Wolverines Stop Spartans in Great Lakes Lacrosse Classic

Birmingham, Mich. - The #1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team closed out their regular season on Saturday night (April 25), defeating the #14 ranked Michigan State Spartans by a score of 21-9 in the fourth annual Great Lakes Lacrosse Classic in Birmingham, Michigan at Seaholm High School.

After lightning delayed the start the game by over an hour, Michigan jumped out to a 6-1 lead with 10:59 to go in the second quarter before another lightning delay caused both teams to wait over an hour before taking the field again. The Spartans were able to take advantage of some sloppy clearing by Michigan to close the gap to 9-5 at the half, but the Wolverines scored the first 5 goals of the third quarter to pull away for good.

The Spartans opened the scoring on a dunk from down low just over five minutes into the contest, but sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) got the Wolverines on the board just over a minute later, dodging from behind the cage and firing low from just outside the crease. Yealy got the Wolverines their first lead of the game just over a minute later on a highlight-reel goal when he took a feed from junior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa), and while being knocked down fired high for the early lead.

Junior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) extended the lead to 3-1 on another feed from Zorovich from behind the cage at 6:41. Zorovich kept up his assist frenzy, dishing another pass to Yealy who cut down the middle and fired low for the early 4-1 lead late in the first quarter.

David Rogers added another Wolverine goal just before the end of the quarter on a dodge and bounce shot as the Maize and Blue took a 5-1 lead into the second.

Senior midfielder Peter Vasher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) kept the Wolverines rolling in the opening minutes of the second quarter, scooping up a loose ball in front following his initial shot and firing high for the five goal lead.

Shortly following Vasher's goal, the officials suspended the game due to another lightning storm, and both teams were forced to return to the locker-rooms for over an hour.

Vasher picked up where he left off following the lengthy delay, scoring just 30 seconds back into the contest. MSU answered however on a transition goal at 7:04 before adding another just over 30 seconds later to cut the lead to 7-3 midway through the second quarter.

Junior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, MD./Bullis) responded for the Wolverines at the 5:21 mark, but the Spartans came right back, scoring on the transition to cut the lead to 8-4.

Another Yealy goal on a scrum in front 16 seconds later was followed by another MSU tally seconds later as the back and forth scoring continued. The Maize and Blue clung to a 9-5 lead after the first half of play.

As it has been all year, the third quarter proved to be decisive for the Wolverines. Yealy notched back-to-back goals to open the scoring, finishing off a turnover for the first goal before firing high from 12 yards out for the second of the two tallies as Michigan led 11-5. Senior midfielder Aaron Hodari (Bloomfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) scored a nifty goal for the Wolverines under five minutes later, dodging through two defenders and firing to the far pipe.

Junior defensive midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) kept the Wolverines rolling, notching back-to-back goals before MSU responded just before the end of the quarter on the man-up as U-M took a 14-6 lead into the final frame.

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2009-04-28



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