Rally Earns #1 Michigan Win over Spartans, CCLA Title

Saline, Mich. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team won their fourth-straight CCLA Championship on Sunday afternoon (May 2) in Saline, Michigan at Saline High School, defeating #10 Michigan State by a score of 13-11. The Maize and Blue trailed by three late in the third but rattled off six of the next seven goals en-route to the victory.

Just as they had in their previous matchup, the Spartans drew first blood with back to back goals in the first three minutes of the game for the early 2-0 lead. Senior attackman Clark McIntyre (Little Silver, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) drew the Wolverines within one on a dodge from behind the crease, but the Spartans regained their two-goal lead on a man-up opportunity at 8:42.

The Wolverines drew within one again on a nice transition goal finished by junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) followed by a nice dodge and fire from senior midfielder Svet Tintchev (Rockville, MD./Bullis) to tie the game at 3-3. MSU answered right before the quarter break however to take a 4-3 lead into the second quarter.

MSU opened the scoring in the second quarter, scooping up a loose ball and dodging in down the left side for the 5-3 lead. Senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) immediately responded for Michigan, winning the ensuing faceoff and racing in for his second goal in two days.

The Spartans answered just as quickly however, earning the next possession and finding the back of the net to regain the two-goal lead at 13:40. After possessions for both squads, freshman midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) drew the Wolverines within one at 6-5 with 9:19 left in the first half. MSU got a re-direction goal not long after to regain the two-goal lead followed by a transition tally at 5:10 to build their largest lead of the game at 8-5.

U-M finally answered at the 1:25 mark on a man-up goal from just inside the top of the box from senior midfielder Jordan Kirshner (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) as the Wolverines clawed within two headed into the half-time break.

Looking to jump-start the team at the half, U-M turned to junior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss CT) for the final 30 minutes.

Yealy got Michigan on the board first in the third quarter on a low-to-high side arm shot from 10 yards straight out, but the Spartans stopped any momentum gained with a goal from just outside the crease at 9:38 regain the two-goal lead.

MSU added another with 1:06 on the man-up to rebuild their three-goal lead, but sophomore midfielder Steven Levitt (Alpine, N.J./Dwight - Englewood) picked a good time for his first of the season, dodging down the right wing, before spinning back and firing a bouncing, right-handed shot as the Maize and Blue trimmed the Spartan lead to two as the teams entered the fourth quarter with MSU leading 10-8.

Senior attackman Kevin Zorovich (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) got Michigan rolling to start the fourth quarter, dodging from behind the cage and firing a low screamer from the right wing to cut the lead to 10-9. Yealy immediately followed with a pretty dodge through defenders from the left GLE for his third of the game as Michigan knotted things up at 12:53.

The Spartans responded quickly however, scoring just 44 seconds later to regain the lead on the next possession. The back and forth scoring continued as McIntyre took a feed from sophomore defenseman Austin Swaney (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) from behind the cage following a coast-to-coast clear from the second-year player defender.

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