April 1, 2011

Same Old: No. 1 Michigan Toys with No. 2 CSU

from press release

–The No. 1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team defeated No. 2 Colorado State on Friday night by a score of 11-3 in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, handing the Rams their first loss of the year. The Maize and Blue jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first half and never looked back. Sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led the Wolverines with three goals, all in the first quarter, as Michigan cruised to their 10th win of the season.

Michigan opened the scoring just under two minutes into the game on a dodge down the left wing from Paras which was followed up by a man-down kill from the Maize and Blue coming off a push call. Paras buried his second at 10:02 following an assist from senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) for the early 2-0 lead.

Following a nice stop from senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) and a successful Wolverine clear, Paras scored his third of the first quarter at 5:18 on a dodge from behind.

UM was awarded a man-up opportunity moments later, and the Wolverines capitalized as sophomore transfer Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mt. Airy, MD./Urbana – St. Johns) buried a low bouncer on the right wing following a feed from sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) to give Michigan the 4-0 lead late in the first.

Colorado State answered with their first of the game with 32 seconds left in the first quarter to cut the lead to 4-1 after the first 15 minutes.

Both teams had man-up opportunities early in the second quarter, but neither team was able to capitalize with multiple possessions following for both squads over the next 10 minutes. U-M finally found the back of the net on a man-up tally from Carroll from the right wing following another top-side feed Hrusovsky as Michigan led 5-1 with 4:35 left in the second.

Dutton-O'Hara buried his second of the game on another feed from Hrusovksy followed by a save and clear from Stone that resulted in a transition chance for freshman midfielder Jeff Janer (Novi, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central). The first-year played ripped a high, hard one on the run from the right wing for the 7-1 lead after 30 minutes.

As they have all season, Stone was replaced by senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI – Hotchkiss, CT) at the start of the second half. Hrusovsky scored his lone tally of the night to get things rolling again in the third quarter just a minute in. Carroll scored his second goal under two minutes later on a feed from senior captain and attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire).

The quick scoring continued as the Rams added their second goal of the night at 11:18 to trim the lead to 9-2. Neither team scored over the final 11 minutes of the third as Fowler stopped five shots in the third quarter.

The Wolverines scored first in the fourth quarter as Yealy buried his lone tally of the game on a feed from junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Birmingham-Seaholm) to increase the U-M lead to 10-2 five minutes into the final frame.

CSU notched their third of the game at 5:18 on a dodge from behind the goal to cut the lead to 10-3. Senior captain and long-stick midfielder Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) rebuilt the eight-goal lead at 1:39, taking a feed from junior midfielder Rob Healy (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) right outside the crease before dipping and dunking for the final goal of the game as Michigan won 11-3.

Statistically, Michigan won every category but faceoffs. They out-shot CSU 39-23, scooped up 35 groundballs compared to 28, but lost 11 of 18 faceoffs. Both teams cleared the ball well, with Michigan finishing 23-27, while CSU was 14-19. U-M scored twice on five man-up attempts, while UCSB failed to score on three opportunities.

The Wolverines will be back in action at home on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00pm EST against #3 Arizona State at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor, MI. For all of your Michigan men's lacrosse needs, please visit mgobluelacrosse.com.

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