#1 Wolverines Run by #8 Ducks to Reach Semis

Denver, CO Top-seeded Michigan defeated #8 Oregon on Wednesday night (May 18) by a score of 13-8 in quarterfinal action of the MCLA National Championship Tournament at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado.

Senior captain and attackman Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn. - Upper St. Claire) and fellow senior attackman Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, Ohio - St. Xavier) added four and three goals respectively as the Maize and Blue advance to the semifinal round where they will take on #5 Arizona State on Friday night (May 20) at 7:00 pm MST inside Dick's Sporting Goods Park Stadium. The game will be a rematch of last season's finals.

The Wolverines opened the scoring at the 12:31 mark of the first as freshman midfielder Doug Bryant (Princeton, NJ/Princeton) drove from the left wing and scored on an unassisted bounce shot. Minutes later, Yealy scooped up a rebound from freshman midfielder Andrew Hayden (Carlsbad, CA/La Costa Canyon) and scored on the crease. After the following faceoff win, junior midfielder Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) assisted Yealy on his low bounce shot from the mid wing for a 3-0 lead early in the first.

Due to an offsides penalty against the Ducks, the Wolverines received the first man-up opportunity of the game and converted as sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, IL/Lake Forest) fed Carroll on his high blast at 6:02 in the quarter for the 4-0 lead. Under three minutes later, Oregon was able to respond to U-M's early scoring run but it was quickly answered as sophomore attackman Thomas Paras (Lakewood, OH/St. Ignatius) dodged from X, ran to the front of the net and shot low with exactly two minutes remaining in the quarter. O-U finished the scoring in the first with their second tally just over a minute later as U-M led 5-2 after the first quarter of play.

The second quarter did not see scoring until 8:50 as both teams battled, but the Ducks found success as they scored two goals in under forty seconds to cut the lead to 5-4. With 5:00 left in the half, Hayden fed senior midfielder Stephen Levitt (Alpine, NJ/Dwight-Englewood) in the middle of the field scoring on a high blast from straight out. On the next faceoff, senior captain and defender Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, MI/East Grand Rapids) found Carroll open on the crease for his second of the game. Neither team converted over the last four plus minutes of the half as Michigan led 7-4 after 30 minutes.

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. Michigan's scoring resumed as Yealy performed a shot fake on the low wing losing his defender in the process for a wide-open shot just out front to increase the Maize and Blue lead to 8-4.

Under four minutes later Hrusovsky found Carroll open for a high shot goal as a result of a successful U-M ride. Michigan's continuous attack earned them another goal as Levitt assisted sophomore midfielder Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, MN/The Blake School) on a low blast from the middle of the field for a 10-4 Wolverine lead.

Just as the Wolverines looked to be pulling away, OU scored two unanswered goals two minutes apart at 6:17 in the third to trim the lead to 10-6. Just under two minutes later Hrusovsky netted a goal from straight out during the team's second man-up opportunity of the game but the Ducks quickly answered, scoring with under two minutes to play to trim the lead to four.

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