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Michigan Lacrosse beats Bellarmine 16-9

The Wolverines made a statement in the second half to win their first game of the 2015 campaign

Michigan was down in the first half, but came out strong in the second half to get a convincing 16-9 win over a good Bellarmine squad that is predicted to win the Southern Conference.

The Wolverines were led by David McCormack and Mikie Schlosser who scored four goals each, while Kyle Jackson tallied another two goals.

Although Michigan was up 2-1 off of two Schlosser scores, the Knights were able to come back and head into the half with a 7-5 lead with Austin Shanks (3) and Jack Perkins (2) taking charge for Bellarmine.

The second half, and particularly the 3rd quarter, belonged to Michigan. With 12:23 to go in the quarter, Thomas Orr brought the Wolverines to within 7-6, but his was just the first of five consecutive scores, and seven of eight that were scored in the third frame. Going into the final frame, Michigan were in front by a score of 12-8, but they weren't going to let up.

McCormack would score two more times in a quarter that saw the Wolverines score four times to Bellarmine's one. Prior to coming in, Bellarmine had been lauded for their ability to turnover their opponents, but today's match went in the opposite direction, with Michigan turning it over 13 times to BU's 17. Bellarmine was able to tally only six caused turnovers on the day, as 13 of Bellarmine's 17 turnovers were caused by the Wolverines.

Gerald Logan's return to the net was triumphant as he faced 21 shots on goal and turned away 12. Brad Lott was brilliant against his hometown team once again, notching 16 wins out of 24 chances at the dot Saturday afternoon.

The day belonged to senior captain David McCormack, who firmly grabbed his chance to lead the team. Last year's freshman phenom, Ian King, didn't get on the board with any scores, but fed three of Michigan's scorers.

The win was a big one for the Wolverines, who are 1-0 for the first time as a D-1 program. They'll need the confidence and momentum when they return to action on Feb. 14 against a Detroit Titans team who beat the Ohio State Buckeyes 9-8 on Saturday. Next week's game is at 7 p.m. ET at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse.