No. 1 Michigan Downs Brigham Young in Quarterfinals

Denver, Colo. The #1 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team advanced to the semifinal round of the MCLA National Championship tournament with a 16-11 win over #8 Brigham Young in quarterfinal action on Thursday night (May 13) in Denver, Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Michigan jumped out to a 9-5 lead at the half, and after BYU cut the margin to two early in the third, U-M was able to hold off the Cougars for the remainder of the game while scoring five of the last six goals in the contest.

BYU opened the scoring just 16 seconds in following a Wolverine turnover, but the Wolverines answered immediately as junior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) took a feed from senior midfielder David Rogers (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) and finished to knot the game at 1-1 early on.

The back and forth action continued as BYU scored at 13:01 to regain the one-goal lead. Trailing by a goal, junior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Hills, Colo./Cherry Creek) came up with two big saves to keep the BYU lead to one goal early in the first.

Freshman attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) knotted the game up at 2-2 at 10:07 on an unassisted tally before senior faceoff specialist David Reinhard (East Lansing, Mich./East Lansing) won the ensuing faceoff, raced in and fired for Michigan's first lead of the game.

BYU tied the game at 3-3 on a dodge down the left wing, before the Wolverines killed off a one-minute slashing call, followed by senior midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky's (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) lone goal of the game as U-M regained the one-goal lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter. Neither team found the back of the net during the remainder of the period as Michigan took a 4-3 lead into the second.

U-M opened the scoring early in the second, as Reinhard won the first faceoff, dished it to Paras who found senior attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) on the close right wing for the two-goal lead.

After multiple possessions for both squads, the Cougars closed the gap to one following a Michigan turnover on a clear attempt. Paras helped the Maize and Blue rebuild their two-goal lead over two minutes later on a dodge from behind the cage as U-M led 6-4 with just over five minutes left in the half. BYU immediately answered however at 4:41 to once again cut the lead to one.

Yealy netted his second of the game just seven seconds later following the ensuing faceoff as U-M quickly extended the lead to two again. Yealy banged home another on a dodge from behind the cage as Michigan built their largest lead of the game at that point at 8-5 with 3:29 left in the second.

Paras extended the lead to 9-5 on a quick dodge down the left wing followed by a shot against the grain as the Maize and Blue led by four at the half.

BYU scored immediately after the opening faceoff in the third-quarter, followed by another tally at 13:08 on a transition tally to cut the lead to 9-7.

Michigan regained the three-goal lead on Yealy's fourth of the game as he cut back-side and took a feed from Paras before firing quickly. Yealy added his fifth on a nice goal from just outside the crease, taking a low pass from Rogers and finishing as the Wolverines regained the four-goal lead.

After possessions for both squads, BYU cut the lead to 11-8 on a transition goal to close out the third-quarter scoring.

BYU opened the scoring in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to two at the 11:10 mark followed by a thirty-second man-up opportunity that the Cougars were able to capitalize on to trim the lead to 11-10 with over 10 minutes left in the final frame.

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