At the end of three quarters of play Michigan looked like they were going to be able to hang on and make things as interesting as they did against Maryland last week. Then they were outscored 5-0 in the fourth quarter and are now 3-7 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten.
Kyle Jackson was once again out of action for the maize and blue, but Ian King was back in the lineup. King led the day with two goals and an assist. Peter Kraus, Chase Young, Patrick Tracy, and Sean McCanna added the other four goals.
Brad Lott was a hero for Michigan at the faceoff X again, going 16-23. He did everything he could to put the offense in good position, but it was once again the Michigan defense that fell apart. This is getting to be a broken record this season. Sure, Michigan may have had a string of close losses, but some of those wouldn't have happened if not for lackluster defense. All of this being said about the defense, though, shouldn't obscure the fact that Michigan's offensive efficiency was a dismal .194 today, which isn't going to win any games.
At the end of the day, there really isn't much that can be said. Rutgers (9-2, 2-0) is a good lacrosse team; Michigan isn't. It's another loss in what should have been a better season.
Michigan now heads to Columbus for the "Showdown in the Shoe" on April 16. The game starts at the way-too-early 11:00 a.m. ET and can be seen on BTN. Stay tuned to Maize n Brew in coming days for a preview of that match-up.