February 12, 2012

Michigan Falls to Detroit in Program's Varsity Debut

Joel Matthews celebrates during the Titans' 13-9 win over Michigan in the Wolverines Division I debut.
© Tim Busch

from press release

PONTIAC, Mich. – The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team played its inaugural varsity contest on Sunday, losing 13-9 to the Detroit Titans. The Wolverines held leads of 2-0 and 4-2 and were tied with UD at halftime, 5-5. Knotted at 6-6 midway through the third quarter, Detroit scored six of the next seven goals to pull away for the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) scored the first two goals in U-M history, while fifth-year senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and junior attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) had two goals as well. Sophomore goalie Dylan Westerhold (Madison, N.J./Pingry School) made six saves, five of which came in the first half.

Detroit's Shayne Adams and Alex Maini scored four goals and three goals, respectively, to lead the Titans. Goalie A.J. Levell made nine saves, including seven in the final 30 minutes.

"I'm happy we're here, but I'm not happy with the outcome since we could have been a lot better," Michigan coach John Paul said after the game. "We didn't come out intimidated and I was proud of the guys. We thought this was a winnable game, and it was a winnable game, and we approached it that way. Every time that they scored we came right back at them, so effort wise I'm real pleased."

Goals came in pairs to start the game. Bryant tallied at 9:59 and 6:35 to stake the Wolverines to an early 2-0. UD's Joel Matthews scored consecutively to even the score at 2-2. Yealy then put U-M ahead 4-2 early in the second frame with back-to-back tallies.

Detroit converted an extra-man opportunity to spark a three-goal run in the second quarter that put it in front 5-4. Michigan stymied the goal spree by scoring with 3:46 to play in the half to make it 5-5.

Tied 6-6 in the third quarter, the Titans' decisive run started with two goals by Maini at 7:41 and 6:12. Paras cut the lead to 8-7, but Detroit notched four straight goals over the next six-plus minutes to make it 12-7.

The teams traded goals over the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter to reach the final score.

Up next, the Wolverines head to Penn State on Saturday (Feb. 18) for a 1 p.m. start time.


Doug Bryant scored the first goal in Michigan varsity history at 9:59 of the first quarter to give U-M a 1-0 lead. The midfielder also scored U-M's second goal at 6:35.

Four freshmen saw playing time for the Wolverines, including Will Meter and David McCormack, who started the game as attackers. Thomas Orr and Mack Gembis also played in the defensive end.

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