March 3, 2011

Michigan Cruises Past Loyola Marymount

from press release

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team earned a 12-2 win over the Lions of Loyola Marymount on Wednesday afternoon (March 2) in Los Angeles, California in front of a sparse crowd that featured mostly Wolverine fans and parents. U-M was slow to start scoring but found their stride as the first quarter came to a close, scoring twelve unanswered goals before Loyola scored two goals to end the game as the Wolverines improved to 3-0 overall this season.

The Lions won the opening faceoff and proceeded to control possession for most of the quarter by holding the ball in the offensive zone. When the Wolverines were finally able to obtain possession, senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH – St. Xavier High) found the twine at 2:48 on a blast from the mid wing with the assist going to sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL – Lake Forest). It was the only goal for either team in the opening frame as U-M led 1-0 after 15 minutes.

Senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA – Upper St. Clair) converted with a nice crease dodge at 11:17 of the second on a pass from senior midfielder Roy Ichikawa (San Diego, CA – Torrey Pines) to start Michigan's scoring run of three more unanswered goals. The last and most notable goal came off a faceoff win by senior midfielder Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, MI – Grosse Pointe South/RPI) who ran down the field battling through four defenders before scoring his first goal as a Wolverine, giving the squad a 5-0 lead at the end of the first half.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the coaches executed a planned goaltender change replacing senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwich Village, CO – Cherry Creek) with senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI – Hotchkiss, CT). Junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI – Seaholm) got the Wolverines going offensively in the third under two minutes in on a hard shot from the right wing, before Yealy added his second under four minutes later.

Sophomore midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, MN – The Blake School) scored with 8:24 left in the third in what would eventually be the Maize and Blue's last goal of the quarter as Michigan failed to capitalize during the remainder of the period. Fowler capped the third quarter with a nice stick save low to his left-side as Michigan led 8-0 headed into the final frame.

It wasn't long before the Maize and Blue resumed their scoring in the fourth quarter when sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL – Lake Forest) scored at 11:27 on an unassisted high wing blast. Eight seconds later, junior defender Austin Swaney (Grand Rapids, MI – East Grand Rapids) ripped a shot straight out on a feed from Carroll as a result of a U-M faceoff win.

Freshman attackman Ryan Snyder (Houston, TX – Episcopal) found his way onto the score sheet with a low shot on a pass from sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH – St. Ignatius) under two minutes later. The Wolverines' last goal came from Paras at 1:53 on a dodge down the right wing, boosting their lead to 12-0 over the Lions. Less than fifty seconds later however, LMU scored back-to-back goals to end Michigan's bid for a shutout as U-M walked away with the 12-2 win.

Statistically, Michigan dominated LMU in every. U-M outshot Loyola Marymount 39-24, and scooped up 59 groundballs, almost triple LMU's 24. The Wolverines were 12 of 18 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball 17 of 22 times while holding the Lions to 10 of 20 totals. Michigan was 0-1 on the man-up, while LMU finished 0-2.

The Wolverines will play their last game of their spring break stay in Los Angeles, CA against Chapman University on Saturday, March 5, at Ernie Chapman Stadium at 1:00pm PST. The contest will wrap up the trip as the Wolverines fly back to Ann Arbor hours later to resume classes and continue their season. For all of your Michigan men's lacrosse needs, please visit

- Paras (2-1-3) led the team in points with two goals along with one assist, while Yealy (2-0-2), Hrusovsky (1-1-2), Carroll (1-1-2), and Steenland (2-0-2), tied for second in points with two apiece.

- Carroll, Paras, and Yealy have scored in every game this season.

- Greiner finished 10 of 12, and junior faceoff specialist Edward Ernst (Washington, DC – Sidwell Friends) finished 2 of 5 at the "X".

- Greiner led the team with seven groundballs and Carroll was next with five groundballs.

- Stone started the game finishing with four saves and zero goals against. Fowler took over in the second half saving eight and letting in two goals.

- With the win, Michigan extends their overall record to 3-0.

Head Coach John Paul

On general impressions of the game: "I thought we were ready to play, I didn't think we had the same intensity as we do with other big games, but I thought the guys were focused and ready to play. I thought we played a pretty good first quarter; we just weren't finishing. We were getting the shots we wanted, running the offense the way we wanted to run it, we just weren't finishing, but we had confidence that if we kept playing the way we were playing that things were going to start falling in place."

On how the team chemistry and success is progressing: "Well I think this was a turning point, you know this was the game that we had to get through, make sure we had the guys improving during the week and focusing during the week because they are going to be very focused these next couple days for Chapman so that won't be a problem. I'm glad we played the way we did today, knowing that now we're going to have everyone's undivided attention for the rest of the week."

On things to work on for the game against Chapman: "There's a lot to work on, Chapman is an outstanding lacrosse team, we got to see them play on Sunday night. They are very athletic, they play a slightly different style than they have in the past; we have our work cut out for us. We have a lot of things to get better at in the next couple days if we're going to be ready for them."

Sophomore attackman Thomas Paras
On spreading out the scoring on offense: "We've been working on offense, having more of a team offense rather than having isolated dodges. It's been more focused on getting a dodge in, then moving the ball around trying to get the easy goals rather than having one guy try and beat his man and take it to the house. We also have more threats this year than we have in past years which is nice because we have more options; we can rely on more guys if some people are having off games."

On not having much ball possession in the first quarter: "It was really frustrating seeing an offense that took stalling or playing slow to the next level. I guess they didn't really go to the goal they just moved the ball around. It was frustrating for us especially when we did get the ball in the first quarter we threw it away both times we had it, so we weren't playing smart which got us frustrated along with their style of play. Once we got rolling, it was nice to get things going on offense."

On thoughts of the season so far: "It's a process; spring break is always a good chance to measure up against good teams. We played Oregon, LMU and we're going to play Chapman so it lets us know what we need to work on more as the season goes on. Like coach always says, 'you're not going to be where you are in May in February or March,' but it definitely gives us a chance to go out there and see what other teams' strengths are, as well as ours, after a long fall season. So far it's going well, we're undefeated, so I think we're playing well and that we'll start to gel more as the season goes on."

On personal goals or expectations for the season: "I'm just hoping to do my part to help the team get back to Colorado and get back to another championship. Personally, to just try and know that there are a lot of other threats [on the team] and that everyone can play well and just rely on my teammates to win every game and for myself to play well overall."

Junior defenseman Austin Swaney
On his goal: "Greiner did a great job winning the faceoff forward and scooping the groundball himself. He was a step ahead of everyone until everyone was chasing him so I got open and he looked at Chad and passed it then Chad saw I was wide open so he passed me the ball and I took the shot."

On the defense's playing style: "We always start in one set, so when they were stalling and not really attacking, we just kept our cool and stayed focused. Every time we had a break coach would just tell us to stay ready and stay on point and that's what we did."

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