Michigan Beats Bellarmine in OT Thriller


Michigan got its first-ever ECAC victory after Mikie Schlosser's goal in overtime.

Streaming issues made watching the game feel like I was listening to Max Headroom talk. For those of you who are too young to remember what Max Headroom was...

From a visual standpoint, it was like watching Lon Chaney's London After Midnight (1927), which is one of those Holy Grail types of missing films. The only way to watch it these days is through a series of production stills that are pieced together to form a "movie". It's still a good film so check it out if you get a chance (and if you know someone with a complete copy of it, let me know...I promise I'll cut you in on the profits). Neither Max Headroom's choppy audio nor London After Midnight's patchwork action lend themselves well to a sporting event, so it was very difficult to watch for much of the game.

Shots Saves Ground Balls Face-offs Extra-Man Opps.
Michigan (4-4, 1-0) 45 6 31 21-24 1-1
Bellarmine (4-2, 0-2) 40 13 21 3-24 2-5

After being up 3-0 through 12:37 to go in the 2nd quarter, Bellarmine's Austin Shanks was able to pull the Knights to within two, but Ian King got his 17th score of the season two minutes later to put Michigan up 4-1. From there Bellarmine was able to account for six of the next seven goals in the game, and it looked like Michigan was going to lose yet again. The lone Michigan score during that stretch came by way of Mike Francia's fourth goal of the season.

Doug Bryant and Thomas Paras brought fans who were watching off the ledge, and each scored for the seventh time in 2014. Their two goals pulled the game back to a tie at 7-all and put more pressure on a Knights defense that faced 50 shots against Air Force last week, and would end up seeing another 45 by the end of Saturday. These two goals were just part of a 6 to 3 run, including the last two of the game, to push the game to the extra session.

It was freshman Mikie Schlosser who would be Saturday's hero as he scored the game winner with just 74 seconds to go in overtime, for what is sure to be the sweetest of his four goals so far this year.

Aside from the day's victory, the story probably lies with Brad Lott. I've been critical of Lott's performance over the last two games, but he came out and put on a tour de force in his home town of Louisville, going 21 of 24 at the dot. Phenomenal.

Thomas Paras had two scores on the day, including the tying score with 5:13 to go in the fourth quarter, but he was only one of ten Wolverines who found the cage in a true team effort.

The Wolverines are now 4-4 on the season and are currently tied with Air Force at 1-0 in the ECAC. Bellarmine falls to 4-2 overall, 0-2 in the ECAC after losing to Air Force last week.

Next up for Michigan will be a battle with future B1G member Maryland on March 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET in Ann Arbor. The Terps are ranked #1 in the country at the moment, and have a very explosive offense. I'll try to have a preview post up before the game, so stay tuned.

For now, lacrosse fans, just enjoy the fact that Michigan now has more victories this year than they had in their first two seasons combined. It's a very good feeling.

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