Happy Tuesday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. This past weekend was jam-packed full of Michigan sports, so much so that I’m going to hold some results until Thursday. This morning, we’re checking in with Men’s lacrosse, hockey, softball, and baseball, before finishing up with a spot of football.
Let’s get to it:
Men’s lacrosse edges Jacksonville. Michigan’s three games to start the men’s lacrosse season have been decided by only four goals. Fortunately for the Wolverines, they’ve been on the right side of these close contests two out of three times. The latest was a back-and-forth affair against Jacksonville, requiring a game-winner with 2:46 left in the fourth quarter. Brent Noseworthy led the way with three goals for the Wolverines in the 11-10 victory. The win puts the team at 2-1 on the season. They’ll be back in action at St. John’s on Saturday.
Hockey secures win and a tie against Ohio State. The hockey season is winding down and it has been something of a step backward for the team in Mel Pearson’s sophomore campaign. However, there have been some bright spots—like taking points against a Top-10 rival. The Wolverines topped the No. 6 Buckeyes on Friday, 4-2. On Saturday, the two teams played each other to a 3-3 draw with Ohio State taking the bonus point in double-overtime. The team is now 13-12-7 (9-8-5) and will close out their regular season at Wisconsin next weekend.
Softball wins two of five at LSU Invitational. Softball’s middling start to their season continued this past weekend with the team going 2-3 at the LSU Invitational. The Wolverines lost to the host No. 9 Tigers twice, 0-2 and 1-2, over the weekend. In the other three games, Michigan lost to Stanford, 1-7, beat Memphis, 4-2, and beat Cal. State Northridge, 8-0. That puts the Wolverines at 6-8 on the still early season. They’ll next play in the Judi Garman Classic next weekend.
Baseball sweeps weekend at The Citadel. On the other diamond, Michigan baseball continued their hot start with a three-game sweep of The Citadel this past weekend. Offense was initially hard to come by for the Wolverines who took the opening game by the score of 2-0. However, Saturday and Sunday were much more productive days at the plate as Michigan cruised to 9-1 and 6-3 victories. The sweep puts the team at a perfect 6-0 so far this season. They’ll be back in action at Cal. State Northridge next weekend.
Fleshing out the rest of Michigan's returners at receiver. I know this will probably not come as a shock to most, but it's a deep, talented bunch. https://t.co/ji7ip7eCK8— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) February 21, 2019
One thing I think we’re all hoping for out of new Offensive Coordinator Josh Gattis is for him to better utilize the receiving corp. Why? Because they are quite talented. Every Michigan fan is well aware of what Nico Collins, Tarik Black, and Donovan Peoples-Jones can do on the edge, but Aaron McMann over at MLive highlights the remainder of the returning receiving group—Ronnie Bell and Oliver Martin—in his latest look at next year’s team. Of the pair, McMann says, “Together, the two are very different types of receivers. Martin is long and a possession-type receiver, while Bell is athletic and fast. But they also provide Shea Patterson and the quarterbacks additional, capable targets.” For the full take, check out the article above.