Late Second-Half Run Sends Michigan Past Saint Joseph's

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Leading 8-7 with 22:38 remaining in regulation, Saint Joseph's fell to a 4-0 Michigan run that spanned the rest of the game as the Hawks were defeated by the Wolverines, 11-8, in non-league action on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. SJU now stands at 5-9 overall while remaining 1-4 in CAA action.

Trailing 2-0 after back-to-back first-quarter Michigan goals (6:39, 6:33), Saint Joseph's sophomore midfielder Josh Cavanaugh (Springfield, Pa./Springfield-Delco) found junior midfielder Johnny Simanski (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) for SJU's first tally of the game (5:55).

Michigan (1-12, 0-6 ECAC) registered another goal at the 1:57 mark to jump back ahead, 3-1, but the sophomore attack duo of Kyle Bruun (Chevy Chase, Md./Gonzaga (D.C.)) and Matthew Sarcona (Northport, N.Y./Northport) rocketed consecutive Hawks goals (1:22, 0:37) to tie the game, 3-3, heading into the second quarter.

The Hawks and Wolverines would alternate in scoring twice in the second to keep the tie alive, 5-5, before Saint Joseph's freshman attack Pat Swanick (Haverford, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) netted his first of two goals on the day off of a dish from senior attack Kyle Williams (Marriottsville, Md./Marriotts Ridge) (1:08) to give the Hawks a 6-5 advantage heading into halftime.

The Wolverines would go on a 6-2 run in the final two quarters that began with a pair of Will Meter goals (12:48, 12:25) early in the third. However, Simanski and Swanick registered their second tallies of the day (9:02, 7:38) to give the Crimson and Gray its second lead of the day, 8-7.

From there, Michigan's Thomas Paras and Kyle Jackson would combine for a 4-0 run that spanned the remainder of both the third quarter and the game to take the 11-8 victory.

Sarcona, Simanski, and Swanick were strong on the offensive end with two goals apiece while Williams contributed one goal and a pair of assists. Swanick picked up a team-high five ground balls while Williams was solid on the defensive end of the field as well, picking up three ground balls and causing two turnovers.

Sophomore goalkeeper Dustin Keen (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) (5-9) made 12 saves in a full 60:00.

For the game, Michigan held advantages in shots (45-32) and ground balls (31-22) and won 13 of 22 face-off opportunities on the day.

The Wolverines were led by Paras (3g, 2a) and Jackson (2g, 2a) as Michigan earned its first home win in program history.

Saint Joseph's returns home for its regular-season finale this Tuesday, April 23. The Hawks will host Marist in non-league action at 7:00 p.m. on Finnesey Field.


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