Wolverines Take a Bite out of the Gators

Ann Arbor, Mich. -- Michigan hosted the Florida Gators on Saturday evening in Ann Arbor and cruised to a 26-6 win in front of 692 fans. Behind big outputs from senior attackmen Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Clair) along with a career-high goal-scoring night from midfielder Joey Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), the Wolverines open the season 1-0.

Junior midfielder Sean Sutton (Greenwich, CT 每 Greenwich) opened the scoring on a fast break with a quick second goal two minutes later from Hrusovsky. Transfer sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, MD 每 Urbana 每 St. Johns) scored on the Wolverines' first man up opportunity for his first career goal just over three minutes later to quickly make it 3-0.

The Gators snapped back with a goal at 7:45 to close the gap to two but Yealy scored three of the next four for Michigan over the remainder of the quarter as U-M took a 7-1 lead into the second.

Hrusovsky scored at 14:04 in the second for his third goal of the night on a long shot from the wing. Florida answered just under three minutes later, but once again, the Wolverines were quick to dissolve any momentum gained, scoring the next three over a two-minute span to build a 11-2 midway through the quarter.

Following a Gator goal at 4:38 of the second, U-M closed out the scoring in the first half with with Yealy's fifth and junior midfielder Alex Vasileff's (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) lone tally of the night as the Maize and Blue led 13-3 after 30 minutes.

Leading by 10 goals, Michigan kept their foot on the pedal to open the second half, notching eight unanswered goals in the first nine minutes of the quarter, including four goals and an assist from Carroll.

Florida finally responded with back-to-back goals on the man-up, but Carroll slowed the momentum with his fifth goal of the game on a shot from 12 yards straight out as the Wolverines led 22-5 headed into the final frame.

The scoring pace finally slowed for the Maize and Blue in the fourth, with Carroll opening the scoring in the quarter with his sixth at 11:11. Freshman attackman Jeff Chu (Berwyn, PA 每 Conestoga) added two of his own, the first two of his career, over the final 10 minutes including the last goal of the night as the Wolverines walked away with the 26-6 decision.

Statistically, the Wolverines dominated the contest. U-M outshot the Gators 64-19, and scooped up 57 groundballs compared to 29 by UF. U-M was 26 of 35 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at an impressive rate, finishing 16 of 21. Michigan held Florida to just 11-24 totals with their patented ride. Both teams scored three times on five man-up attempts.

The Wolverines will now travel to Los Angeles, Califonia for their Spring Break trip for three games over the course of a week and a half. They open with Oregon in a neutral-site battle on Friday, February 25 at Harvard West Lake High School at 6:00 pm PST. Visit mgobluelacrosse.com for complete details.

Notes

• Yealy led all scorers with eight points on six goals and two assists. His two assists tie a career-high set on multiple occasions. Carroll was tied for the team lead in goals with six as well in his first game as a Wolverine.

• Senior faceoff specialist Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, Mich. 每 Grosse Pointe South/RPI) finished 21-27 (.777) on faceoffs while junior Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) went 5-8 (.625).

• Greiner also led the team with nine groundballs. Sutton finished second with six.

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2011-02-20



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