There are a lot of important moments in college sports; Senior Day is undoubtedly one of them. Michigan Lacrosse honored seven guys who have helped build this program from club ranks to Division I. Let's take a moment at the beginning to say thank you and show these men some serious gratitude. Thank You to: Doug Bryant, Jeff Chu, J.D. Johnson, Thomas Paras, Bobby Riso, Tom Sardelli, and Dakota Sherman.
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Even though it was Senior Day, it was sophomore Kyle Jackson who was the man of the hour, as it were. Scoring five goals in Saturday's match-up set a Michigan record, and the team was well on their way to a 19-10 drubbing of the Robert Morris Colonials.
The first quarter started out blistering hot for Michigan, who scored the first four goals of the game; three of those coming out of the stick of Jackson, and with David McCormack assisting on two--one to Jackson, and one to Mike Francia.
If you've watched enough Michigan lacrosse this season, you were probably a little uneasy, even being up 4-0 in the first quarter. This was going to be Ohio State all over again, wasn't it? Sure, RMU scored three of the next four goals to finish out the first frame, but the Wolverines were playing inspired lacrosse and there was no way these guys were going to let their seniors leave on a sour note.
Even after the Colonials' JonPatrik Kealey scored a hat-trick and FOGO Nicholas Beaudoin scored his first goal of the season, Michigan did what has been done to them so many times; they went on a run that the opposing team would find difficult to overcome.
The second quarter belonged to the Wolverines and their seven goal run. Six different players scored during that time, with Mikie Schlosser scoring twice. Also in that time, Ian King continued to solidify his hold on the single-season scoring record. Breaking the record last week wasn't good enough for King, who ended Saturday with another hat-trick, pushing the record to 30 goals.
Robert Morris was trying to get into the game, but Michigan made it difficult right from the very beginning. The Wolverines outshot the Colonials 32 to 15 in the first half and finished the day with 64 shots to 33 for RMU. Michigan also dominated on face-offs in the first half, taking eleven of the first seventeen opportunities, and nine of fifteen in the second half. Brad Lott finished the day 13 of 21, but John Paul also got a good performance out of Will Biagi, who went 5 of 8 in his chances at the dot.
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Robert Morris may have had better percentages, but this was going to be Michigan's day when the clock hit all zeros, and there was nothing the Colonials could do about it. Michigan came out and played what was perhaps their best team game yet this season, and maybe in their short history as a D-I program.
And things just keep getting sweeter for this group of seniors. In adition to winning their final game in Michigan Stadium, they'll get to be the first group of seniors to play in the postseason. Michigan will travel to Columbus on May 1st (and hopefully the 3rd) for the ECAC Championship, where they'll face one of three teams: Air Force, Fairfield, or Ohio State. The seeding will be announced on Monday, and I'll have a preview out on Wednesday, so stay tuned and Go Blue!