October 14, 2010

Michigan Knocks Off Grand Valley State

from press release

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team opened their fall-ball scrimmage schedule on Wednesday night (October 13) in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, defeating CCLA Division II member Grand Valley State University by an unofficial score of 16-10. In front of a relatively large crowd for fall-ball scrimmage game on a weeknight, the two teams played four, 15-minute quarters with a complete unit of referees watching over.

Michigan opened the scoring just a minute in on a goal from freshman midfielder Doug Bryant (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) before senior attackman and captain Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) scored a minute later to give the Wolverines a quick 2-0 lead. Sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) followed with two of his own mid-way through the opening 15 along with junior midfielder Alex Vasileff's (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) first of three as Michigan built a 5-0 lead late in the first quarter. GVSU scored with just over a minute remaining in the quarter to cut the U-M lead to four entering the second quarter.

The Lakers notched two goals in the first three minutes of the second quarter to trim the lead to two at 5-3 before freshman midfielder Andrew Hayden (Carlsbad, CA./La Costa Canyon) and Vasileff added two within two minutes mid-way through the quarter. Following a GVSU goal shortly after, freshman attackman Ryan Snyder (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) added his lone goal of the match followed by Vasileff's third of the match with 4:04 left in the half as Michigan opened a 9-4 lead.

Grand Valley State scored to wrap up the third, along with adding the first goal of the third quarter to draw within three at 9-6. Yealy responded two minutes later followed by a nice transition goal from senior long-stick midfielder Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) who took a feed near midfield from sophomore defenseman J.D. Johnson (Malibu, CA./Loyola) and finished on an open net with the goalie out on the ride. Bryant added his second under two minutes later followed by Yealy's third as Michigan built their largest lead of the game at 13-6.

Once again however, the Lakers closed out the scoring in the period as the teams entered the fourth with U-M ahead by a six-goal margin.

The teams battled it out in an even fourth quarter with both squads finding the back of the net three times, with Yealy adding his fourth and fifth in the final frame as the Maize and Blue earned the 16-10 unofficial win.

Unofficially, the Wolverines finished strong at the "X", posting 23-30 totals between junior Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) (11-15) and sophomore Harrison Silver (South Salem, N.J./John Jay) (12-15). Both of Michigan's senior goaltenders saw action with Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss CT) starting the game and playing the first half, while Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) came in for the final 30 minutes. Each allowed five goals in their respective halves.

U-M will practice for the next two weeks before heading south to Granville, Ohio to take on DIII Denison on Saturday, October 23 at 4:30pm in the team's final fall-ball inter-squad scrimmage.


Head Coach John Paul

On his general impressions: "You go into a fall-ball scrimmage just wanting to get a clear sense of where you really stand on things and I think we got that tonight. We're in a horrible place right now, but that's a combination of a lot of things. Number one, we haven't put much in at this point. Number two, we were missing a lot of key guys who lead us. The offense was sloppy and tried to force things, but that's just a matter of guys getting on the field for the first time against another team. It's not totally unexpected at this point though. We'll be fine. It's actually our first win in the fall in years so I guess we should be happy about that."

On the opponent: "This was an excellent opponent for us. Grand Valley has a really good team and they have some guys out there that we'd love to have. They came in jacked up and ready to play and you could tell they wanted to prove something. But they didn't have anything to prove to me. I knew they were a good team. We got to play against a team that played hard and that's exactly what we wanted."

On the next step: "We won't get a lot more in before the next scrimmage but it gives us another two weeks to work on the things we learned from tonight. We'll look at the film and pick the most glaring issues and really focus on those. You never expect to be where you want to be in the middle of the season at this point. At least we don't."

On the positives: "There were some positives tonight. A few of the freshman got in and played well for it being there first time. I liked some of the things Jeff Janer did in transition. Hayden and Bryant both showed some poise. Synder played hard and loves to stick his nose in there. I also thought both goalies played well. Fowler looked sharp and looked better clearing the ball. Overall, there are just so many things we need to work on and it's just a matter of picking a few and making those our mission over the next couple of days."

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