Johns Hopkins was able to jump out to a early and brutal start to the game on Saturday, rattling off the first six goals of the game, all of which came in the first quarter.
Unlike the last two games, Michigan was unable to get anyone with multiple scores on the day. In fact, no one on the team was even able to get to double digit points, since only one of Michigan's five scores was assisted. That's important to note; sure, unassisted goals are fine, but not over the course of an entire game. In fact, going into Saturday, Michigan had only 19 assists on 41 goals for an assist-to-goal ratio of piss-poor (and, yes, that's a real number).
Michigan was finally able to get on the board after Doug Bryant scored on Hopkins goalkeeper Eric Schneider with 9:21 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Hopkins then scored another six goals spanning the remainder of the first half and the first five minutes of the second, with Rob Guida and Holden Cattoni scoring two each.
The next score for Michigan came with just 5:38 to go in the 3rd quarter, when Dan Kinek's shot ricocheted back to David McCormack, who was able to rip a shot low-to-high past Schneider to bring the score to 12-2 Hopkins. It was only five seconds later, and right off the face-off, that Hopkins was able to increase the margin yet again as Craig Madarasz scored on the unassisted goal.
Three of the next four goals in the match were tallied by Michigan's Riley Kennedy, David Joseph, and Kyle Jackson, but the damage had already been done. This was a similar scene last year, as Michigan would score a group of goals in the last few minutes of a game in order to make it look more respectable, but only because the other team was letting off the gas just a little bit.
There were a few bright spots for Michigan: face-offs, clears, and caused turnovers. On the face-offs, Brad Lott was able to win 14 of 23 chances, which is a good way to win games. Maintaining possession is the other side of that coin and Hopkins was able to turnover the Wolverines four times, while Michigan turned it over themselves another ten times. Yet Michigan was able to account for 11 of the 19 Hopkins turnovers on the game. UM was also able to clear on 21 of 22 chances, and pick up 36 ground balls to JHU's 31.
The loss wasn't unexpected, but it is still disappointing. The season doesn't get any easier next weekend when the Cornell Big Red visit Oosterbaan Field House at 1:00 Eastern on Saturday. Cornell is 1-0 coming off their defeat of the Hobart Statesmen.
Women's Team One drops first game of the season
Team One traveled to Villanova for their inaugural game and lost to the Wildcats 20-7.
Michigan's Tess Korten took just 32 seconds into the first-ever game to become the first-ever scorer in Michigan women's lacrosse, putting the Wolverines up 1-0. After 'Nova scored their next two shots, Michigan was able to tally another goal on Anna Schueler's free position shot to tie the game at 2-all.
Regan Anderson gave Michigan their third score of the game, but not until after Villanova had strung together another five of their own, making the score 7-3 Villanova. Schueler scored yet again, followed by 'Nova's Kelsey Denihan's score with just 4 seconds to go into the half with a 9-4 margin.
Michigan was able to muster only three more goals the rest of the way, but as with the men's Team One a few years ago, the women's team is very young. There will be some growing pains, to be sure, but Michigan is a very attractive opportunity academically, and therefore athletically...in time.
The women next face Marquette at Oosterbaan on Friday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
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