Second-Half Surge Powers Michigan Over Arizona

Tucson, Ariz. The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team won their season opener on Saturday night (February 27) in Tucson, defeating #23 Arizona by a score of 15-5. The Wolverines struggled to find their rhythm early on, but eventually picked up the pace in the second half, outscoring the Laxcats 10-2 in the final 30 minutes. Junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) picked up where he left off from his past two seasons, notching six goals in the contest to pace the Wolverines.

The Wildcats got on the board first, scoring under two and half minutes into the game after earning the first solid possession of the contest. The Wolverines answered midway through the quarter on the man-up on a shot from the left wing from Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) that snuck inside the far-post. Yealy gave Michigan their first lead of the game with 3:02 left in the first putting home a rebound in front following a shot from Hrusovsky.

The Laxcats tied the game with just 15 seconds left in the first quarter on a low screamer from the left wing. Michigan regained the lead early in the second period on a tight angle shot from freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) just over a minute in. Senior captain David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) gave U-M a two-goal lead at 9:02, clearing the ball down the right wing before firing low from 15 yards out for the 4-2 lead.

Under two minutes later Arizona responded, cutting the lead to one midway through the period. After multiple possessions for both squads, Yealy banged home his second of the game on a feed from behind by senior Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with just :52 left in the first half as Michigan took the 5-3 lead into the break.

Yealy got the Wolverines going early in the second half, scoring just over a minute in following a successful Michigan ride that forced a turnover just outside the box. Yealy scooped up the loose ball and raced in one on one with the goaltender before dipping and dunking for 6-3 lead.

Arizona didn't back down however, scoring at 9:14 to the lead to two on a low shot from the left wing. Hrusovsky's second goal helped the Wolverines regain the momentum and the three-goal lead at the 4:36 mark before Yealy notched his fourth of the game just 46 seconds later as Michigan started putting things together offensively.

The U-M run continued as Paras netted his second of the game, cutting across the face of the goal before firing low. Senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) gave Michigan a six-goal lead just before the end of the third quarter on a transition feed from freshman defenseman J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola) as the Wolverines started to pull away.

Senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) kept the momentum in Michigan's favor scoring just 14 seconds into the fourth, taking it down the right wing by himself before shooting from 15 yards out. Kirshner was on the other end of the next tally, feeding a cutting Yealy on the transition for the 12-4 lead with less than 12 minutes left in the game.

Yealy and Zorovich connected again at 9:49 on another feed from behind, this time on the man-up for Yealy's sixth and final goal of the game, and Zorovich's fifth assist.

McIntyre netted his second tally just under a minute later on a feed from senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) before Paras closed out the Michigan scoring with his third of the game with 5:33 left. A late goal from Arizona with 1:04 left resulted in the 15-5 final.

Statistically, the Wolverines won every category. U-M outshot their opponent 46-29, and recorded 48 groundballs to the Laxcats 32. U-M was 15 of 24 on faceoffs, and finished 18 of 26 on clears, while riding UA to 9-24 totals. Michigan scored three times on five man-up attempts, while allowing Arizona one goal on three attempts.

The Wolverines will be back in action Wednesday, March 3, when they travel to Tempe to take on #3 Arizona State at the ASU Women's Soccer Stadium at 7:00pm MST.


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