#1 Maize and Blue Advance to CCLA Finals over Chips

Saline, Mich. - The #1 ranked University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team earned a 20-6 win over Central Michigan on Saturday afternoon, May 3 in Saline, Michigan at Saline High School in the CCLA Conference Tournament semifinals. 10 Wolverines scored in the contest in a game that saw the ball on the ground as much as in the air. With the win, the Wolverines advanced to the finals, where they will take on Buffalo on Sunday afternoon.

Central Michigan got on the board first, scoring on a transition goal just over two minutes into the contest, but junior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) evened the game on a shot from the near right wing that snuck in just inside the far post. Senior captain and attackman Riley Kearns (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) got the Wolverines their first lead of the game at the 8:01 mark, shoveling a ball into the cage while being knocked down just outside the crease.

Junior midfielder and captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) extended the Wolverine lead on their next possession on a shot from 12 yards out. Senior midfielder Peter Vasher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) kept the Wolverines rolling, scoring from nearly the same spot for the early 4-1 lead with 5:50 left in the first

CMU scored on another transition goal following a clear to cut the lead to two, but junior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) immediately responded for the Wolverines, finishing a Zorovich feed for the 5-2 lead.

Just before the end of the first, sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) notched his first of the game on another Zorovich assist from behind the cage. Yealy cut down the middle and fired for the 6-2 Wolverine lead going into the second quarter.

Michigan kept up the pace early in the second quarter, scoring three quick goals in the first four minutes from three different players. Vasher got things going just 53 seconds in before junior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) and Yealy added two goal more, both finishing assists from Kearns.

After multiple possessions for both squads, Yealy streaked down the middle and took a pass from Vasher before firing high for his third goal of the game. Just 32 seconds later, Yealy closed out the first half scoring on another dunk goal from just outside the crease as Michigan took a 11-2 lead into the half-time break.

Vasher notched his third goal of the game to open the third-quarter scoring, finishing from just out in front. Senior midfielder Aaron Hodari (Bloomfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day) buried a low shot from the right wing after dodging past his defender as Michigan scored their ninth unanswered goal early in the third.

CMU stopped the scoring run there, notching their third goal of the game at the 9:36 mark of the third. Just 25 seconds later however, junior midfielder Michael Bartomioli (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville) scooped up a loose ball in front of the CMU cage and quickly fired as Michigan regained their 11-goal lead.

Senior captain and defenseman Zach Elyachar (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) put together a nifty play on Michigan's next clearing attempt, streaking down the right wing before faking a pass to the corner. With the defense out of sorts, Elyachar moved it to senior attackman Wes McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) just a few feet away in front, and McGowan finished the play for his first of the game.

Central notched a man-up goal at the 2:53 mark on a nice dip and dunk from the left wing, but once again the Wolverines quickly answered as McGowan buried another goal from just outside the crease after taking a feed from the right wing from McIntyre. With the goal, the Maize and Blue led 16-4 going into the final frame.

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