Michigan Picks Up First ECAC Win at Bellarmine in OT
from Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman Mikie Schlosser (Davis, Calif./Davis) scored the game-winner at the 1:14 mark of overtime, lifting the University of Michigan men's lacrosse team to an 11-10 victory over the Bellarmine Knights Saturday (March 15) at Bellarmine's Owsley B. Frazier Stadium. Sophomore Brad Lott (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) went 21-of-24 at the faceoff dot for U-M and collected 15 ground balls, the second-highest individual player mark in the NCAA this season.
Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) led U-M with two scores on the day, while nine other Wolverines scored one goal apiece.
Michigan (4-4, 1-0 ECAC) began the contest on a 3-0 run and got on the board first 4:11 into the game, as Josh Stauffer (Jupiter, Fla./The Benjamin School) scored the first goal of his collegiate career on a full-field, one-man clear. The ensuing shot beat Bellarmine goalie Robbie Haus to give the Wolverines the early 1-0 lead, a score that remained until the 13:14 mark of the second. It was the first time this season that the Wolverines held an opponent scoreless in the first quarter of action.
Sophomore Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) added to the lead at 13:14, and Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) capped the 3-0 run with a score at 12:39 of the second. At the three-minute mark of the second, U-M led 5-2, but Bellarmine closed with a 2-0 run to bring the tally to 5-4 in favor of the Wolverines at the half.
Lott was perfect at the faceoff dot in the first half, going 11-of-11, and scooped up six ground balls.
The Knights came out of the gates firing in the second stanza, collecting three goals in the first three minutes of the third to take their first lead of the contest, and Bellarmine led 7-5 with 9:52 left in the quarter. Michigan had an answer, rattling off two straight tallies, capped by a score from Paras at 6:56 to tie the game at 7-7.
Entering the fourth quarter with the score tied at 8-8, Tucker Cisseau gave Bellarmine the 9-8 advantage with 11:29 left in regulation, and the Knights tacked on another at 8:39 to lead 10-8.
Michigan then made its final push of the contest, beginning with 6:45 to go when David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) picked up a rebound goal on the doorstep to bring the score to 10-9 at the 6:45 mark. Just over 1:30 later, Paras tied the game for the fourth time, this time at 10 with his second unassisted goal of the day at 5:13.
The score remained knotted at 10-10 as the game headed into overtime. Schlosser proved to be the difference with 1:14 left, as he backed down his defender and ripped a crank shot that beat Haas to secure the win and give U-M a 2-1 overtime record this season.
Michigan outshot Bellarmine, 45-40, and had 31 ground balls to 21 for the Knights. Mike Francia (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) had a pair of assists for U-M, while team co-captain Jeff Chu (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) had three ground balls.
U-M returns home for a two-game stretch, beginning Tuesday (March 18) against No. 1 Maryland at 4 p.m. from Michigan Stadium. The week will conclude with another home date against the St. Joseph's Hawks Saturday (March 22) at 3 p.m. in a game that will also be held at the Big House.
N O T E S
• Michigan wore maize tops and blue shorts for the first time this season.
• Josh Stauffer and Will Meter scored their first goals of the season.
• Brad Lott set program records for faceoff wins (21) and ground balls (15).
• Michigan has only four failed clears in the last three games.
• Michigan improves to 2-1 in overtime games this season and 2-2 in program history.
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