No. 22 Colorado Snaps No. 1 Michigan's 49-Game Streak

Boulder, Colo. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse dropped their first game in almost three years on Friday night (April 9), falling to #22 Colorado in Boulder by a score of 12-10. Michigan fell behind early and eventually trailed by seven goals in the fourth quarter before going on a five-goal run to draw within two. The Wolverines were unable to draw any closer, however, in the final minutes of the game as the Buffs held on in the end.

The teams traded possession in the opening moments of the game, with Colorado opening the scoring at the 11:42 mark to earn the early 1-0 lead. The Buffs made it 2-0 three minutes later on a dodge and fire from 10 yards out front.

The Wolverines got on the board at 6:39 when senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) fed fellow senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) from behind the cage as Michigan drew within one.

Colorado rebuilt their two-goal lead immediately following the goal, winning the faceoff and racing into the zone at 6:28 of the first. The Buffs continued to out-work the Wolverines early, thwarting a U-M clear attempt and scoring off the turnover to make it 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Colorado increased their lead to 5-1 with the first goal of the second quarter, under two minutes in on a shot from just outside the crease. The Wolverines finally answered at 9:21 on another McIntyre Zorovich connection, this time with McIntyre feeding Zorovich out front for the quick-stick goal to cut the lead to three.

U-M scored again at 3:35 of the first half as Zorovich fed junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) right out front on the Wolverines' first man-up attempt to make it 5-3 Colorado. Michigan controlled possession for the remainder of the quarter but it was the Buffs that were able to score with just five seconds left in the period following a clear and timeout as Michigan trailed going into the half for the first time this season.

Colorado scored first in the third quarter to retain the momentum, and to increase their lead to 7-3 at the 13:54 mark. The Buffs kept rolling, scoring again two minutes later on a nice cross-goal feed and finish from just outside the crease to build their largest lead of the game at that point at five.

Colorado scored again at 8:10 on a broken ride, but Michigan answered at 7:05 as freshman midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) cut across the front of the cage and fired low to cut the lead to 9-4. The back and forth action continued as Colorado scored immediately following the ensuing faceoff to regain the six-goal lead.

After possessions for both teams, senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, Md./Bullis) scored on a low screamer from the right wing on the man-up to cut the lead to 10-5. The Buffs immediately answered however on another broken ride and one on one with Michigan goaltender, junior Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek). Michigan earned another man-up right before the quarter break, but failed to score despite two quality chances as U-M trailed 11-5 entering the final frame.

The Buffs scored again to open the fourth quarter, winning the faceoff and racing in for the goal just 16 seconds into the period. Zorovich notched his second of the game five minutes later as Michigan cut the lead to 12-6 with time slowly running out. Zorovich added another just 36 seconds later on a blast from the right wing, before senior midfielder Michael Bartomioli (Pleasantville, N.Y./Pleasantville/Providence) made a 30-yard pass on a Wolverine clear attempt to McIntyre who was parked right outside the crease for his second of the game.

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