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!!!