M Lacrosse wins 11-10 at Bellarmine; first conference win in program history!!

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 15th, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Didn't get to see or follow the game as I was watching Basketball.

But holy cow, this is a huge win for Michigan.

Before the season started, when Logan went out with an injury, we all thought the season was going to be a wreck. Michigan is now 4-4, DOUBLING their COMBINED win total from the past TWO seasons!

This is the second road win in program history, the first-ever conference win and their first win in the ECAC.

And don't look now, but Michigan is in FIRST PLACE in the ECAC. The preseason favorite buckeyes are 1-4 on the season.

You are not going to believe these stats-

Faceoffs: 21-3 Michigan (!)

Groundballs: 31-21 Michigan

Shots: 45-40 Michigan

Thomas Paras had two goals, but the game was a true team effort with NINE Wolverines netting a goal. This should give Michigan some jump into their step as they return home next week to face the #1 team in the nation, Maryland.

Comments

Alton

March 16th, 2014 at 11:54 AM ^

1t. Air Force (1-0)
1t. Michigan (1-0)
3t. Fairfield (0-0)
3t. Ohio State (0-0)
5. Bellarmine (0-2)

Upcoming games include Bellarmine at Ohio State on Friday, and then on Saturday the 29th, Michigan is at Air Force and Fairfield is at Bellarmine. 

The top 4 teams make the conference tournament in Columbus the weekend of May 2-4.

BlueDragon

March 15th, 2014 at 5:08 PM ^

Is the red/gray team bad to the point that we could take a game off of them this year? I bet that's still just a pipe dream with the raw talent they have stockpiled.

phjhu89

March 15th, 2014 at 7:07 PM ^

Doubtful.  OSU is a very fundamentally sound lax team, and Cornell is definitely down, and they will be better later in the year than they are now, now that they can practice on a full field.   I was very impressed with them when I watched Ohio play Hopkins early in the year.  That game is probably still available to watch on WatchESPN if you want to check them out. 

mgolax

March 15th, 2014 at 7:21 PM ^

OSU is not closing out games very well this year, but they are still dangerous. They got a lot closer to JHU and Penn St. than we did, and took UMass to OT (UMass beat PSU today).

 

However, Cornell did just beat Virginia and Yale in consecutive weeks, so they are not quite dead themselves. It's the same old story: tough to infer things from common opponents.

mlax27

March 15th, 2014 at 8:16 PM ^

OSU will certainly be tough, but we get them at home, and they are really struggling with face offs. With Lott playing well, if we get them on a good day, it's certainly possible we give them a game.

They are definitely better than a 1-5 record indicates.

laxalum

March 16th, 2014 at 10:05 AM ^

What is your vision of where they should be in five years?  Competing with Maryland, Hopkins, PSU and OSU for Big Ten championships?  I have no doubt they will get there, but I think 5 years from the inception of the program is a bit ambitious to be at that level.  At least it's ambitious to be at that level consistently.  But I do think they will be a very good lacrosse team in a couple more years.  Think in the 20-30 range on Laxpower.

Their results this year are a pretty good indication that they are on the right track.  Winning what was essentially a tournament game, on the road, outdoors (I assume they have not practiced outdoors at home yet) yesterday was huge for a team this young.  But keep in mind that they won that game in OT despite winning almost every faceoff.  If Lott doesn't go off, do they have a shot? 

Is the Maryland game on Tuesday in Oosterbaan or will the Big House be ready?  If it's inside, I like Michigan's chances to make it fairly close.  If it's outside, could be ugly.