Lacrosse downed by #3 Maryland 13-4 in B1G opener

Lacrosse downed by #3 Maryland 13-4 in B1G opener

Submitted by Old Lax Wolve on March 30th, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Michigan's first B1G lacrosse game is officially in the books. Unfortunately for Coach John Paul and the boys the inaugural game was against #3 Maryland and, not surprisingly, we lost.

We looked just okay in the first half, trailing only 4-1 at half time. Despite having 12 turnovers in the half we were able to control long possessions but were not able to get off (m)any good shots on goal – we had a total of 7 shots in the half; only 2 on cage with 1 goal and 1 save. In the good guys goal Gerald Logan looked very strong, making several key point blank saves to keep the Wolverines in the conversation – Maryland got off 21 shots in the half, Logan made 8 saves and let in 4 goals.

Maryland dominated at the face-off all game, winning 15 of 21, and Michigan was forced to put a long pole at the x. Even this only helped delay the inevitable, as Maryland pulled away in the third quarter to cruise to the final score of 13-4. Maryland outshot us by 20 (41-21) and had 11 more ground balls (30-19). The only stats Michigan won were saves (12-7) and turnovers (14-16). The better team definitely won the day.

Michigan falls below .500 for the first time this year at 4-5. Three of Michigan's four remaining opponents are ranked ahead of them via Laxpower (Michigan is ranked #42, Rutgers is #44), and two are nationally ranked in the polls that matter, as noted.

April 5    vs. Rutgers (4-7)
April 12 vs. #14 Ohio State (8-3)
April 18 @ #19 Johns Hopkins (4-5)
April 25 vs. Penn State (3-6) 

 

Men’s Lacrosse falls to #20 Brown in blowout

Men’s Lacrosse falls to #20 Brown in blowout

Submitted by Old Lax Wolve on March 8th, 2015 at 6:29 PM

Michigan’s defense proved to be no match for Brown’s attack, as the Wolverines fell 22-12 to the Bears at Oosterbaan Sunday afternoon. Two different Brown attackmen scored 4 goals each, and Bears frosh Dylan Molloy matched them with 8 goals of his own (?!) in addition to 5 assists for a jaw-dropping 13-point afternoon.

Brown jumped out a 5-0 lead before Michigan scored twice in the last two minutes to end the first quarter at 5-2. Michigan scored next 3 minutes into the second to cut the lead to 2, which turned out to be as close as we would get the rest of the game. Another run of 5 unanswered from the Bears put the score at 10-3 before the teams traded goals to end the half 12-5 Brown.

Coach John Paul and his staff got the team's attention in the locker room, as Michigan came out strong to start the second half, scoring 3 straight goals to cut the lead to 4 and breathing some life into the team.  Brown stretched the lead to six before the Wolverines surged again to cut the lead back to 4 with just 38 second left in the third. That would prove to be the last hurrah for Michigan’s comeback. Brown’s goal with 8 seconds left in the quarter seemingly broke Michigan’s spirit, if not our momentum, and was just the first goal of yet another run of 5 unanswered goals for the Bears that extended the lead to 20-11 only 4 minutes into the fourth quarter. The game ended with a whimper to the final score of 22-12.

The game was going to be the first of the season in Michigan Stadium before cold and snow forced the game indoors, so there was no video or audio for the game making post mortem analysis difficult from just the Gametracker feed. But when the other team’s attack unit has 16 goals and 6 assists, one doesn’t have to dig into the box score too deeply to pin a reason on the loss. Our close D simply couldn’t hang with them, and given how badly our defense was sliding in our last game (televised loss to Jacksonville) I would imagine that was again the reason behind the ridiculous 22 points from their starting attack.

Another stat that jumps out is save percentage. After missing last season to injury, Gerald Logan has been spotty in his return to the cage, and today making only 12 saves with 22 goals against (35% awful). (Brown’s goalie made 14 saves with 12 goals against, 54% respectable). Given how badly it seemed the defense played in front of Logan (see last paragraph) and the number of Brown attack assists, I can only imagine he was facing a lot of point blank shots, and probably more than a few backdoor layups that he could only watch from the other side of the goal.  It’s hard to fault a goalie for giving up those sorts of goals. If Michigan hopes to be competitive the rest of the season they will need Logan to return to his freshman form when he was #2 in the NCAA in total saves (211) and #13 in save percentage (56.3 percent).

Michigan was without its top scorer this season, as Ian King didn’t play in the game (undisclosed injury?), which may have kept the game closer but since King doesn’t play much defense I think a best outcome would have been a 20-16 loss.

After a promising start to the season, the Wolverine’s now stand at 3-3 after dropping two straight. Brown is now 4-0 on the year, tied for first in a strong Ivy League, and looking to move up into the teens in the rankings after today’s impressive stomping.

I stated previously I thought the Brown game would be a bellwether for Michigan’s chances of finishing above .500 for the first time this season. Since I first wrote that Michigan has lost 2 games that I thought we would win one of if not both. Our offense seems to be doing okay, but looking ahead I just don’t see 4 more wins on the schedule (to get to 7 wins and over .500) unless the team can find something on defense to keep the games close. After a month of visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, cold reality is setting in as I try not to think about ending the season with only our current 3 wins.

Up next, our boys head to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph’s Saturday 3/14. The Hawks are 2-3 this year, but with two one-goal games could easily be 3-2, or 1-4. A strong effort and a win could turn our season around. That’s why they play the game.

Lacrosse Links-- Fall Wrap Up

Lacrosse Links-- Fall Wrap Up

Submitted by Brooks on December 29th, 2011 at 6:43 PM

 

After a break in the summer because my “job” suddenly became much busier and then the usual fall hiatus as we all enjoyed Hoke’s resurrection of the football program, it’s time to turn our attention to the Spring and the inaugural season of varsity lacrosse at Michigan.  This post is just a series of links to help catch people up on what has happened since the end of last season and some stuff that will hopefully get you all excited for this spring.  It’s winter, it’s cold, so it gives us the chance to think about warmer weather and sunny days ahead.

This list obviously far, far from exhaustive, so if anyone else has any links they would like to add please throw them up in the comments.  But, to start out with, Great Lax State has Michigan’s 2012 schedule.

Love For Coach John Paul

John Paul has been the toast of the lacrosse community for the last six months since Michigan announced it would be the first BCS-level team to add varsity lacrosse since Notre Dame in 1981.  Here are some great articles about Coach JP:

Inside Lacrosse has named JP and Michigan’s move to varsity it’s “2011 Story of the Year.”  You can click on one story for free here or see the full article behind a paywall here.  Lacrosse Magazine has named JP the “Lacrosse Man of the Year” in this story and they had a reporter spend a day with Michigan lacrosse to learn about Paul’s “Presidential” leadership style in this story.  You can also read about Dave Brandon’s decision to go to varsity and why he never hesitated about his decision to keep JP on as the team’s first varsity coach.

 

Fall Ball Roundup

Michigan had it’s first varsity fall ball in October, which is the lacrosse equivalent of spring practices in football.  It’s three weeks of full squad practices, but it also includes scrimmages against other schools.  Lacrosse Magazine provided some great photos from the UM scrimmage against Providence and Concordia on October 3 in the Big House.  Inside Lacrosse also provided summaries and box scores of the games that weekend.

Inside Lacrosse provided this wrap up of Michigan’s first fall ball session.  Not surprisingly, the first round of games were tough for the Wolverines as they struggled to adjust both the speed of varsity level D1 lacrosse as well as the expectations of their own coaching staff.  IL believes that the freshmen class looks solid, and points out that Goalie Emil Weiss (who was also listed as one of Quint Kessenich’s “Players Who Impressed Me Most” at this summer’s ESPN Rise Games), Midfielder David Joseph and Defensemen Ryan Breen (who was interviewed by Lax Lessons this fall after he de-committed from Lafayette) could all see playing time.  One area of concern that jumps out to me for the first season, however, is the way that the coaching staff plans to change the role of Attackman Trevor Yealy.  He’s been a crease player for the Wolverines the past couple of years, scoring 266 points primarily by hanging out around the net and scoring with quick shots off passes from in tight spaces.  That’s a pretty niche role on the team, but now they are using him as a dodger from the outside.  In basketball, this would be like moving your power forward who scored mostly off slam dunks and put backs, and asking him to move to point guard and to create shots for his teammates.  I have not seen any of Michigan’s club games so I cannot say whether Yearly has that ability or not, but I do know it raises red flags.  The coaches asking a successful player to take on a fundamentally new role on the offense for the first time—at the same time that he’ll also be asked to play against better individual defenseman and better schematic defenses.  That’s a very tall order.

 

Recruiting

There have been lot of links about different recruits from various years in the past couple of months.  As I said this past summer, lacrosse recruiting is much more similar to basketball recruiting than football so you see a lot of kids from 2013 and 2014 committing to colleges this time of year than anyone from 2012.  Greatlaxstate.com has great info on all these players and some commitment posts, so if you’re interested in lax recruiting be sure to give them some traffic because they have their ears much closer to the ground than anyone else I've seen.  Great info not just on UM, but also high school kids coming out of Michigan and the other lax programs in the state.

 

2012

Inside Lacrosse provided their own breakdown of Michigan’s inaugural varsity recruiting class.  Laxpower also has a similar write up about the class.  The most impressive part of the class is that Coach JP was able to land 2 Top 100 recruits in his first class.  Since he was joining the recruiting game in this class two or three years behind some of the other top programs in the country, that’s a pretty solid first haul.  Taking 5 attackman, 4 middies, 4 defensemen and 3 Long Stick Middies shows what you’d expect from Michigan’s first class—they need numbers and depth at every position on the field. They also took a player from Ohio and Brother Rice, so JP is establishing some good ties for players in his own backyard.

The guy that’s gotten the most attention from the class is Attackman Brendan Gaughan.  He’s from Carlsbad, CA, so not from a lacrosse powerhouse or a hotbed which means it will probably take him a year to adjust to the speed and angles of the game.  On the other hand, his upside appears to be huge.  His height and size at 6’4” 195 lbs means he’ll be a match up nightmare for any team trying to scheme against him especially if he can pack on 20 lbs between now and his freshmen season.  He’s also a lefty, which means he opens up options for Michigan in even situation to potentially run a pairs offense rather than a tradition motion offense (more on this in later posts) as well as will immediately make an impact on Michigan’s Man-Up (or EMO) unit.

In my opinion, however, the big get in this class appears to be Faceoff man Brad Lott, who ESPN Rise ranks as the #1 FO in the country for 2012.  In lacrosse, faceoffs are vital because possession is so crucial at the college level.  For a young team in particular, a good faceoff man can allow you to steal a couple of possessions throughout a season when goals could be hard to come by and provide a break for a young defense.  This is a really smart approach to recruiting by JP—landing a specialist who can immediately ease the pressure on your offense and defense.  Long Stick Middie (LSM) Paxton Moore from Philadelphia Powerhouse Haverford School was also ranked as ESPN Rise’s #12 LSM in the class of 2012 and Charles Keady was ranked the #24 LSM in the same poll.  Great teams are often built around these two all too often invisible positions; landing players of this caliber at these spots are great building blocks for the future.

The other two players to watch are the two kids out of The Hill School in Ontario.  Midfielder Kyle Jackson made the Candadian U-19 National Team this summer and is ranked by Inside Lacrosse as the #2 Canadian prospect overall in the class of 2012.  He’s undersized at 5’9”, but I assume he’s pretty fast if he won his high school team’s Workout Warrior award.  Defenseman Cooper Charlton is your classic D1 D’s in terms of build at 6’3” and 200 lbs, in addition to the fact that he did a postgraduate year so he’ll essentially arrive on campus as a redshirt freshmen physically.

 

2013

Laxpower lists Michigan has currently at 8 commits for the class of 2013.  The breakdown is similar to 2012: 1 goalie, 1 Faceoff, 3 long poles, 2 attack, and 2 middies.  Look for them to pick up 3-4 more middies in this class, along with another long pole and attack.

Ian King, an attackman out of football powerhouse St. Xavier in Cincinnati, is the major commitment to date listed for Michigan.  He was named to the Under Armour All Midwest Team this past summer.

Phillylacrosse.com recently profiled goalie Robbie Zozino and he talked about his decision to attend Michigan.  He’s a kid from a big time high school team in Conestoga, so he has a good pedigree to handle the pressures of standing between the pipes of a D1 team.

Defenseman Stefan Bergman was also profiled by Phillylacrosse.com.

Great Lax State has profiles from Long Pole Andrew Hatton and Attackman Austin Shanks.

Inside Lacrosse has some info on Faceoff man Will Biagi. Again, faceoff men are key for any team, so having a second commit at this position is great for the team.

Midfielder Mike Schlosser has a commitment post and highlight video up at NorCal Lacrosse.

 

2014

Hugh Mosco became the first Michigan recruit from the class of 2014.  He a defenseman from Georgetown Prep, one of the Washington DC powerhouses in an area filled with D1 talent, and his brother is a freshmen on the team this year.  At 6’0” 175 you hope he has an inch or two left in terms of height before he gets on to campus, but any time you land a defensemen that also has gained interest from Johns Hopkins after only one year of high school, odds are pretty high that he’s a talented athlete.  Great Lax State also provides its roundup on Mosco.

 

Women

The women’s team picked up their first 2 verbal commits this fall.  Midfielder Madeline Dion became the program’s first ever commit, and a commit from Maryland on top of that.  Midfielder Amanda Sutor just committed this past week, and she comes from traditional power St. Paul’s School for Girls in Baltimore.  The coaching staff is clearly making an effort to establish ties to the Maryland area, which if successful, could really pay off in the future.  Both players are in the Class of 2013.

 

I’m hoping to provide some more basics in the coming weeks leading up to the season.  My plan is to provide some basics on offense, defense, clearing, and special teams to help people who may be new to the game.  If there is anything else you would like me to include, just let me know and I’ll give it a try.  Again, I’m sure I left out some info on all of these players and the team, so throw up whatever you find as well.

U-M Lax: John Paul Officially Announced as Head Coach

U-M Lax: John Paul Officially Announced as Head Coach

Submitted by michWolves2580 on June 3rd, 2011 at 12:34 PM

http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2011/06/03/michigan-announces-john-paul-…

 

The University officially announced John Paul as the first varsity lacrosse head coach. Only right as he worked his ass off building the program up to the D1 level. Im extremely proud and excited for him.. Go Blue

Lax: Midweek Update And Weekend Preview

Lax: Midweek Update And Weekend Preview

Submitted by Tim on April 8th, 2010 at 3:42 PM
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Before we get into discussion of the deeper issues facing Michigan lacrosse, Let's take a look at this weekend's opponents. Colorado has been struggling throughout this year, badly enough to change coaches mid-season. Colorado State, on the other hand, has been excellent. They are ranked #2 and are undefeated on the season in the competitive Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference.

Colorado

Friday, 7pm MDT, Franklin Field KITTREDGE FIELD, Boulder CO.
Record: 2-5 (0-2 RMLC)
Rankings: Prodigy #22, LaxPower #15, Computer #14
Common Opponents: W 17-7 Simon Fraser
Previous Meetings: 2009 Regular Season (video highlights), 2009 MCLA Playoffs (liveblog).

colorado_96.pngI've talked a few times about how Colorado is a team in disarray. They fired their first-year head coach just a couple games into the season and have limped to a 2-5 record against MCLA teams this year. Those two wins, however, came against respectable competition (Simon Fraser and Lindenwood), so it's not like the Buffaloes are incapable of beating top teams.

colorado_96.pngOffensively, junior attack James Blackburn, a 2009 Honorable Mention All-American, leads the team with 2.71 points per game, and freshman Doug Lilburne isn't far behind at 2.29. Those are the only two CU players over two points per game, however, and the offensive production has really struggled, with the Buffs only breaking into double digits in their two victories on the year. sophomore middies Nick Kupcewicz has impressed, but was suspended for last week's game against Colorado State.

colorado_96.pngOn defense, senior Mike Britt was named an MCLA 1st-Team All-American last year, and his classmate Mike Geocaris earned an Honorable Mention distinction. Sophomore defensive mid Ryan Emerson leads the team in ground balls, closely followed by freshman LSM Hap Knowles. In goal, 4th-year sophomore William Brown and freshman Bradley Macnee have gotten the most playing time. Brown has the higher save percentage, but facies more shots, giving up 8.6 goals per game.

colorado_96.pngMichigan should be able to emerge victorious in this contest. The Buffaloes are talented, but haven't been playing like it yet this year, and are just enter the second week in the system of new head coach Mike Ryder. The Wolverines' ride should be able to prevent an unsettled CU clear from reaching respectable numbers, and Michigan has proven to be able to turn defense into offense, as well as scoring on established possessions. [Ed: CSU and the possibility of a D-I move after the jump.]