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Michigan lacrosse loses big to No. 5 Brown 22-8

Let's just say it was a very long day for the Wolverines.

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The list of Brown scorers reads like the list of characters in War and Peace, and Michigan's scorers reads like a pamphlet left on your windshield at the mall. It was not a good day.

Michigan's defense was able to keep Brown from scoring for the first seven minutes of the game, until Dylan Molloy scored twice in about 30 seconds to put the Bears up 2-0. Peter Kraus finally got the Wolverines on the board at 1:47 to go in the first quarter, putting the Michigan deficit at 4-1.

Freshman Brent Noseworthy has made a name for himself in a short period of time for Michigan, scoring five goals in just three games played. His hat trick on Saturday led all Wolverines scorers...aaaaannnnnddddd that's about the end of the good news.

Now for the really bad news: Michigan's offensive efficiency was a lowly .181, and five of their eight goals came in the fourth quarter when Brown was already up 20-3. The Bears' offensive efficiency was not 100%, but damn did it feel like it.

And the third quarter woes continued for the Wolverines, as they were outscored 8-1 in the period and now have a total of 12 goals in this period this season (and, yeah, that includes last week's seven-goal third quarter outlier against Vermont). Michigan would score at the 12:18 mark in the third, but not again until 8:17 to go in the fourth quarter, ending a 10-1 run by the Bears.

John Paul's crew was beaten down in every category on the stat sheet...

Okay, so the maize and blue did get 15 face offs to Brown's 19, but they needed four guys to do it. And Gerald Logan had an impressive 17 saves...oh, wait, on 58 shots! If you ever ingest something poisonous, keep this stat sheet handy so you can induce vomiting if necessary. If you have young children you like to frighten, perhaps you could hang this in the closet. Maybe even hang it on your front door for Halloween.

Honestly, there really isn't much more to say about this game. Brown is one of the best teams in the country, and they sure as hell played like it. Michigan played hard, but ugly and loose with the ball. I don't know if they let the competition get to them, or if this is just what Michigan is as a program, but if it isn't what they are, then they need to start showing it against even the big boys in college lacrosse.

How does Michigan follow a huge loss to an undefeated Ivy League opponent? With a winless Ivy League opponent, that's how. The maize and blue welcome the Dartmouth Big Green to Ann Arbor at 1:00 ET on 3/19.

Stay tuned to MnB for a preview of Saturday's match-up.