Lacrosse loses close one, 10-7 vs Colgate at Citi Field

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 17th, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Another close one for Michigan today at the Metropolitan Lacrosse Classic at Citi Field, home of the Mets. Thanks to Mets owner and Michigan alum Fred Wilpon, Michigan was the home team.

Without a couple sloppy plays on defense by Michigan and the fatal colgate mistake of nearly scoring on themselves coming to fruition, Michigan could have very well won this game.

Saturday, 3/23, Michigan will get the defending national champion #10 Loyola (MD) at Michigan Stadium to open up the true home slate. Game will be on MGoBlueTV. This is Loyola's final season in the ECAC. They will be defecting to the Patriot League next season. 

Stats- Michigan had a pretty good game and the stats don't lie. Shocking one was perfect on clears.

Stat U-M  COLG
Shots 37 31
Ground Balls 21 33
Faceoffs 13-22 9-22
Clears 17-17(!) 18-23
Turnovers 13 12
Saves 9 12
Extra-Man 0-2 0-1

ECAC Standings-

 

  Team ECAC Ovr. Game
1. #10 Loyola 2-0 5-2 3/16  W 13-7 vs Air Force (in Denver) 
2. #3 Denver 1-0 5-2 3/16  L 12-13 OT vs Notre Dame
  Hobart 1-0 4-3 3/17  L 12-16 at Robert Morris
  Fairfield 1-0 4-3 3/14  W 10-8 vs MICHIGAN
5. Bellarmine 2-1 6-1 3/16  W 12-5 vs Mercer
6. #12 Ohio 0-1 5-1 3/16  W 11-10 at #11 Virginia
7. Air Force 0-2 4-4 3/16  L 7-13 vs #10 Loyola (in Denver)
8. Michigan 0-3 0-8 3/17  L 7-10 vs Colgate in (in Flushing)

 

Comments

DH16

March 17th, 2013 at 3:04 PM ^

Won't let me watch it, I'm actually gonna have to pay attention in math class noooooo

But on the bright side, I did get my season tickets for lacrosse. $10 for 6 games in the Big House and a t-shirt, pretty good deal to experience a new UofM sport

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

March 17th, 2013 at 3:17 PM ^

LOL what a clownshow.  The inexperience really shows when you've got seven guys on defense and everyone can see it.  JP yelling "DOUBLE THE BALL."  Might as well.  I wonder what was stopping us from just putting all nine guys on the defensive side once you've got that penalty going for you.

laxalum

March 17th, 2013 at 11:33 PM ^

Was at the game today.  It was cold, but not brutal.  I layered.  And drank.

M&B - 7 guys on the defensive end happens a lot.  If you go offsides, which can happen on clears (it shouldn't, but it does every once in awhile), you just stay and play defense.  The flag is already down.  There's no reason to go back onsides at that point.  I've been playing and coaching a long time, and I see it a lot - especially at the high school level.  At the D1 level offsides happens less, but if you go off when the other team has possession, that's what you do.

laxalum

March 17th, 2013 at 11:33 PM ^

Was at the game today.  It was cold, but not brutal.  I layered.  And drank.

M&B - 7 guys on the defensive end happens a lot.  If you go offsides, which can happen on clears (it shouldn't, but it does every once in awhile), you just stay and play defense.  The flag is already down.  There's no reason to go back onsides at that point.  I've been playing and coaching a long time, and I see it a lot - especially at the high school level.  At the D1 level offsides happens less, but if you go off when the other team has possession, that's what you do.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

March 17th, 2013 at 11:57 PM ^

I know.  The problem was that our 7th guy played a little defense, then tried to go back on offense, then went back to defense, and then Michigan settled into a defense that took no advantage whatsoever of the 7th guy, who sort of floated in the middle guarding nobody.  Until JP (or another coach) hollered to double the ball so loud you could hear it on TV.  It looked like they had no idea what to do in that situation.

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

March 17th, 2013 at 3:29 PM ^

I dunno man.  I mean, yes, we are outmatched, but I was thinking you wouldn't have known it from just that first quarter.  Other than looking like a Mickey Mouse outfit on the offsides penalty, that is.  But they won the faceoff battle and killed Colgate's 2-man-up chance, and probably possessed the ball for the majority of the quarter.  And Logan looked great.

weasel3216

March 17th, 2013 at 3:45 PM ^

No communication from the defense right there. For those unfamiliar with lacrosse, without defensive communication a defense will fail most of the time.

Wolverine Devotee

March 17th, 2013 at 3:54 PM ^

Any current students or alums know if there is any movement going on about a lacrosse student section group? Need to get behind these guys. They play in the biggest stadium in lacrosse by far and don't draw what they should be.

littlebrownjug

March 17th, 2013 at 4:06 PM ^

Do you think Coach Paul could have our team competing with most of the squads in two years, or do you think it will take longer? How many recruiting classes will it take? I am just curious, and I think that we need to be patient.

Also, where else do you think it would make sense to try to play in the next couple of years to build some brand awareness? I think Boston, Denver, Philly and San Fran would make sense.

Go Blue!

MaizeAndBlueWahoo

March 17th, 2013 at 4:12 PM ^

San Fran probably not.  We went out and did a thing in Denver last year, and our conference will have us playing in Colorado (unless and until B1G lacrosse is a thing.)  I'd like to see us get ahold of one of the upstate NY teams like the one we're playing now, or Canisius or someone, and play a game in Toronto.  Don't think it's necessary to do a neutral-site thing in Philly or Boston with so many teams in those cities we can just do a home-and-home with.

laxalum

March 17th, 2013 at 11:39 PM ^

Depends on what you mean by competing.  They are competing now.  Their last four have been close.  If you mean winning, they have a ways to go.  Another two years maybe to start winning more than a couple?  Even though this is Team Two, they only have one recruiting class in.  Watching them today, you can see the difference between the D1 recruits and the returning club guys.  They need the current freshmen to grow up, and they need two or three more classes for depth and more top end players.

Will probably be 5-10 years before they have a shot at becoming really good.