No. 1 Michigan Cruises Past Loyola Marymount

Los Angeles, Calif. - Michigan earned a 12-2 win over the Lions of Loyola Marymount on Wednesday afternoon (March 2) in Los Angeles in front of a sparse crowd that featured mostly Wolverine fans and parents. U-M was slow to start scoring but found their stride as the first quarter came to a close, scoring twelve unanswered goals before Loyola scored two goals to end the game as the Wolverines improved to 3-0 overall this season.

The Lions won the opening faceoff and proceeded to control possession for most of the quarter by holding the ball in the offensive zone. When the Wolverines were finally able to obtain possession, senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH St. Xavier High) found the twine at 2:48 on a blast from the mid wing with the assist going to sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL Lake Forest). It was the only goal for either team in the opening frame as U-M led 1-0 after 15 minutes.

Senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA Upper St. Clair) converted with a nice crease dodge at 11:17 of the second on a pass from senior midfielder Roy Ichikawa (San Diego, CA Torrey Pines) to start Michigan's scoring run of three more unanswered goals. The last and most notable goal came off a faceoff win by senior midfielder Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, MI Grosse Pointe South/RPI) who ran down the field battling through four defenders before scoring his first goal as a Wolverine, giving the squad a 5-0 lead at the end of the first half.

At the beginning of the third quarter, the coaches executed a planned goaltender change replacing senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwich Village, CO Cherry Creek) with senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI Hotchkiss, CT). Junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI Seaholm) got the Wolverines going offensively in the third under two minutes in on a hard shot from the right wing, before Yealy added his second under four minutes later.

Sophomore midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, MN The Blake School) scored with 8:24 left in the third in what would eventually be the Maize and Blue's last goal of the quarter as Michigan failed to capitalize during the remainder of the period. Fowler capped the third quarter with a nice stick save low to his left-side as Michigan led 8-0 headed into the final frame.

It wasn't long before the Maize and Blue resumed their scoring in the fourth quarter when sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL Lake Forest) scored at 11:27 on an unassisted high wing blast. Eight seconds later, junior defender Austin Swaney (Grand Rapids, MI East Grand Rapids) ripped a shot straight out on a feed from Carroll as a result of a U-M faceoff win.

Freshman attackman Ryan Snyder (Houston, TX Episcopal) found his way onto the score sheet with a low shot on a pass from sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH St. Ignatius) under two minutes later. The Wolverines' last goal came from Paras at 1:53 on a dodge down the right wing, boosting their lead to 12-0 over the Lions. Less than fifty seconds later however, LMU scored back-to-back goals to end Michigan's bid for a shutout as U-M walked away with the 12-2 win.

Statistically, Michigan dominated LMU in every. U-M outshot Loyola Marymount 39-24, and scooped up 59 groundballs, almost triple LMU's 24. The Wolverines were 12 of 18 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball 17 of 22 times while holding the Lions to 10 of 20 totals. Michigan was 0-1 on the man-up, while LMU finished 0-2.

The Wolverines will play their last game of their spring break stay in Los Angeles, CA against Chapman University on Saturday, March 5, at Ernie Chapman Stadium at 1:00 pm PST.

2011-03-03



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