Yealy, Michigan Throttle Florida, 26-6
from press release
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse team hosted the University of Florida Gators on Saturday evening (February 19) in Ann Arbor at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse and cruised to a 26-6 win in front of 692 fans. Behind big outputs from senior attackmen Chad Carroll (Cincinnati, Ohio – St. Xavier High) and Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Penn. – Upper St. Claire) along with a career-high goal-scoring night from midfielder Joey Hrusovsky (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), the Wolverines open the season 1-0.
Junior midfielder Sean Sutton (Greenwich, CT – Greenwich) opened the scoring on a fast break with a quick second goal two minutes later from Hrusovsky. Transfer sophomore attackman Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, MD – Urbana – St. Johns) scored on the Wolverines' first man up opportunity for his first career goal just over three minutes later to quickly make it 3-0.
The Gators snapped back with a goal at 7:45 to close the gap to two but Yealy scored three of the next four for Michigan over the remainder of the quarter as U-M took a 7-1 lead into the second.
Hrusovsky scored at 14:04 in the second for his third goal of the night on a long shot from the wing. Florida answered just under three minutes later, but once again, the Wolverines were quick to dissolve any momentum gained, scoring the next three over a two-minute span to build a 11-2 midway through the quarter.
Following a Gator goal at 4:38 of the second, U-M closed out the scoring in the first half with with Yealy's fifth and junior midfielder Alex Vasileff's (Birmingham, Mich./Seaholm) lone tally of the night as the Maize and Blue led 13-3 after 30 minutes.
Leading by 10 goals, Michigan kept their foot on the pedal to open the second half, notching eight unanswered goals in the first nine minutes of the quarter, including four goals and an assist from Carroll.
Florida finally responded with back-to-back goals on the man-up, but Carroll slowed the momentum with his fifth goal of the game on a shot from 12 yards straight out as the Wolverines led 22-5 headed into the final frame.
The scoring pace finally slowed for the Maize and Blue in the fourth, with Carroll opening the scoring in the quarter with his sixth at 11:11. Freshman attackman Jeff Chu (Berwyn, PA – Conestoga) added two of his own, the first two of his career, over the final 10 minutes including the last goal of the night as the Wolverines walked away with the 26-6 decision.
Statistically, the Wolverines dominated the contest. U-M outshot the Gators 64-19, and scooped up 57 groundballs compared to 29 by UF. U-M was 26 of 35 on faceoffs, and cleared the ball at an impressive rate, finishing 16 of 21. Michigan held Florida to just 11-24 totals with their patented ride. Both teams scored three times on five man-up attempts.
The Wolverines will now travel to Los Angeles, Califonia for their Spring Break trip for three games over the course of a week and a half. They open with Oregon in a neutral-site battle on Friday, February 25 at Harvard West Lake High School at 6:00pm PST. Visit mgobluelacrosse.com for complete details.
- Yealy led all scorers with eight points on six goals and two assists. His two assists tie a career-high set on multiple occasions. Carroll was tied for the team lead in goals with six as well in his first game as a Wolverine.
- Senior faceoff specialist Brian Greiner (Grosse Pointe, Mich. – Grosse Pointe South/RPI) finished 21-27 (.777) on faceoffs while junior Edward Ernst (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) went 5-8 (.625).
- Greiner also led the team with nine groundballs. Sutton finished second with six.
- All three goaltenders saw action, with senior Mark Stone (Greenwood Village, Colo. – Cherry Creek) starting and playing the first half allowing three goals while recording three saves. Fellow senior Andrew Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich. – Hotchkiss CT) played the next 24:56 and allowed three goals while stopping two shots. Sophomore Cy Abdelnour (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) stopped the only shot he faced in the final 5:04.
- Senior long-stick midfielder and captain Matt Asperheim (Grand Rapids, Mich. – East Grand Rapids) set career highs in assists and total points with his three helpers. His previous high was one, set multiple times.
- A number of other players recorded their first points as Wolverines. Sophomore attackman Matt Joseph (West Lake, Ohio/St. Ignatius) notched his first career point, an assist. And along with Chu, fellow freshmen, long-stick midfielder Brett Moscati (Greenwich, CT. –Brunswick School) and midfielder Fernando Murias (Rockville, MD. – Georgetown Prep) each scored their first goals.
- Every healthy Wolverine saw action.
- Michigan improves to 9-0 all-time vs. Florida.
Head Coach John Paul
General impressions of the game
"I think we all want to out work the teams we play against and I think we did tonight. The things we really focus on, our ride, transition and groundballs, those three things we did a really nice job off. Overall, really pleased but I said to the guys after the game, 'we've got 19 more of these, hopefully' and we want to be getting better every week, we've got to have a great week of practice this week so it's one of those cliché things, 'enjoy it, we have a lot of work to do so come out Monday and be ready to work."
"Having Harry back makes all the difference in the world on our ride, but we emphasize it with everyone and it's not just the 10 man, it's all parts of our ride. It's kind of a work in progress because so much of riding well is the feel, knowing where people are, knowing where things are going to happen. And then as time goes the guys just get a feel of it better and now they're getting to a point now where they know where they need to be, and that's what you're seeing."
"We wouldn't have won the last three national championships without great faceoff play and it's been an emphasis and we know we don't have consistently dominant guys like we've had in the past but we have very good faceoff guys. Our coaches put a lot of work in the last 2-3 weeks, getting that units really playing better and I think that showed tonight."
"We're still so simple in our offense right now, we only ran one offensive set and ultimately we're going to have five or six. It was working and we actually ran two because they were running a zone and we had to run our zone offense, but we kept it very simple tonight. We just really wanted the guys to execute and they did a nice job."
The younger guys
"We had a lot of freshman who got a lot of time tonight and most of them have pretty good lacrosse heads on their shoulders and have played with a lot of confidence which is what we want to see them do. Chu would be starting right now, so we're just deep at attack. He's going to get a lot of time, he's going to be very important for us here."
Having Harrison Freid back
"He's the anchor of our defense, so I think he keeps everybody focused on what we need to be doing on that end of the field. We still had some defensive breakdowns that we do not want to see, we had some groundballs we missed that they scored off and a couple of really simple defensive breakdowns that shouldn't happen. We're not satisfied with where we are defensively at all, but having Harry (Fried) in helps us a lot and we're deeper now with Burgin (Justin) back too we're very clearly five guys deep who can play at any time and that makes a big difference."
"We still have a lot to put in, there's a lot we don't have in offensively and defensively, so our focus from here on out is getting better at the little things, execution and adding to what we do and that's what we'll be doing this week."
Sophomore midfielder Joe Hrusovsky
General impressions of the game/offense:
"I think we were all just gelling as a team and putting each other in the right places to be poised and score."
On his four goals
"Felt good, first time I got to go out and produce like that so it felt good."
What did you think that was the result of?
"I think a good week of practice brought the offense together, a little more tight knit; strong, everyone knew what they were doing at all times and that resulted in the attack and us allowing to get as many goals as we did.
Team goals overall/for the season
"To be the best team we can be in May, so that's just another step to be there, to get there."
Senior attackman Chad Carroll
First game as a Wolverine
"Offense just worked really well. The first half I didn't really get it going but in the second half I thought it clicked a little bit better."
What was the change that really got it going?
"It was the first game, I wanted to get a little settled in the first half; second half came and I felt a little bit better and it just started clicking a little bit.
Feelings on the season (first as a Wolverine, yet last)
"I'm really excited about the season. I came back anticipating a lot of good things; I think we have a good core of people right now and hopefully we can just put it together and make a good run this year."
Team Depth (young guys/old guys)
"I think all around we're pretty deep; I know at attack we have guys who can make plays all the time, especially Chu and Snyder, guys like Dauch and Joseph can make plays too, so if one of us is off that night we can just put another guy in and they can step up.
"I just want to try and set a good example and contribute any way I can; I came back because I wanted to add value, so if I can do that then it's a success and hopefully we can finish the year off well."