Yealy's Six Power #1 Wolverines by Michigan St.

Birmingham, MI On a rainy Saturday night (April 16) in Birmingham, MI, #1 ranked Michigan defeated Michigan State 14-10 in the annual Great Lakes Lacrosse Classic.

Michigan led 9-4 after the first half, and held on down the stretch in front of crowd of over 2000 who braved the conditions. Senior captain and attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, PA-Upper St. Clair) paced the team with six goals as Michigan improved to 13-0 on the season.

As the first quarter started, the Wolverines won the opening faceoff and settled into the offensive half of the field before Yealy scored from just outside the crease on an assist from junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI-Seaholm). After a man-up kill for the Wolverines just over a minute later, sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL-Lake Forest) burned his defender on the high wing driving towards the net on the right alley and scored with a low, far side blast.

Michigan continued their scoring run as freshman midfielder Doug Bryant (Princeton, NJ-Princeton) scored on a pass intended for Yealy but bounced in low. The Wolverines' attack added another goal as senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH-St. Xavier High) scored on a high blast off a cross-field assist from sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH-St. Ignatius). After seven minutes of play, the Spartans battled back with back-to-back goals coming at 1:39 and just over a minute later for a 4-2 Michigan lead at the end of the first quarter.

As the second quarter began, both teams were unable to score until midway through the quarter when Carroll netted his second at 7:50 beating the goalie on a shot high. MSU answered with their third goal of the night coming from the crease over a minute later in the second.

Bryant buried his second on a pass from X for a low blast beating the goalie while he was struggling to reset two minutes later. Following an ensuing faceoff win, the squad moved the ball to their offensive unit and added to their lead as Paras assisted transfer sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, MD-Urbana-St. Johns) on a diving shot beating MSU's goaltender on the far side.

Just over a minute later, on Michigan's first man up opportunity, the unit rifled the ball around before Dutton-O'Hara fed Yealy, increasing Michigan's lead to 8-3. The back-and-forth scoring persisted when the Spartans scored their fourth of the contest at 1:07, but it was the Wolverines who took momentum into the half.

As time in the half expired, senior defender Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, MI-East Grand Rapids) drove up the field on a successful clear finding Yealy right outside the crease just before time ended lifting the Wolverines to a 9-4 lead after two quarters of play.

To start the second half, and as they have all season, U-M replaced senior goaltender Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, CO-Cherry Creek) with senior goaltender Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, MI-Hotchkiss, CT) on a planned goalie change. MSU came out strong in the third scoring at 14:19 and again at 13:10 to cut the Wolverines lead to 9-6 shortly into the half.

After two minutes of back and forth action, Asperheim netted a goal on a wrap around for his first of the night. During Asperheim's goal, MSU was given a penalty sending out Michigan's man up unit for the second time of the game. The group passed the ball around until Hrusovsky fed Dutton-O'Hara on the crease for his second. Once again the Spartans responded, cutting the lead to 11-7 a minute later.

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