Michigan vs. Bellarmine
March 17, 2012
The Game Story:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team fell to Bellarmine, 13-9, on Saturday (March 17) in its first-ever regular-season game at Michigan Stadium. Michigan scored the first three goals, before Bellarmine fought back, scoring five straight goals in the first half and outscoring the Wolverines, 7-4, in the second half.

For Michigan, Trevor Yealy (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and Will Meter (Beverly Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) each had two goals. Bellarmine's Lance Robinson had three goals to lead the Knights. Austin Bright added two goals and three assists.

Michigan outshot Bellarmine 29-26, but the Knights won the face-off battle, 16-10. Ground balls were even at 32 apiece.

Michigan scored first for the seventh time in eight games this season. Paras took an Alex Vasileff (Birmingham, Mich/Seaholm) pass and scored on Michigan's opening possession of the game at 13:06. Ryan Dutton-O'Hara (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) scored Michigan's second goal at 11:30. Facing a 10-man ride, J.D. Johnson (Malibu, Calif./Loyola) fired the ball the length of the field. Dutton-O'Hara fielded the pass, made a clean fake before scoring his first goal. Zachary Dauch (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) scored the third goal at 10:57, assisted by Yealy.

Bellarmine countered with five straight goals to take a 5-3 lead two minutes into second quarter. Michigan traded goals to end the half down, 6-5, with Meter and Paras tallying goals.

Bellarmine took control with two goals in six seconds in the third period. Goalie Dillon Ward scored on a goal from 70 yards out when the Wolverines were in a 10-man ride and could not recover on the long shot. Moments later, Andrew Bulgarelli won a faceoff and sprinted in for a Knights goal.

Michigan stayed close for the rest of the game but was unable to retake the lead. Meter's goal at 0:15 in the third period pulled the Wolverines within 9-7, but Bellarmine added three straight goals to start the fourth period to put the game away.