February 14, 2014

Bounceback: Michigan Steamrolls Mercer

from press release

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team earned its first win of the season on Friday (Feb. 14), defeating the visiting Mercer Bears, 20-7, at Oosterbaan Field House. Seven Wolverines scored multiple goals, led by a career-high three goals from junior Andrew Portnoy (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes). Portnoy set a Michigan lacrosse program record for the fastest goal to start a quarter with his scoring strike six seconds into the second quarter. He later added two goals in the second half.

After Mercer got on the board with a goal in the second minute, Michigan ripped off six straight goals to take control of the game. Junior David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) scored two goals during the run, giving him three goals on the season. Junior Thomas Orr's (West Bloomfield, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central) first career goal at 10:19 put Michigan in front 2-1, a lead they would never relinquish.

Sophomore Kyle Jackson (Sarnia, Ontario/The Hill Academy) and freshman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) each scored two goals in the first half to give the Wolverines a 13-5 lead at intermission. Graduate student Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius), junior/sophomore David Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius), and Dan Kinek (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) also scored for the Wolverines in the first half. Paras' goal gave him five career goals against Mercer after notching four against the Bears last season.

Michigan outscored Mercer 5-1 in the third quarter behind goals from five different players. Sophomore Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) scored at 12:32 and Portnoy added his second goal of the game after a Mercer goal. Junior Mike Francia (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) scooped up a ground ball in front of the net and scored to give Michigan a 16-6 lead. Freshman Mikie Schlosser (Davis, Calif./Davis) and Kinek each connected on their second goals of the game to put the Wolverines up 18-6.

Freshman goalie Robbie Zonino (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) tied his career-high with five saves in the first half. He played all 60 minutes and finished with 13 stops.

Michigan outshot Mercer 42-33 and won the ground ball battle 38-30. In his second collegiate game, freshman Will Biagi (Centreville, Va./Paul VI) notched his first career goal and his first career assist, while scooping up a team-high six ground balls.

Michigan returns to action on Wednesday (Feb. 19), taking on the Detroit Titans in mid-week action. The matchup is slated for a 7 p.m. start from Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Mich., site of the first U-M varsity contest in 2012.

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