Top-Ranked Michigan Grounds the #14 Eagles

Ann Arbor, MI Top-ranked Michigan defeated #14 Boston College at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse on Friday, 14-7. Momentum appeared to be in favor of the Wolverines in the first with a 5-1 lead, but the Eagles battled back in the second, drawing within three goals. After each team scored two goals in the third, the Wolverines persevered, scoring five in the final quarter to give them their eighth win of the season.

The Wolverines found the net early as junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI Seaholm) blew by his defender at the top of the right wing beating the goaltender high at 13:25 of the first quarter. Michigan continued to attack BC with offensive chances and solid defensive play keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard as transfer sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, MD Urbana St. John's) scored on an unassisted blast from straight out roughly halfway through the quarter.

Under a minute later, Michigan found itself on the clear as junior defender JD Johnson (Malibu, CA Loyola) charged up the field and scored his first of the season at 5:47, on an undefended blast on a give-and-go play with sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL Lake Forest). Three minutes later, senior defender Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, MI East Grand Rapids) capitalized on an Eagles turnover finding senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH St. Xavier High) for his first goal of the game.

Sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH St. Ignatius) danced around the crease scoring his first after tucking the ball in low for Michigan's next tally. BC's efforts paid off though as they scored with eleven seconds left to close out the first with a 5-1 Michigan lead.

The man up unit moved through their plays as Carroll found Paras on a shot from the low wing on the first man up opportunity of the game just under two minutes into the second. Boston College quickly answered on their own man up opportunity followed by another goal at 7:59 to cut the lead to 6-3 midway through the second. Just over a minute later Vasileff helped slow the BC momentum as he muscled through his defender on the mid wing and scored on a shot low for his second of the game.

The back and forth scoring continued as Boston College quickly answered under a minute later to once again cut the lead to three. Neither team scored over the final 6:01 of the first half as Michigan clung to a 7-4 lead.

As they have all season, senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, CO Cherry Creek) was replaced by senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI Hotchkiss, CT) at the start of the second half. The scoring slowed, but the gritty battle ensued in the second half as the teams fought for nearly half the quarter without a goal. Michigan finally broke through at 7:15 as Paras quick-sticked a Carroll pass, earning his third of the night and 20th of the season.

BC answered with a bounce shot to draw within three under a minute later as a result of the Wolverines' turnover. As Michigan's offense regained possession just over a minute later, Paras passed from behind the net to sophomore midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, MN The Blake School) at the top of the box for a straight out blast to rebuild the four-goal lead. The Eagles scored almost two minutes later to wrap up the scoring for the quarter as the teams entered the fourth with U-M on top 9-6.

Michigan opened the scoring in the fourth, as senior midfielder Stephen Levitt (Alpine, NJ Dwight-Englewood) scored while cutting through the middle following a pass from Steenland. The goal at 13:04, was his first of the season, and gave the Wolverines some much-needed momentum. Each team continued to battle until midway through the quarter when the Wolverines earned their fourth man up opportunity of the game. The special teams unit scored again on a blast from Hrusovsky from fifteen yards out with the assist going to Carroll. Junior midfielder Brent Kirshner (Ann Arbor, MI Huron) ripping a shot out front after cutting down the middle.

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