No. 2 Michigan Defeats No. 11 UC Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif. The #2 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team earned their second win of the season on Wednesday night (February 26), defeating #11 UC-Santa Barbara by a score of 7-5 on the UCSB campus. Michigan trailed by a goal at the half, but came out strong in the third quarter, out-scoring their opponent 3-0 en route to the win.

Junior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) opened the scoring in the contest, wrapping around the cage and coming off the right post for the 1-0 lead. UCSB answered on their next possession on a shot from just outside the crease to knot the game up 1-1 early in the first.

The teams traded possessions over the next eight minutes with the Gauchos killing off a 30-second man-down in the process. Michigan's best opportunity came on a shot from senior Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) who received a pass on the right wing and fired quickly, only to find the right pipe.

UCSB was able to strike right before the end of the quarter, after a long pass deep in the Gaucho zone found an open player alone 15 yards out from the Michigan cage. A high shot found its way past sophomore goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss, CT) as time expired and Santa Barbara took a 2-1 lead into the second quarter.

Santa Barbara extended their lead to 3-1 on a transition goal at 8:57 of the second but the Wolverines eventually answered five minutes later after a successful ride produced a turnover that was scooped up by sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire). Yealy dodged in and fired low to the far-side post to draw Michigan within one with three and a half minutes left in the first half.

The teams traded possessions through the remainder of the quarter but the Gauchos were nailed for an off-sides penalty as time expired in the second, giving the Wolverines a 30-second man-up to open the third quarter.

UCSB was able to kill the initial penalty, but Michigan put together a solid possession next time down. Sitting the first half due to injury, senior attackman Peter Vasher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) came out of the locker room in the third quarter la Willis Reed and immediately contributed. Vasher fed an open Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) just outside the crease after beating his man on a dodge to tie the game at 3-3 early in the third.

Michigan jumped ahead at the 9:43 mark as Yealy notched his second of the game, coming around the cage and firing from the close right wing to make it 4-3 in favor of the Maize and Blue.

With "Big Mo" in favor of the Wolverines, UCSB called a timeout at the 4:14 mark of the third after earning possession in the U-M zone. Michigan was up to the task defensively and increased their lead with :21 left in the third quarter on a transition goal as senior defender Zach Elyachar (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) scooped up a loose ball, carried it deep into the zone and fed junior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) on the right wing. Ein fired high and beat the UCSB goaltender over his right shoulder for the 5-3 Wolverine lead going into the final frame.

The teams traded possessions for the first five minutes of the fourth, before UCSB scored at the 10:22 mark on a shot from the right wing to draw within one at 5-4. Michigan answered three minutes later as Yealy notched his third, dodging in from the left GLE and firing low between the goalies legs to re-establish the two-goal Wolverine lead mid-way through the fourth.

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