Michigan men open `07 season with a bang
February 17, 2007
from press releases
Ann Arbor, MI 2 The #5 ranked University of Michigan men's lacrosse team kicked off their 2007 campaign with a dominating 22-3 win over Central Michigan University in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. The Wolverines jumped out to a 12-1 lead at halftime and never looked back behind a successful mix of solid possessions, a series of well-coordinated rides, and an aggressive defense.
Sophomore midfielder Anthony Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) notched the first Wolverine goal of the season five minutes into the game followed by another U-M goal just over a minute later from junior midfielder Bobby Morales (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice). Senior attackman Evan Fox (Suffern N.Y./Suffern) made it 3-0 at the five minute mark before Central Michigan put their lone first-half goal on the board two minutes later. Fox gave the Wolverines a three-goal lead again just following the ensuing faceoff as Michigan took a 4-1 lead into the first-quarter break.
The Maize and Blue erupted in the second quarter, scoring two goals in the first two minutes to build a 6-1 lead. Morales notched his second of the game, while sophomore attackman Jared Blechman (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) added his first. Freshman Jamie Goldberg (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) notched his first career goal at 10:48 followed by a tally from sophomore midfielder Peter Vasher (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) just 15 seconds later to give Michigan the 9-1 lead. The Wolverines added three more goals in the second, including two more from Fox.
Leading 12-1 coming out of the locker-room, the Wolverines kept the pedal down, scoring just 15 seconds into the third quarter on junior midfielder Mark Hammitt's (Madison, N.J./Delbarton 2 Boston College) second of the night. After scoring three more goals in the third quarter, U-M entered the final frame leading 16-1.
The Wolverines added six more goals, including two from freshman attackman Josh Ein (Potomac, MD./Bullis) and two from junior attackman Doug Bell (Troy, Mich./Troy).
Statistically, Michigan dominated every category. The Wolverines out-shot CMU by a 51-15 margin, and scooped up 47 groundballs to Central's 15. U-M won 22 of 28 faceoffs, and cleared the ball at a better rate, finishing 19-24, while Michigan's ride held CMU to 13 of 31 on their clears. U-M finished 2-9 on the man-up with Central going 1-5.
The Wolverines will be back at it tomorrow night, facing off against Division III Kenyon College at 7:00pm EST in Ann Arbor, Michigan at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.