#1 Seed Wolverines Top Sonoma to Advance to Semifinals

Denver, CO. –The #1 seeded University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team brought their best to the field Wednesday night (May 13) in Denver, Colorado, defeating #9 Sonoma State 22-6 in a quarterfinal round matchup in the MCLA National Championship Tournament at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Wolverines exploded out of the gates, opening up a 17-4 lead at the half and cruised down the stretch.

Michigan got on the board with a transition tally started by senior captain and defenseman Zach Elyachar (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands) who raced down field and found fellow senior captain Riley Kearns (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) on the left wing. Kearns fired high for the early 1-0 lead.

On the next Wolverine possession, junior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, Md./Bullis) fed Kearns on the left GLE before Kearns cut out front and scored. Tintchev was on the other end of a Maize and Blue tally just moments later, taking a feed from behind the cage and firing from just outside the crease for the early three goal lead.

Sonoma State answered on their next possession, but Kearns kept Michigan rolling, taking a feed from senior midfielder Peter Vasher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and firing just out front as Michigan led 4-1 midway through the first. U-M kept their foot on the pedal, as junior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) took a feed from behind the cage from senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and fired from 10 yards out for the 5-1 lead.

SSU got their second goal of the game at the 2:53 mark of the first, but once again, Michigan was quick to answer as Zorovich banged home his second goal of the game on a feed from sophomore attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire). The combination added another the next time down with Yealy on the other end this time, followed by another Yealy tally, this time taking a feed from junior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) as Michigan took a 8-2 lead into the second.

The quarter-break didn't slow the Wolverines one bit as senior long-stick midfielder Jim Petoskey (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) fed junior midfielder Michael Bartomioli (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville) on the transition immediately following the faceoff as Michigan continued their solid play early on. Junior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, Md./Bullis) was the next Wolverine to get in on the action, taking a feed from Vasher and scoring from just outside the crease for the 10-2 lead mid-way through the second.

The barrage continued as junior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson – Fair Haven) dodged around the cage and scored while being checked to the ground moments before junior midfielder Jamie Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown Heights) scored from his knees just outside the crease.

Sonona State finally stopped the Wolverine run on a goal at the 7:41 mark of the second. Goldberg and Yealy combined for the next Michigan goal as Goldberg found Yealy cutting down the crease for his third of the game. Tintchev scored his second of the game on an unassisted goal followed by back-to-back goals from Yealy on assists from Steve Levitt (Alpine, N.J./Dwight – Englewood) and Harry Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham).

After a SSU goal at 1:23, Vasher scored on a dodge on the right wing to close out the first-half scoring as Michigan took a dominating 17-4 lead into the half-time break.

It took just under a minute for the Wolverines to get going in the third quarter, as senior attackman Wes McGowan (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) dodged in from the right GLE and scored. Junior captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J/Wayne Hills) notched his lone goal of the contest just under five minutes later, finishing a feed from senior midfielder Aaron Hodari (Bloomfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day).

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2009-05-14



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