No. 1 Michigan Escapes in 2OT versus Oregon

Los Angeles, California –The University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team earned a 9-8 double-overtime win over the Oregon Ducks on Friday night (February 25) in Los Angeles, California at Harvard Westlake High School.

Each team endured unfavorable weather conditions, yet showed even play throughout the first quarter with Oregon taking over in the second frame to take a 7-3 lead at halftime. The Wolverines rallied in the final two quarters to tie and went on to win in double overtime advancing Michigan's record to 2-0 overall.

The first goal of the game went to freshman atackman Jeff Chu (Berwyn, PA – Conestoga) who capitalized when the Ducks failed to clear the ball at 11:15 in the first quarter. Shortly after, the Wolverines had their first man up opportunity but were unable to convert and Oregon eventually tied the game at 1-1 at 8:08.

Under four minutes later, senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA – Upper St. Clair) scored on a dodge in front of the crease on an assist from junior midfielder Alex Vasilef (Bloomfield Hills, MI - Seaholm) with 4:20 left in the quarter. The boys in blue carried the momentum throughout the rest of the first quarter and closed out with a lead of 2-1 over the Ducks.

Momentum changed teams in the second as Oregon struck back after two unsuccessful Michigan clears to tie the game. The Ducks scored on their first man up opportunity off the faceoff to take the lead and went on to score four more unanswered goals on the Wolverines to take a 6-2 lead.

At 4:46, the Michigan squad answered Oregon's onslaught as senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH – St. Xavier High) scored on an unassisted blast from the mid wing. OU called a timeout with 31.6 seconds left in the quarter and scored with three seconds left in the period to end the half with a 7-3 lead.

With their platoon plan in place, Michigan changed goaltenders at the beginning of the third replacing senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwich Village, CO – Cherry Creek) with senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI – Hotchkiss, CT).

The Maize and Blue struck first in the third quarter at 13:40 on a blast from Yealy, his second of the game. Oregon was able to score on the lone man up opportunity of the quarter almost ten minutes later on a fast break. The third turned out to be a duel for possession as each team had opportunities on both sides of the ball as the Ducks held their 8-4 lead after three.

The final quarter picked up where the battle for possession left off at the end of the third. Michigan began to gain momentum and was awarded three man up opportunities only one of which was successful on a goal from Carroll, his second of the night.

As time wound down, the Michigan squad stayed poised as both sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH – St. Ignatius) and Vasilef scored to bring the Wolverines back to life and within one to tie the game. With only 2:41 left to play, Paras assisted Carroll on a backdoor blast, his third, to tie the game and force overtime with the game knotted at 8-8 after 60 minutes.

The first overtime quarter didn't provide a winner as neither team scored on multiple possession and the game continued to a second overtime period. Following a faceoff win to open the second extra frame, Carroll took a pass from sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill. - Lake Forest) on the left wing and fired high, just inside the left elbow for the game-winning goal as the Wolverines rushed the field following the 9-8 win.

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