#1-Ranked University of Michigan Pummels Minnesota

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- The #1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team closed out the weekend with a 17-5 win over Minnesota at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor on Sunday afternoon in front of 212 fans. The Maize and Blue jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after a quarter of play and never looked back as 10 Wolverines scored goals in the contest.

U-M came out firing, notching three goals in the first seven minutes with tallies from junior captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills), junior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and senior captain Riley Kearns (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice).

Coming off a three-goal performance the previous night, senior midfielder Aaron Hodari (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Detroit Country Day) made it 4-0 after spinning off a defender and firing a bouncing shot that snuck just inside the left post. Junior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, Md./Bullis) closed out the scoring in the first quarter with his first tally of the year as Michigan took a 5-0 lead.

Zorovich banged home his second of the contest to open the second quarter, banging home a shot down low after a feed from Kearns. Sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) then got in on the act and added back to back goals of his own over the next four minutes as Michigan extended the lead to 8-0.

Senior attackman Wes McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) notched his first of the game and second of the season dodging in from the left GLE and firing high from just outside the crease for the goal. McGowan was on the opposite side of Michigan's next tally, feeding junior Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson ĘC Fair Haven) in front for his third goal of the year.

The Golden Gophers finally got on the board just 17 seconds later, scoring on the transition to make it 10-1 in favor of the Wolverines midway through the second quarter. Despite some quality possessions, U-M was never able to find the back of the net for the remainder of the quarter, but took a large lead into the break.

Michigan started going deeper in the third quarter, predictably with mixed results. The high-light came on a transition goal started by a check and groundball from senior captain Zach Elyachar (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) who fed Colin Bayer on the left wing. Bayer dodged a defender and fed McGowan, who dished it to a wide open Josh Ein (Potomac, Md./Bullis) on the right wing for the 13-1 lead midway through the third.

The Wolverines mixed play continued into the fourth, with freshman midfielder Rob Healy (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) standing out with the first two goals of his career as Michigan cruised to victory.

Statistically, Michigan put on another impressive show. U-M out-shot their opponent 51 to 19, and won the groundball battle, 67 to 34. The Wolverines were 21 of 25 on faceoffs, and finished 16 of 20 on clears, while riding Minnesota to 13-34 totals. The Maize and Blue finished 0-2 on the man-up, while the Golden Gophers were never awarded a man-up opportunity.

The Wolverines will have a week to prepare before taking on local opponent Eastern Michigan on Friday night (March 20) at 8:00pm EST at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor.

Notes

* Junior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) was dominant during his time on the field, winning 11 of 12 faceoffs while freshman Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) also shined, going 10 of 13.

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2009-03-16



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