keep their tournament dreams alive.  And Big Ten play has tripped up both teams the last few years. Michigan lost all of their conference games last year and ended up 8-6 while Rutgers went 2-3 in B1G play, fell out of the rankings and ultimately missed the NCAA tournament.  

Rutgers is back again though and is getting more respect. They're 7-3 and can boast wins over #8 Syracuse (!) and #19 Robert Morris. They lost a close one to Hopkins last week but have also dropped games to not-great Army & Princeton teams. 

Rutgers will be able to score and Michigan's defense will have to keep attackman Jules Heningburg in check. Heningburg is a 'midseason All-American' according to Inside Lacrosse and he has 29/22 on the year so far.  Michigan's defense may also have some nightmares about attackman Kieran Mullins who scored 8 goals against them last year.  The good news is that Michigan's D is much improved; its smarter and more disciplined so don't expect a repeat from last year.

Rutgers will play hard and has a lot on the line after missing the tournament two years in a row.  It's a winnable game for Michigan but Rutgers will be a tough out.  GO BLUE!