April 2, 2011

No. 3 Arizona St. Gives Michigan Close Shave

from press release

– The No. 1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team earned a 12-10 win over No. 3 Arizona State on Saturday night (April 2) in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. After taking a 9-3 lead midway through the second, the Sun Devils rattled off five unanswered goals between the second and third quarters to make a game of it. The Maize and Blue held on down the stretch to finish off the weekend with two wins against No. 2 and No. 3.

Michigan started the scoring just over a minute into the game as sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL – Lake Forest) shuffled around his defender, beating the goaltender on the far side. Senior attackman and captain Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA – Upper St. Clair) finished with a low shot on the crease on an assist from junior defender Austin Swaney (Grand Rapids, MI – East Grand Rapids) following a successful Wolverine clear just under two minutes later. ASU quickly answered just twelve seconds later however, scoring on the crease for a 2-1 Michigan lead.

After possessions for each team, junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI – Seaholm) scored a pair of goals separated by three minutes of play with an assist going to Hrusovsky on the first. As Michigan continued to maintain possession of the ball, sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH – St. Ignatius) scored on the point on another assist from Hrusovsky. The Sun Devils cut the lead to 5-2 at the two-minute mark, but Michigan was quick to stop any possible momentum switch. On the ensuing faceoff, senior midfielder Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, MI – Grosse Pointe South/RPI) won the faceoff forward, dodged down the middle and finished with a low blast for the 6-2 Wolverine lead to close out the first quarter.

Before the start of the quarter, ASU was penalized for a deep pocket giving UM a man up opportunity. As the man up unit moved the ball around with poise, Paras scored on a blast just over thirty seconds into the half from senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH – St. Xavier High). ASU attackman Eric Nelson responded for his first of five goals in the game to trim the lead to 7-3.

Shortly after senior defender Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, MI – East Grand Rapids) kept up his scoring touch as of late, dodging and scoring at the 10-minute mark followed by Yealy's second tally just under four minutes later.

Trailing 9-3, ASU rallied with two goals to close out the first half from Eric Nelson to cut the lead to 9-5 after 30 minutes.

As they have all season, senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, CO – Cherry Creek) was replaced by senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI – Hotchkiss, CT) to start the second half.

Arizona State's run continued to kick off the third quarter as the Sun Devils rattled off three more unanswered goals over the next 11 minutes to eventually trim the Wolverine lead to the slimmest of margins at 9-8. Carroll finally responded for Michigan just over a minute later, scoring on the man-up on a high blast following a feed from Hrusovsky from the top.

Neither team scored over the final 3:40 of the third, as U-M took a 10-8 lead into the final frame.

After five minutes of scoreless play, the Sun Devils drew with one again at 10-9, but once again Michigan was able to create a little space, this time on a low screamer from Paras on another assist from Hrusovsky at 7:27. Yealy followed with his third three minutes later following a nice feed from senior midfielder Steve Levitt (Alpine, N.J./Dwight-Englewood) to give the Maize and Blue a three-goal cushion with 4:15 left. Michigan earned possession down the stretch and managed to whittle the clock down before Eric Nelson scored from just outside the crease with 1:29 left to cut the lead to 12-10.

The Sun Devils failed to draw any closer however, as Michigan wrapped up the weekend with two wins over a pair of the MCLA's best.

Statistically, Michigan won every major category. They out-shot ASU 53-33, scooped up 48 groundballs compared to 29 and won 15 of 25 faceoffs. The Maize and Blue cleared the ball at a rate of 13-18 and rode the Sun Devils to 11-18 totals. UM had their best game of the season on the man-up, scoring three times on six man-up attempts, while Arizona State failed to score on their lone opportunity.

The Maize and Blue will be back in action at home on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. against Missouri at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.

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