Top-Ranked Michigan Dominates Toledo

Toledo, Ohio Top-ranked Michigan cruised to a 16-1 win over the Toledo Rockets on Saturday night (April 23) in Toledo, Ohio.

Michigan dominated throughout the contest, rolling through their entire bench in the process as sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH. St. Ignatius) paced the team with two goals and three assists while fellow sophomore attackman Zach Dauch (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) notched a career-high four goals.

Michigan opened the scoring in the first quarter on a man-up tally from sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, MD Urbana St. Johns) who finished a cross-crease feed from Paras on the man-up at 11:10 of the first.

Michigan struck again at 5:51 when senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, OH St. Xavier High) finished another feed from Paras for the 2-0 lead. Toledo responded at 3:56 with their first tally of the game, but Michigan answered shortly after as Paras tallied another assist, feeding senior attackman and captain Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn./Upper St. Claire) just outside the crease for the 3-1 lead at the end of the first.

Sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL Lake Forest) got Michigan going in the second quarter on a dodge down the left wing for the 4-1 lead at 13:44. U-M increased their lead to 5-1 following a successful ride that resulted in a wide-open chance in front for freshman attackman Jeff Chu (Berwyn, PA/Conestaga), who finished a feed from freshman midfielder Fernando Murias (Rockville, MD./Georgetown Prep). Chu added his second of the game at 9:12 of the second as the Maize and Blue increased their lead to 6-1.

Paras added his first of the game at 3:07 just following a Wolverine man-up attempt on a high-to-high shot for the 7-1 lead late in the first half. Freshman attackman Ryan Snyder (Houston, Texas/Episcopal) increased the lead two minutes later on a feed from sophomore midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, MN./The Blake School) before Dauch wrapped up the first-half scoring just before time expired on a one-handed shot as Michigan took a 9-1 lead into the second half.

U-M got rolling quickly in the second half as Dauch buried his second of the game at 14:01 of the third before Paras scored his second of the game at 10:23 on a dodge from behind the cage for the 11-1 lead. The teams traded multiple possessions down the stretch of the third quarter with neither team finding the back of the net as U-M took an 11-1 into the final frame.

Dutton-O'Hara notched his second of the game at 13:44 of the fourth on a feed from sophomore attackman Matt Joseph (Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) for the first goal of the period and a 12-1 Michigan lead.

Snyder buried his second of the game at 5:48 from right outside the crease following a nice feed from Dutton-O'Hara. Michigan scored just four seconds later as freshman midfielder Andrew Hayden (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) buried his first career goal coming off a clear faceoff win of his own.

Dauch added his third of the game on a transition tally under a minute later, followed by his fourth of the game following the ensuing faceoff win for Michigan as U-M led 16-1 with under three minutes left. Neither team scored down the stretch as the Wolverines improved to 14-0.

Statistically, the Wolverines dominated as well. U-M scooped up 57 groundballs compared to 22, and won 17 of 20 faceoffs. Michigan also out-shot UT 44-7 for the biggest shot differential this season. Michigan cleared the ball at a rate of 18-23 while riding Toledo to 10-28 totals. U-M scored once on three man-up attempts, while the Rockets failed to score on four attempts.

The Michigan Wolverines will be back in action on Saturday, May 1 for a CCLA Conference Tournament semifinal match vs. a yet to be determined opponent. The CCLA tournament will once again be held in Saline, Michigan at Saline High School. Game-time is preliminarily scheduled for 1:00 pm EST.


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