#1 Michigan Shuts out #10 UC Santa Barbara

Ann Arbor, MI #1 Michigan defeated #10 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night (March 26) in Ann Arbor at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse by the score of 21-0. In the Wolverines first shutout since 2008, senior attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA Upper St. Clair) was also big part of the story, netting six goals, and in the process, becoming Michigan's all-time leading goal-scorer.

Michigan kept the Gauchos on the run early winning the opening faceoff and moving the ball in the offensive zone. Four minutes in the quarter, senior defender Justin Burgin (Farmington Hills, MI Catholic Central) fed Yealy on a clear before he netted a shot from just outside the crease to give Michigan the early 1-0 lead and tie the all-time Michigan goal record of 256, which was held by Jeff Hadwin who played from 1997 to 2001.

A minute later senior midfielder Roy Ichikawa (San Diego, CA Torrey Pines) finished a rebound on the crease for the 2-0 lead. As the home team continued to dominate on offense, junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI Seaholm) took the right lane, shooting over his defender to beat the goalie on the far side for the early 3-0 advantage.

Four minutes later, following a Michigan penalty, Yealy scored on a wrap around tally on the man-down to break the record as the Wolverines continued their hot start. Another Yealy goal just 20 seconds later made it 5-0 before Vasileff fed sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mt. Airy, MD./Urbana St. Johns) for his lone tally of the night and the final goal of the first quarter.

Sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) got it going in the second quarter, scoring at the 11:13 mark on a low blast. It was senior attackman Chad Carroll's (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) turn next time down, netting his first of the game three minutes later, followed by another, three minutes later again, on a big blast from the right wing following a feed from sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest). Yealy wrapped up his scoring for the night with three straight tallies to end the first half, with his final goal, a high to low shot from 12 yards out, the 261st of his career.

Before Michigan could call it a half, UCSB earned possession with just over a minute left, and earned two chances, the second one resulting in senior goaltender Mark Stone's (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) sixth save of the night. Stone scooped up the loose ball, tossed it to senior defenseman and captain Harrison Freid (Needham, Mass./Needham) who finished off the clock as Michigan entered the locker-room with a 12-0 lead.

Michigan kept on the pedal to open the third, as senior captain and long-stick midfielder Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) buried two goals in quick succession following the opening faceoff of the third. The first came on a nice feed from sophomore defenseman J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola) while the second came following a Michigan ride. After some back and forth play and solid defensive effort from Michigan and senior goaltender Ander Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Hotchkiss CT), Carroll netted his third and final tally over eight minutes later on a feed from Paras.

The long-stick scoring continued under a minute later as junior defenseman Austin Swaney (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) scooped up a loose ball and raced in for his third of the season. U-M scored their first of two man-up tallies three minutes later to close out the scoring in the third quarter leading 17-0 in what was clearly becoming one of their better performances in recent memory.

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