Michigan lacrosse started their 2019 season today with a 10-8 win over Cleveland State. The Wolverines tore out to a 7-0 lead. The Vikings scored their first goal a few minutes left in the first half, and stormed back to make it a one-goal deficit.
The Wolverines would hold on the lead, however, with two second half goals by Brent Noseworthy and another goal by junior attackman Jason Brown. Today's game was Brown's fourth in his three year career and his first career start.
Others to score include Alex Buckanavage with 3 goals and Kevin Mack with 2 goals. Avery Myers and Decker Curran each added a goal as well.
Without knowing what the shots on goal were like, it seems like fifth year senior Tommy Heidt had a bad game in the cage, only saving 52% against a lowly-rated Cleveland State team. So either the defense was poor or he was a little rusty back there today.
Sophomore Connor Cronin ran into problems at the faceoff X, only winning 8 of 19 faceoffs, which certainly partly explains why Cleveland State hung with the Wolverines today. Of course, the defense could help by causing more turnovers, too. But, perhaps the Vikings could've been just better prepared for the new shot clock rule by already having a regular season game last weekend.
Michigan plays its next game February 19 in Ann Arbor vs. the Drexel Dragons at 3 PM. After that, they head to Jacksonville to play the Dolphins on February 23 at 11:30 AM. That game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.