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Michigan is in a must-win scenario against Marist on Wednesday

Michigan badly needs to get back into the win column before the Big Ten come a-callin'.

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Who: Michigan (3-4) vs Marist (2-4)

Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

When: Wednesday 3/23 at 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: MGoBlueTV (subscription required)

Saturday's loss hurt. A lot. But, the players are going to be focused on Marist, and even though that's where our minds should be, it is hard not to apply some of what we saw on Saturday to what could happen on Wednesday.

First, how about those Red Foxes? Well, dear reader, they are a relatively young team seeing the vast amount of offensive output from senior attacker Joseph Radlin. At 21 goals, Radlin's next closest teammate is fellow senior JD Recor, with 9 goals. Sophomore midfielder Gannon Morrison is the main distributor for the Red Foxes with ten assists.

On the defensive side, seven of the ten men listed on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores, but senior Frankie Brier has team highs in groundballs (18) and caused turnovers (6).

Michigan Marist
Goals 74 50
Goals Per Game 10.57 8.33
Shot % .333 .284
SOG 136 114
SOG % .613 .648
Man-up Goals 10 7
Groundballs 196 120
Turnovers 95 81
Caused Turnovers 49 38
Faceoffs 101-194 (.521) 33-126 (.262)
Clears 108-125 (.864) 98-122 (.803)
Offensive Efficiency .308 .287
Defensive Efficiency .291 .223

On paper, there really isn't much difference between these two. Although I want to forget Saturday's drubbing, I can't help but think about how the stats were in Michigan's favor, yet they still gave Dartmouth their first win of the season. With the efficiencies pretty similar, I'm dreading the inevitable close game.

See that .648 SOG% for Marist? Once again, Gerald Logan may be called upon to face more shots than he's comfortable facing, which seems to be par for 2016. Since the bulk of the Marist offense is Joseph Radlin, he may be the key to a Michigan victory--stop him, and perhaps the rest of the team won't be able to make up for his absence. That could still be a risky move considering the nature of Michigan's defense.

There is one stat that is sticking out like the sorest of all thumbs: Marist is winning only 26% of their faceoff chances. It's so obscene, that the Supreme Court would have gotten involved if this was 1973.

As a team, Michigan's 52% is twice that of Marist, and Brad Lott is winning 56% on his own. Marist's faceoff leader is winning only 30% of his chances, so let's see what happens on Wednesday evening. If Michigan can continue to control the faceoff X, it should give the offense plenty of opportunities to win the game. Should.

Once again, the big question will be Michigan's defense. They can't come out and lay another egg against an "inferior" opponent. With Big Ten lacrosse right around the corner, the defense needs to have a strong performance before the wheels really fall off this thing.

Stay tuned, and Go Blue!