Michigan Wolverines: Michigan lacrosse

They’ve had close calls and blowouts along with a recognition that this first lacrosse season for Michigan would be more about building than winning.

But every once in a while, a victory could provide some positive affirmation. So after five straight losses, including one in overtime to Jacksonville on Friday, Michigan picked up its first win in program history on Sunday, beating Mercer 14-4 in Jacksonville, Fla.

“I think this whole weekend has (helped motivation),” Michigan head coach John Paul said by phone Sunday. “We were so close on Friday and had a great opportunity today to put some more things together and we went out and executed. We have eight more opportunities coming up, one in three days.

“So we continue to build on that. So it feels great in that sense to get the win but more than anything, it just feels like we’re on the right track.”

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Michigan has announced some details for April's spring football scrimmage on April 14, starting at noon.

An alumni flag football game, which has become a tradition before the spring game, will start at 10 a.m. Following the game, Michigan's men's lacrosse team will face Ohio State, tentatively slated to start at 2:30 p.m.

Admission to the events will be free, although donations will be accepted for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
Michigan made history on Sunday afternoon . Not, though, the type of history the Wolverines wanted to necessarily make.

Michigan lost to Detroit, 13-9, in its first-ever Division I men's lacrosse game. It is the first time a Football Bowl Subdivision school has added the sport since Notre Dame picked it up in 1981.

"I'm happy we're here, but I'm not happy with the outcome since we could have been a lot better," Michigan head coach John Paul told MGoBlue.com after the game. "We didn't come out intimidated and I was proud of the guys. We thought this was a winnable game, and it was a winnable game, and we approached it that way. Every time that they scored we came right back at them, so effort wise I'm real pleased."

Doug Bryant scored the first two goals in Michigan history -- to give the Wolverines a 2-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Wolverines, though, have struggled with both depth issues and a gap in talent from many of the Division I programs they'll play this season. They were tied with Detroit at halftime, 5-5, but allowed four straight goals at the end of the third through the beginning of the fourth quarters to give the Titans the lead and the eventual win.

Bryant, Trevor Yealy and Thomas Paras each had two goals for Michigan. Shayne Adams had four goals for Detroit and Alex Maini had three goals and two assists.

"This is a game we thought we could win and we thought that we had a good game plan for it," Paul said. "Going into the half we felt pretty comfortable about where we were until we had that rough third quarter. We're not here just to be here, we're here to become a great lacrosse program, and we thought we took a pretty big step today."

Michigan jumped from a club lacrosse program to Division I status this season, which you can read more about here.


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