No. 1 Wolverines' Offensive Explosion Tames Broncos

Ann Arbor, Mich. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team put on an offensive show for the fans Friday night (April 2) in Ann Arbor, defeating Western Michigan by a score of 29-5 at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. Freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) put away six goals while also adding five assists to pace the squad offensively, while 13 other players registered a point.

Michigan opened with back-to-back goals from just outside the crease as junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) and senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) finished assists from Paras and junior defenseman Harrison Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham) respectively.

The Broncos collected themselves and scored at 11:05 to draw within one early on. After Zorovich added his own at 8:54, WMU answered right back again on a shot from 15 yards straight out on the man-up. Michigan regained the two-goal lead on their own man-up goal, running the hidden ball trick behind the net before senior midfielder Jamison Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) emerged and fed fellow senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) on the left wing for the goal. Goldberg fed senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) the next time down as Michigan increased their lead to 5-2 late in the first.

Once again however, WMU kept up the pace, scoring on the transition to cut the lead to two at 2:29. The high scoring action continued in the late stages of the first as Michigan scored back-to-back goals, including one right off the faceoff where senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) cleanly won it forward to himself before feeding Yealy right out front.

Michigan scored first in the second quarter as Paras cut across the face of the cage from the left GLE to give Michigan the 8-3 lead with 13:59 left in the second. Paras's goal opened the floodgates in the second as Michigan ran off 11 unanswered goals in the period. Ein was especially impressive during the run, putting home four goals and adding two helpers. Senior midfielder Roy Ichikawa (San Diego, Calif./Torrey Pines) added his first of the year during the span, while freshman midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School) recorded his first career assist on a feed to Ein.

After Western got on the board first in the second quarter, Paras rattled of three straight over the next six minutes before sophomore midfielder Sean Sutton (Greenwich, CT./Greenwich) registered his first career goal as a Wolverine. Michigan added two more in the third to take a 24-5 lead into the final frame.

A couple of pretty goals kicked off the fourth including a behind the back assist from Zorovich to Yealy, followed by a behind the back goal from freshman attackman Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), his first as a Wolverine. Three more Maize and Blue goals rounded out the fourth quarter, including the sixth and final goal from Paras, senior midfielder Svet Tintchev's (Rockville, Md./Bullis) second of two tallies, and Goldberg's lone finish.

Statistically, Michigan dominated every category. U-M outshot the Broncos 61-18, and scooped up 69 groundballs compared to 30 by WMU. U-M was 26 of 38 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at an impressive rate, finishing 20 of 23 on clears. Michigan held Western Michigan to just 14-24 totals with a strong ride. The Maize and Blue scored three times on five man-up attempts with WMU scoring once on six attempts.

The Wolverines are right back at home tomorrow night when they host Central Michigan at 7:00pm EST at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse in Ann Arbor.


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