No. 1 Wolverines Roll Over the Chippewas

Ann Arbor, Mich. The #1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team cruised to another victory on Friday night (March 27) in Ann Arbor, defeating Central Michigan by a score of 21-4 in front of 291 fans at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. The Wolverines jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first five minutes of play and never looked back en-route to their eighth win of the season and second in the CCLA conference.

Michigan got on the board on their first possession, as senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) kept up his solid play, finishing an assist from senior captain Riley Kearns (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) for the 1-0 lead. Sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) added back-to-back goals under a minute later before junior Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) added two of his own near the 10-minute mark as Michigan exploded out of the gates for the 5-0 lead.

After multiple possessions for each squad, junior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) scored a quick stick goal right out in front after a feed from behind the cage from senior attackman Wes McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest). U-M finished off the quarter with a late goal from junior captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) as the Wolverines took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

Michigan slowed down the pace in the second quarter, and along with a few sloppy possessions, only notched three goals in the period. Hrusovsky added two more goals in the first seven minutes of the quarter, followed by another Yealy tally at 4:03. CMU finally got on the board late in the first half as U-M took a 10-1 lead into the locker-room.

Hrusovsky opened the scoring in the third quarter just under two minutes into the frame, before junior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) finished another McGowan feed for the 12-1 lead. McGowan was on the other end of the next goal, firing from the close left wing after receiving a pass from junior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) on the right GLE.

Zorovich added his third goal of the game on the man-up for Michigan's next tally, but CMU answered just 14 seconds later with their second goal of the game as Michigan led 14-2 mid-way through the third. Ein and McIntyre added two more for U-M, and senior defenseman Jim Petoskey (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) finished off a transition goal before CMU finished off the third quarter scoring as U-M led 17-3 after 45 minutes.

McGowan added back to back goals to open the scoring in the fourth quarter and Ein added back-to-back goals of his own over the next seven minutes to close out the Wolverine scoring. CMU scored with 1:09 left as the Wolverines walked away with the 21-4 win.

Statistically, Michigan dominated the contest. U-M out-shot their opponent 54 to 22, and won the groundball battle, 72 to 40. The Wolverines were 20 of 27 on faceoffs, and finished 20 of 25 on clears, while successfully riding CMU to 11-36 totals. The Maize and Blue finished 1-2 on the man-up, while the Chippewas scored twice in five opportunities.

The Wolverines will be back in action tomorrow night (Saturday, March 28) at 7:00pm at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor when they host the #4 ranked Brigham Young University Cougars in what should be a classic between the two rivals.

2009-03-28



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