No. 1 Michigan Starts Fast, Routs Central Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team came out of the gates firing on Saturday night (April 3) in Ann Arbor, scoring seven goals in the first seven minutes, and never looking back in a 19-1 win over Central Michigan. The onslaught slowed after the first quarter, but by that point, the game was long out of reach as eight different Wolverines registered goals, led by seven from junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire).

Michigan opened with the first possession and senior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, MD./Bullis) finished a pass from sophomore midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) for the early lead at 13:24. Freshman midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) dodged in from the left wing for the Wolverines' second goal before Yealy notched back-to-back goals within 34 seconds to put Michigan up 4-0 five minutes in. Yealy was on the other end of the next tally, hitting freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) right outside the crease as the rout was on.

Tintchev made it 6-0 at the 8:55 mark before senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) won the ensuing faceoff and fed Yealy for his third of the game and the 7-0 lead. The Chips first possession came almost 10 minutes in and lasted briefly. A Central Michigan turnover and a Wolverine clear resulted in a solid possession and an eventual slashing call on CMU. Yealy buried a feed from senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) on the man-up as Michigan led 9-0 after a quarter of play.

After multiple possessions for Michigan, it was the Chippewas who scored first in the second, but U-M quickly answered following the ensuing faceoff as Reinhard's pass ricocheted off of Yealy's stick and in. Yealy and the Wolverines kept rolling as the third-year player finished a feed from senior midfielder Jamie Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) for his sixth of the first half. U-M continued to control possession for the rest of the quarter, but was unable to continue their early-game goal-scoring success, taking a 11-2 into the half-time break.

Anthony Hrusovsky got the Wolverines on the board first in the third quarter, 1:47 into the period, followed by a goal from Zorovich, and a nice dodge and fire from Paras at 8:41. Goldberg netted his first of two goals in the game on an assist from Anthony Hrusovsky under two minutes later as U-M took a 15-1 lead. Yealy scored his seventh and final goal of the game to close out the third-quarter scoring as the teams entered the final period.

After an early goal in the fourth from senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), it took Michigan 10 minutes to get on the board again as Goldberg added his second, before Paras wrapped up the game with his fourth just 26 seconds later.

Statistically, Michigan dominated every category for the second night in a row. U-M outshot the Chips 57-13, and scooped up 62 groundballs compared to 29 by CMU. U-M was 22 of 24 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at an impressive rate, finishing 15 of 18. Michigan held Central Michigan to just 8-20 totals with another strong ride. The Maize and Blue scored on all three attempts with CMU scoring once on nine attempts.

The Wolverines are back on the road again this upcoming week when they travel to Colorado to take on Colorado and Colorado State on April 9 and 11 respectively.


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