Michigan Lacrosse Scrimmage Results

The Michigan Wolverines Lacrosse team will be in Division 1 this season for the first time. To start off the year, Head Coach John Paul led his team into a scrimmage against Providence in the Big House. The Wolverines fell 11-10 in overtime, but the lax team has a very bright future in Division 1:

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New UMGoBlog Lacrosse recruit profile feature

I made a new template to feature recruits for the U of M lacrosse team, and while it may be just for them at this moment, it will be for football as well, and other sports in the future.  We did have one for football last year, but it wasn’t used as often as we liked.  However, this is just one I did to feature one of the recruits I talked to well before he committed, which this player happens to be great friends with Erik Magnuson, a football recruit, GO BLUE, and over time I will be adding items and changing things around just to make sure our profiles look a little bit different than everyone else’s.  Football season is just around the corner, maybe someone could suggest a football recruit profile they would like to see?  I may just do it!

Michigan Lax Joins The ECAC

Official Press Release

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The University of Michigan Athletic Department and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) jointly announced today (Thursday, July 7) the inclusion of the Wolverines as members of the men’s lacrosse league. Michigan will become the eighth member of the conference and the first to join the ECAC since four schools made the move in 2010.

The Wolverines will be an affiliate member during the 2012 season and will become a full-fledged member in their second season (2013) in the ECAC. Michigan will play a partial league schedule during its inaugural season of varsity status and a full league slate starting the following season.

“We’re very excited about joining the ECAC,” said head coach John Paul. “We wanted to find a way to incorporate the best rivalry in college sports into our conference schedule, so the ECAC was in our sights from day one because Ohio State was already a member. Top to bottom, the ECAC provides an opportunity to play an outstanding conference schedule against great programs. We feel like it’s a perfect fit.”

Michigan will join Big Ten rival, Ohio State, as a member of the league. In addition, the ECAC consists of 2011 NCAA semifinalist Denver, Air Force, Bellarmine, Fairfield, Hobart and Loyola (Md.). Air Force, Bellarmine, Denver and Ohio State joined the ECAC prior to the 2010 season.

“The ECAC lacrosse conference is competitive and balanced and we are thrilled to be accepted for membership,” said U-M Athletic Director Dave Brandon. “We plan to schedule as many of the league schools as possible for the upcoming season while understanding the challenges of scheduling competitions this late in the cycle. We look forward to growing our program and earning the right to compete for championships.”

“Michigan will be an exceptional addition to the ECAC Lacrosse League. After having been one of the strongest club teams in the country,” said ECAC Commissioner Rudy Keeling. “Michigan is now committed to making its varsity men’s lacrosse team one of the best in the nation. The ECAC is excited to welcome the institution as our newest member.”

Michigan is working to complete its 2012 schedule. For additional information on the ECAC Lacrosse League, go to ecaclacrosse.com.

#1 Michigan takes on #16 Lindenwood in First round of Nationals

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The #1 Michigan Wolverines are in Denver enjoying their warm welcome to the lobby of their hotel in which was strung about with Maize and Blue décor. Had to of been a great site to see, but really sets the mood for what was said early on in the season when anyone and everyone, of whom is not a Wolverine fan, said they REALLY can’t stand how Michigan has been winning every year. Therefore, the community of the MCLA wants a new winner this year, and while they respect Michigan, everyone really wants another winner, expect for us, right guys? Go Blue.

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#1 Wolverines Lacrosse Takes On In-State Rival #6 Spartans

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The #1 Michigan Wolverines will take on the #6 ranked Michigan State Spartans Lacrosse team on Saturday at 7 pm in Birmingham, Michigan. While the series is dominated by Michigan, that doesn’t mean the games, in recent past at least, haven’t been anything but exciting. Even when the Wolverines have a top team, the Spartans always seem to find a way to make it an exciting game. Both teams play in the CCLA conference, and have beaten Arizona State this season, but this biggest difference is the fact that MSU has not been consistent in their wins. In fact, last weekend MSU seemingly was overlooking the GRLC foe in Illinois, and nearly lost to them in OT, but pulled it out with a nice shot to get the win.

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Michigan has the better numbers by far with scoring 193 goals for as opposed to MSU’s 152, and Michigan only allowing 65 through 12 games against top teams, with MSU allowing 113. Anyone can obviously see the difference in offense and defense between the teams, as Michigan has a much more stout defense on paper, and a much better defense on video and person as well. However, the Wolverines still have to come up and play, and the two teams, being competitive as they being so close, will play a great game. MSU has balanced attack and middie play, but the biggest element that disappointed me was the fact that I emailed the team early in the week to get some quotes from them and they didn’t even get back to me like everyone else did during the season. I don’t think this will be the only time these two will meet, but it will be a nice preview as to how the CCLA tournament will look as well, and even how the teams will look here soon. Michigan is looking very strong right now, and they have worked very hard on the basic elements of the game, but they just need to start fast, and finish hard in tough games to ensure they are always in control throughout the game. Overall, Michigan has done a good job, and they will need to limit unforced turnovers, win faceoffs, many more than last week, which I said they wouldn’t against James Stannard who is good at the X, and just continue to do what they do best, ride, transition into their offense, and find ways to make the opposition make mistakes. With all this taking into consideration, and even MSU’s win over ASU, I still think Michigan will win 14-9 with a great showing by MSU.