Rutgers vs. Michigan
April 21, 2012
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team could not hold on to its 5-4 halftime lead and eventually fell to Rugters, 13-9, as the Scarlet Knights outscored the Wolverines 9-4 in the second half on Saturday (April 21) at Yurcak Field.

Junior Willie Steenland (Minneapolis, Minn./The Blake School), fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and junior Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) each netted a pair of goals to lead the Wolverines.

Rutgers got out to an early lead, tallying three goals in the first four minutes of the game. At the 10:22 mark, Steenland recorded Michigan's first score to make it 3-1. Rutgers found the back of the net once more with 9:53 to play in the first period before the Wolverines erupted on a 4-0 run. Yealy registered an unassisted goal with 1:05 on the clock.

In the second period, Michigan scored three unanswered goals in eight and a half minutes. Steenland struck again at the 13:07 mark on a feed from sophomore Jason Davis (Rocky River, Ohio/St. Edward's) from behind the cage. With roughly eight minutes remaining in the second, junior Zachary Dauch (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) entered the game for the first time and immediately evened the score, 4-4, with 7:29 to play. Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) connected with fellow freshman David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont) to give Michigan the 5-4 lead at the 4:38 mark, and Michigan carried the one-goal advantage into the break.

Paras opened the second half with a goal at the 13:48 mark to give the Wolverines a two-goal lead. Just eight second later, the Scarlet Knights scored their first of three consecutive goals in less than two minutes to take a 7-6 lead. With 11:35 remaining in the third quarter, Austin Swaney (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids) scooped up a loose ball in front of the net and scored to even the score, 7-7.

The two teams traded a pair of goals, with scores by Yealy and Paras helping tie the game once again, 9-9, with 8:25 remaining in the game. However, Rutgers responded with four unanswered goals to close out the contest and secure the win.

Michigan freshman goaltender Emil Weiss (Cary, N.C./Apex) made 16 saves in net for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines will play the final game of their inaugural season on Saturday, May 5, against the North Carolina Tar Heels. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C.

N O T E S

• Fifth-year senior Trevor Yealy extended his goal streak to nine games with his pair of scores against Rutgers. Yealy, who has a team-best 24 goals on the season, also took over the team lead in points with 25.

• Senior Austin Swaney scored his first career goal at the 11:35 mark of the third quarter. It marked the first goal of the season for a Michigan long pole.

• The 16-stop effort for goalie Emil Weiss was one shy of a career high and marks the seventh time this season he has registered double-digit saves. He previously accomplished the feat against Jacksonville (15), Loyola (11), Mount St. Mary's (10), Harvard (13), Delaware (17) and Ohio State (12).

• Junior Zachary Dauch's two points (one goal, one assist) are a career high.

• Michigan led at the half (5-4) for the third time this season. The Wolverines also held a halftime advantage against Jacksonville (L, 9-8 OT) and Mercer (W, 14-4).