Lacrosse Drops First-Ever Home Game to #9 Loyola, 15-8

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 7th, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Final score from Oosterbaan: Michigan 8  #9 loyola 15

Michigan could have easily given up after being down 10-2 at one point, but they fought back and fought until the end letting the fans go home encouraged.

This was Michigan's first-ever home game, and their first and only home game at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse this season. Next up Michigan will face conference opponent bellarmine on Saturday, March 17 at 3pm at Michigan Stadium. Lacrosse season ticket holders like me are geeked as hell.

                        Updated ECAC Standings

Team ECAC Overall This Week
1.  #9 Loyola 1-0 4-0 W 15-8 at Michigan
     #20 Ohio 1-0 3-2 3/9 vs Robert Morris
3  #17 Fairfield 0-0 5-0 W 9-6 at Quinnipiac
    Air Force 0-0 2-2 3/10 Army (in Houston)
    Hobart 0-0 1-2 L 8-18 at Colgate
6  #13 Denver 0-1 3-1 3/10 at #10 Penn State
    Bellarmine 0-1 2-2 W 12-10 at Dartmouth
MICHIGAN 0-3^ 1-6 L 8-15 vs #9 Loyola

^Michigan's W/L record in the ECAC column is not officially ECAC League games, but games against ECAC conference members. Michigan is an affiliate member in 2012 and will become a full member and eligible for the championship in 2013. Therefore, wins or losses for Michigan and wins and losses to Michigan by other schools will not count in their respective ECAC records.



March 7th, 2012 at 7:26 PM ^

Well, I'm not a lacrosse expert, but that score doesn't sound promising. However, when we first played soccer, we had our losses, but got a program together quickly. I'm sure that after taking a few lumps on the way, lacrosse will find its way. Their helmets have wings, don't they? Go get em!


March 7th, 2012 at 7:27 PM ^

This could get ugly.  I have a co-worker who played lacrosse at Loyola (Mark Frye, he actually went pro for a bit) and I'd like for this to at least stay close.  He's of the opinion that Michigan lacrosse will never be Loyola lacrosse.

Wolverine Devotee

March 7th, 2012 at 7:32 PM ^

I laugh at the snooty east coasters who look down on teams outside of the hotbeds who have lacrosse. "Western schools will never be a power".

That's also what they said about football way back in the day. Then came Fielding Yost and the rest is history.

I laughed all the way to the bank when denver made the NCAA Lacrosse Final 4 last season.


Wolverine Devotee

March 7th, 2012 at 7:46 PM ^

ND lacrosse fans are some the most arrogant pricks out there. Whether it be them saying "the reason Michigan didn't schedule them is because Dave Brandon doesn't want his ego to be hurt"

"We have an actual lacrosse-only facility while you have a crumbling warzone" (Ootserbaan)

I do try to inject some logic into their brains by telling them Michigan hasn't even completed their first season. Rome wasn't built over night. Stadiums aren't built in less than a year.

I have some inside info, and some of the things I'm hearing about Michigan Lacrosse home is gonna blow ND's out of the water.

L'Carpetron Do…

March 7th, 2012 at 7:43 PM ^

I remember that name - he was a big star back in the day.  But - he's wrong.  Loyola is exactly the type of marginal power that will be hurt by Michigan's entry to the big time.  While its not a bad school, it is certainly not on the academic level of Michigan and it borders a really rough area of Baltimore.  It won't be long before Michigan is poaching recruits and beating teams like Loyola, Denver, Penn State, Ohio State, Hofstra and even some of the weaker Ivies.  It will never be Loyola lacrosse - it will be better!  (Today aside of course).

Wolverine Devotee

March 7th, 2012 at 7:29 PM ^

This game would put the greyhounds a game ahead of ohio in the ECAC standings if they were to win, but Michigan does not count as a conference win or loss for any teams until the 2013 season.

Same goes for Michigan, they are ineligible for the ECAC Championship and ECAC Tournament Championship until 2013. Michigan is eligible for a NCAA Tournament berth, but they would have to win out and then some to get one.


March 7th, 2012 at 8:32 PM ^

Looking at the 1-5 record, Is this what was kind of expected from the 1st Year Varsity squad??  I know we kind of dominated the club level, so was a more .500 type season expected? 


March 7th, 2012 at 9:20 PM ^

No this was expected.  The Baltimore Sun's preseason LAX guide put the over-under on Michigan's wins as 2.

The Towson's/Loyola's/etc are going to be hammered as the B1G teams are creeping into LAX.  Paraphrasing my wife when we moved to the area;" What the hell is a Towson?"

L'Carpetron Do…

March 7th, 2012 at 8:38 PM ^

.500 was not really reasonable because their schedule is pretty tough and they're still basically playing with a club team.  But, they had a good opportunity for a win last Friday at Jacksonville but lost in overtime.  And they were without their  starting goalie for the first 4 games which made a big difference.

Loyola is #9 in the country, too, so this one is going as planned.  But, I hope and I don't think its out of the question, that they can pull off an upset somewhere along the way.  

So, to answer your question - 1-5 is about right but a little worse than expected.


March 7th, 2012 at 8:47 PM ^

Very proud of the team this season. From what I've seen from following the games, we haven't mailed it in even when the game is pretty much out of reach. We keep competing til the end. Go Blue!! Team 1 are Michigan Men!!


March 7th, 2012 at 8:56 PM ^

This game went as planned.  Loyola is a very good team, to lose by 7 is a great showing by us.  Team One continues to show improvement each game.