Western Michigan Falls to Top-Ranked Michigan

Vicksburg, Mich. -- The #1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team earned a 15-4 win Friday night (April 10) over Western Michigan in Vicksburg, Michigan at Vicksburg High School. Ten Wolverines scored in the effort, as the Maize and Blue earned their third CCLA win of the season and remained undefeated at 12-0.

After Western Michigan opened the scoring at the 11:10 mark, the Wolverines answered on their next possession when sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) scored from right in front. Michigan earned the lead the next time down, as senior midfielder Peter Vasher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) wrapped around the cage and fired high over the goaltenders' shoulder for the 2-1 lead early on.

Yealy added back-to-back goals for the Wolverines between 7:35 and 5:54, receiving feeds from senior midfielder Riley Kearns (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) and sophomore defenseman Harrison Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham) as Michigan extended the lead to 4-1 mid-way through the quarter. Kearns added his own with 1:27 left in the quarter, faking his defender behind the cage before coming out front and firing low as Michigan led 5-1 after one quarter of play.

Junior midfielder Jamie Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) notched a man-up goal to open the second quarter scoring on a fake and dunk down low, before feeding Yealy on another man-up opportunity as U-M continued to pull away early. Junior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) scored the Wolverines' eighth unanswered goal 1:40 later on a feed from Yealy.

Western Michigan notched their second goal of the game at 7:57 of the second before Michigan answered four minutes later on a hard shot from the top of the box from freshman Robert Healy (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep). Junior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, Md./Bullis) added his first of the game on Michigan's next possession for the 10-2 lead late in the first half.

The Wolverines got going again immediately in the third, as U-M won the opening faceoff and Riley Kearns fed an open Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) on the far right wing before the second-year player fired for his second goal of the season. Kearns added his own just moments later dodging in on the left side for the 12-2 early in the second.

After WMU scored back to back goals at 11:20 and 8:29 to cut the lead to 12-4, senior attackman Wes McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) scored from just outside the crease after Ein picked off a pass on the ride and fed a wide-open McGowan down low. Zorovich added his second of the game just over a minute later, shoveling a ball into the cage while having his back to the goal. Junior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, Md./Bullis) scored right before the end of the quarter on a feed from behind the cage from Ein as Michigan took a 15-4 lead into the fourth.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the fourth quarter as a combination of solid defense and sloppy play resulted in a lack of quality chances for both squads as Michigan walked away with the easy 15-4 win.Statistically, Michigan won every major category. U-M out-shot their opponent 47 to 16, and won the groundball battle, 56 to 26.

The Wolverines were 16 of 23 on faceoffs, and finished a solid 27 of 34 on clears, while riding WMU to 16-36 totals. The Maize and Blue finished 2-5 on the man-up, while the Broncos failed to score in four opportunities. The Wolverines will be back in action tomorrow night (April 11) when they head to Lake Forest High School, just outside Chicago, to take on #20 Illinois at 4:00 pm CST.

2009-04-11



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