Yealy Dominates as No. 1 Wolverines Double up Bulldogs

Milwaukee, WI. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team put together a dominant first half, and eventually cruised to victory on Saturday afternoon (March 27), defeating #6 Minnesota-Duluth by a score of 14-7 in Milwaukee on the Marquette campus. Junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) out-scored the Bulldogs on his own, notching nine goals in the game, including five in the first quarter as the Wolverines improved to 7-0.

Yealy opened the contest with back-to-back goals from in tight, assisted on the second tally from behind the net from freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatious). Duluth answered right back, winning the ensuing faceoff and scoring from the right wing on a settled possession.

Yealy added his third on the ride, stripping the goaltender and walking in alone for the 3-1 lead. After Duluth jumped early on the next faceoff, Michigan earned another immediate possession and senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) fed Yealy from behind the cage for Yealy's fourth of the game half-way into the first quarter.

The Wolverines kept rolling, earning a two-man up opportunity late in the first, before senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) fired from the top of the box through traffic to increase the Wolverines' lead to 5-1.

The Wolverines enjoyed another two-man up chance on their next time down, but Michigan was unable to capitalize during the 30-second span. The Bulldog penalties continued however, and a slashing call resulted in Yealy's fifth of the game on a nice feed from senior midfielder Jamison Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown). Goldberg went to his knees on the left GLE to receive a pass before quickly feeding Yealy out front for the final tally of the first.

Goldberg kept up his feeding ways, hitting Zorovich right outside the crease midway through the second for the 7-1 lead before the Bulldogs added their second of the game two minutes later to draw within five.

Michigan regained the six-goal lead at 3:28 on another man-up goal, as Zorovich fed a cutting Yealy for his sixth of the game on a bouncing shot from just outside the crease. Yealy's domination continued as he finished off the scoring in the first half, taking a feed from junior defenseman Justin Burgin (Farmington Hills, Mich./Catholic Central) on the transition and finishing just out front for his seventh goal in the first 30 minutes of the game.

Michigan got on the board first in the third quarter as senior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, MD./Bullis) took a feed from Paras and finished from right out front as Michigan built their largest lead of the game at 10-2. Regardless of the Bulldogs' attempt to shut off Yealy, junior midfielder Roy Ichikawa (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) found the third-year player open again in front for his eighth goal of the game under three minutes later. Neither team scored during the remainder of the quarter as Michigan took an 11-3 lead into the final frame.

With the Wolverines shuffling in reserves and the game essentially out of reach, UMD notched back-to-back goals to open the fourth quarter to cut the Michigan lead to 11-5. Kirshner added his second of the game at 9:23 to slow the Bulldog momentum, but Duluth answered right back :56 later on a shot from the right wing.

Paras registered his first of the game at 5:39 as the back and forth action continued, taking a feed from the right GLE from Zorovich before quickly dipping and dunking for the goal. Yealy added his ninth and final goal of the game on a feed from Paras with less than five minutes left in the contest. UMD added an inconsequential goal with under a minute left as the Wolverines walked away with the 14-7 win.

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2010-03-28



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