Hot Start, Hotter Finish Power #1 Michigan by Miami (OH)

Saline, Mich. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team advanced to the final round of the CCLA Conference Tournament on Saturday (May 1), defeating Miami (Ohio) in semi-final action by a score of 23-5 at Saline High School in Saline, Michigan. The Wolverines jumped out to a 7-0 lead after a quarter of play, but slumped in the second and third quarters before hitting their stride again in the fourth, out-scoring the RedHawks 11-0 in the final 15 minutes.

Michigan scored just :21 into the game as senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) fed junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) for the immediate 1-0 lead. Senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) made it 2-0 after finishing a feed from freshman midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) before Hrusovsky added his own moments later as the Maize and Blue kept rolling early.

Senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) increased the U-M lead to 4-0 on a nice dodge followed by a faceoff win and goal from senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) who scooped up the loose ball and raced in for his second tally of the season. Freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) added his first at 7:04 and the rout was on early. McIntyre added his second of the game right before the quarter break on a feed from Paras as Michigan took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

An illegal stick penalty on Reinhard was killed by the Wolverines to open the second quarter, but Miami was able to score shortly after for their first of the game at the 12:43 mark.

U-M regained the seven-goal lead on a man-up goal from senior midfielder Jamison Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) who was parked on the left GLE. Goldberg took a through pass from Kirshner and buried a bouncing shot. Yealy added his second 42 seconds later for the 9-1 Michigan lead mid-way through the second quarter. Yealy put in another at 6:45, followed by a spin move and goal from Hrusovksy three minutes later as U-M led 11-1 after 30 minutes.

Miami opened the scoring in the second half, just :35 into the period, followed by another Red Hawk goal at 13:03 as Michigan led 11-3. McIntyre responded for Michigan on a nice feed from sophomore midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) followed by another Miami goal, this time on the man-up as U-M still led 12-4 late in the third. The RedHawks added another right before the quarter break on a transition goal to cut the lead to seven as the teams entered the final frame.

After getting out-scored 4-1 in the third quarter, Michigan opened the fourth scoring on a nice cross-crease feed from Zorovich that hit a cutting Paras. Paras fed junior defenseman Harrison Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham) right out front moments later as U-M regained the nine-goal lead.

Goldberg fed Paras on a nice transition goal that featured a number of crisp passes as U-M continued their solid play early in the fourth. Yealy added his fourth at 10:45 on the man-up on another fine pass from Zorovich before senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) netted his first of the game on the man-up, scoring from the right wing on a side-arm blast.

Goldberg added his second at 7:09 from right outside the crease, followed by Paras' fourth and final goal of the contest. Ein then added back-to-back goals within nine seconds of each other at the five-minute mark.

Michigan continued to roll late in the fourth as sophomores Rob Healy (Rochester, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) and Alex Vasileff connected as Vasileff hit Healy on the left wing for his first of the season as U-M led 22-5. Sophomore midfielder Sean Sutton (Greenwich, CT./Greenwich) added his fourth of the season on a feed from Paras to close out the scoring as Michigan advanced to the final round of the CCLA Conference Tournament with the 23-5 win.

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