Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. Softball opened their season this past weekend, indicating that—while it may not seem like it—the weather will get less wintry soon. This morning we’re also checking in with a host of other non-rev. teams like wrestling and men’s and women’s lacrosse.
Let’s get to it:
Softball opens season with mixed weekend. The Michigan Wolverines started their season at the USF Opening Weekend Invitational, playing the likes of USF, NC State, Illinois State, No. 7 Arizona, and No. 5 Florida. Michigan beat the three former (10-1, 4-3, 11-4), while losing to the two latter (1-2, 0-6). Alex Storako and Meghan Beubien started the five games on the mound for the Wolverines, with Storako earning the three victories on the weekend. Senior Katie Alexander had a big weekend at the plate with two home runs and eight RBI.
Seeing as how these were the first five games of the season, that puts the Wolverines at 3-2 (0-0) on the year. They next have two games a piece against Louisville and UNC next weekend for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Wrestling cruises past Northwestern. The Wolverines quickly put last week’s loss to Penn State behind them as they came out firing against the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday. Michigan took three of the first four bouts, and seven of ten on the day, to earn a comfortable 30-9 victory. The win puts the Wolverines at 10-1 (6-1) on the season. They’ll be at Maryland on Friday and at Rutgers on Sunday to close out the Big Ten portion of the regular season.
Water Polo wins three of four at Triton. Michigan founds its way again in the pool this past weekend, bouncing back from a disappointing weekend at Stanford to take three ranked wins from their four games at the Triton Invitational. The Wolverines bested No. 21 Cal. State Northridge (14-5), No. 9 Arizona State (6-5), and No. 6 UC Irvine (9-8). In their match against No. 1 USC, Michigan came up short, 3-10. Regardless, the three wins puts the Wolverines back on the right side of .500 on the season with a 6-5 record. They’ll be back in action a week from Friday.
Women’s lacrosse opens season with pair of wins. Women’s lacrosse got off to a quick start this season, a refreshing change of pace from last year’s 7-10 campaign. Last Saturday, the Wolverines were in California taking on the likes of Cal. and UC Davis. Michigan won both games, 15-10 and 17-5, respectively. The Wolverines were led in the weekend by Senior Adriana Pendino, who converted nine of her ten shots on goal. Chandler Kirby and Lilly Glass both recorded four goals over the weekend as well. The team will be back in action against Central Michigan and Dartmouth this weekend.
Men’s lacrosse opens season with win over Cleveland State. Men’s lacrosse also started their season on the right foot with a 10-8 victory at Cleveland State. Michigan opened the game by scoring seven straight goals, blanking the Vikings until the 26th minute. If anyone knows why Cleveland State’s mascot is a viking, please explain it to the rest of us down in the comments. Honestly. I lived in Cleveland for three years and I haven’t a clue. Anyway, the men are 1-0 on the season and they’ll be back in action against Drexel a week from today.