Hot Start, Solid Finish Powers #1 Michigan over Purdue

Ann Arbor, Mich. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse wrapped up their home schedule on Saturday night (April 17) in Ann Arbor, Mich., defeating Purdue by a score of 28-2 in front of a packed house at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. The Maize and Blue came out on fire, leading by nine goals after 15 minutes. U-M never slowed as the Wolverines got offensive contributions from nearly every conceivable player.

Michigan didn't take long to get rolling, scoring just 22 seconds in on a dodge from the right GLE from freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius), before senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) won the ensuing faceoff and fed junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) right outside the crease for the 2-0 lead.

U-M continued to cruise, as junior long-stick midfielder Matt Asperhiem (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) scooped up a rebound after a shot from senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) and finished for his first of the season. Ein scored himself immediately after, followed by goals from freshman midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), Yealy and senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) as Michigan extended their lead to 7-0 half-way into the first quarter.

Five minutes later, Ein added his second at 3:08 on an assist from Joe Hrusovsky. The elder Hrusovsky, senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) added his first of the game right before the end of the quarter on a blast from the left wing on the man-up as Michigan took a 9-0 lead into the second quarter.

The Wolverines opened up the scoring in the second quarter at 12:40 on a side-arm shot from Ein, before senior midfielder Jamie Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) took a feed from Anthony Hrusovsky on the left wing and fired low for his first of the game just under a minute later for the 11-0 lead.

Yealy and senior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, MD./Bullis) each scored before Purdue got on the board at 9:07 on a clear pass that missed it's recipient but trickled into the goal as Michigan's ten-man ride resulted in the empty cage.

The Maize and Blue offense sputtered for the second half of the second quarter with turnovers and missed opportunities hampering the Wolverine attack. Tintchev eventually finished a feed from Anthony Hrusovsky on the right wing at 1:15, shooting hard against the grain as Michigan led 14-1 after two.

U-M took over right where it left off at the start of the third, as Paras dodged and fired at 11:32, under a minute before Ein tallied his fourth. McIntyre found the back of the net two minutes later for his second of the contest to that point.

After a brief lull in the middle of the quarter, Joe Hrusovsky added his second at 3:21 followed by sophomore midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) scoring his third of the season with 18 seconds left in the quarter. The Maize and Blue weren't finished in the third however as senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) hit Paras with just four seconds left in the period after a clean faceoff win from sophomore Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends).

The Kirshner brothers got in on the act to open the fourth quarter as sophomore midfielder Brent Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished a feed from senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) as Michigan extended the lead to 22-1. McIntyre followed up with his third of the game 1:24 later before Yealy added his fourth at 11:45.

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