The Next Level: May 18, 2015

Our weekly look at Michigan natives who are playing college lacrosse at division-1 institutions this spring. One player left:

Notre Dame 14, Albany 10

  • Sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic (Brother Rice) – Started, scored four Goals on 12 Shots (six on goal), recorded one Assist, caused one turnover, and picked up one ground ball.

Notre Dame is the only remaining Next Level team. The Irish face Denver Saturday.

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The Next Level: May 12, 2015

Our annual look at Michigan natives who are playing college lacrosse at division-1 institutions this spring. From schools’ official rosters:

Duke 11, Ohio State 16

  • Freshman midfielder Matthew Giampetroni (Cranbrook) – Did not see game action.

Notre Dame 12, Towson 10

  • Sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic (Brother Rice) – Started, scored a Goal on four Shots (one on goal), and picked up two ground balls. Also committed one turnover.

Yale 7, Maryland 8

  • Freshman midfielder/attack Jason Alessi (Brother Rice) – Scored two Goals on three Shots (two on goal).
  • Sophomore midfielder John Lazarsfeld (Ann Arbor Greenhills) – Did not see game action.

Notre Dame is the only remaining Next Level team. The Irish face Albany Saturday.

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The Next Level: May 8, 2015

Our weekly (but this time not weekly) look at Michigan natives who are playing college lacrosse at division-1 institutions this spring:

Bellarmine 9, High Point 10

  • Sophomore attack/midfield Graham Macko (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Binghamton 13, Vermont 14

  • Freshman midfielder Liam Reaume (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Canisius 6, Detroit 11

  • Freshman midfielder Keith Pravato (Novi) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Steve Wizniuk (De La Salle) – Did not see game action.

Delaware 10, UMass 9

  • Senior defenseman Bennett Packer (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Detroit 11, Canisius 6

  • Senior midfield/attack Brandon Beauregard (Notre Dame Prep) – Started, recorded three Assists, and took six Shots (one on goal). Also committed three turnovers and one penalty for 0:30.
  • Sophomore attack Kyle Beauregard (Notre Dame Prep) – Started, scored a Goal on five Shots (four on goal) and picked up two ground balls.
  • Senior midfielder Mike Birney (Detroit Catholic Central) – Scored a Goal on three Shots (one on goal).
  • Freshman midfielder Sean Birney (Detroit Catholic Central) – Scored two Goals on four Shots (three on goal) and picked up one ground ball. Also committed one turnover.
  • Senior midfielder Scott Drummond (Birmingham Seaholm) – Started, scored three Goals on six Shots (all on goal) and recorded one Assist.
  • Sophomore goalie Connor Flynn (Rockford) – Recorded one save and allowed no goals in 2:03 of action.
  • Senior defenseman Joe Gifford (Notre Dame Prep) – Played, but only made the scoresheet by committing one penalty for 1:00.
  • Redshirt freshman attack Alex Gilhooly (Detroit Catholic Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Ben Gjokaj (Walled Lake Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Brad Harris (Saline) – Picked up one grounds ball.
  • Freshman midfielder Charlie Hayes (Utica Eisenhower) – Took one Shot on goal, caused three turnovers, and picked up two ground balls.
  • Junior midfielder Andy Hebden (Brother Rice) – Recorded one assist, took two Shots on goal, and picked up one ground ball.
  • Sophomore LSM JD Hess (Birmingham Seaholm) – Caused one turnover and picked up one ground ball. Also committed one penalty for 1:00.
  • Sophomore attack/midifeld Connor Maks (UD-Jesuit) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Greg Marzec (Brother Rice) – Won 4/8 faceoffs, picking up two ground balls, and scored a Goal on his only Shot.
  • Redshirt freshman defenseman Bryan Matney (Ann Arbor Pioneer) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Chris Perry (Utica Eisenhower) – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman LSM Austin Ross (Warren Mott) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior midfielder Thomas Sible (Forest Hills Central) – Won 0/1 faceoffs, caused one turnover and picked up one ground ball.
  • Freshman midfielder Brett Spanski (Traverse City Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman defenseman Travis Sparling (Novi) – Did not see game action.
  • Junior midfielder Mike Spuller (Dexter) – Caused one turnover and picked up two ground balls.
  • Redshirt freshman attack Adam Susalla (Birmingham Seaholm) – Did not see game action.
  • Junior defenseman Jordan Yono (Detroit Catholic Central) – Started, but only made the scoresheet by committing one penalty for 1:00.

Detroit 9, Quinnipiac 16

  • Senior midfield/attack Brandon Beauregard (Notre Dame Prep) – Started, scored a Goal on two Shots (both on goal), recorded one assist, and picked up two ground balls. Also committed five turnovers.
  • Sophomore attack Kyle Beauregard (Notre Dame Prep) – Started, caused one turnover, and picked up one ground ball.
  • Senior midfielder Mike Birney (Detroit Catholic Central) – Started, scored a Goal on eight Shots (three on goal), recorded an Assist and picked up two ground balls. Also committed to turnovers.
  • Freshman midfielder Sean Birney (Detroit Catholic Central) – Took three Shots (one on goal) and picked up a ground ball. Also committed one turnover.
  • Senior midfielder Scott Drummond (Birmingham Seaholm) – Scored a Goal on eight Shots (six on goal).
  • Sophomore goalie Connor Flynn (Rockford) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior defenseman Joe Gifford (Notre Dame Prep) – Caused one turnover, picked up two ground balls, and recorded an Assist.
  • Redshirt freshman attack Alex Gilhooly (Detroit Catholic Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Ben Gjokaj (Walled Lake Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Brad Harris (Saline) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Charlie Hayes (Utica Eisenhower) – Caused one turnover and picked up one ground ball.
  • Junior midfielder Andy Hebden (Brother Rice) – Took one Shot and picked up one ground ball.
  • Sophomore LSM JD Hess (Birmingham Seaholm) – Scored a Goal on his only Shot and picked up three ground balls.
  • Sophomore attack/midifeld Connor Maks (UD-Jesuit) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Greg Marzec (Brother Rice) – Won 8/21 facoffs, picking up three ground balls, took one Shot and caused one turnover. Also committed one turnover.
  • Redshirt freshman defenseman Bryan Matney (Ann Arbor Pioneer) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Chris Perry (Utica Eisenhower) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman LSM Austin Ross (Warren Mott) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior midfielder Thomas Sible (Forest Hills Central) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Brett Spanski (Traverse City Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman defenseman Travis Sparling (Novi) – Did not see game action.
  • Junior midfielder Mike Spuller (Dexter) – Caused one turnover and picked up one ground ball.
  • Redshirt freshman attack Adam Susalla (Birmingham Seaholm) – Did not see game action.
  • Junior defenseman Jordan Yono (Detroit Catholic Central) – Started and picked up one ground ball. Also committed one penalty for 1:00.

Duke 13, Notre Dame 8
Duke 14, Syracuse 15

  • Freshman midfielder Matthew Giampetroni (Cranbrook) – Did not see game action.

Marquette 11, Denver 18

  • Junior midfielder K.C. Kennedy (Brother Rice) – Won 3/10 faceoffs, picking up two ground balls. Also committed one turnover.
  • Junior attack Henry Nelson (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Marquette 8, Georgetown 12

  • Junior midfielder K.C. Kennedy (Brother Rice) – Won 6/17 faceoffs, picking up seven ground balls. Also committed two turnovers.
  • Junior attack Henry Nelson (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Michigan 9, Penn State 10

  • Sophomore faceoff specialist Brian Archer (Brighton) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior defenseman Mack Gembis (Cranbrook) – Started and icked up two ground balls.
  • Junior midfielder Riley Kennedy (Brother Rice) – Picked up one ground ball. Also committed one turnover.
  • Senior attack Will Meter (Brother Rice) – Started, scored a Goal on three Shots (one on goal), and picked up one ground ball. Also committed three turnovers.
  • Senior midfielder Thomas Orr (Detroit Catholic Central) – Picked up one ground ball. Also committed one turnover and one penalty for 0:30.
  • Junior defenseman Chris Walker (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Notre Dame 8, Duke 13

  • Sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic (Brother Rice) – Started, scored two Goals on nine Shots (six on goal), caused one turnover, picked up five ground balls, and won 0/1 faceoffs. Also committed two turnovers.

Notre Dame 17, Army 8

  • Sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic (Brother Rice) – started, scored two Goals on five Shots (three on goal) and picked up thre ground balls.

Penn 6, Virginia 12

  • Sophomore goalie Ahmed Iftikhar (Detroit Country Day) – Did not see game action.

Providence 6, Villanova 5

  • Freshman midfielder Joshua Keller (East Grand Rapids) – Scored a Goal on five Shots and caused one turnover. Also committed one turnover.

Richmond 10, Mercer 5

  • Sophomore attack JP Forester (Brother Rice) – Started, recorded three Assists, took two Shots, and picked up one ground ball. Also committed one turnover.

Richmond 8, Furman 7

  • Sophomore attack JP Forester (Brother Rice) – Started, scored three Goals on 13(!) Shots (eight on goal), and picked up one ground ball. Also committed two turnovers.

Richmond 8, High Point 9

  • Sophomore attack JP Forester (Brother Rice) – Started, recorded one Assist, took six Shots, and picked up two ground balls. Also committed one turnover.

Robert Morris 14, Wagner 6

  • Sophomore attack Kento Nakano (Rockford) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.

Rutgers 17, Ohio State 10

  • Junior midfielder Jacob Coretti (East Grand Rapids) – Did not see game action.

VMI 11, UMass-Lowell 10

  • Senior midfielder Andrew Erber (Dexter) – Did not see game action.

Yale 7, Harvard 8

  • Freshman midfielder/attack Jason Alessi (Brother Rice) – Took two Shots (neither on goal). Also committed one turnover.
  • Sophomore midfielder John Lazarsfeld (Ann Arbor Greenhills) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.

Yale 10, Brown 6

  • Freshman midfielder/attack Jason Alessi (Brother Rice) – Took one Shot on goal. Also committed one turnover.
  • Sophomore midfielder John Lazarsfeld (Ann Arbor Greenhills) – Did not see game action.

Yale 11, Princeton 10

  • Freshman midfielder/attack Jason Alessi (Brother Rice) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Sophomore midfielder John Lazarsfeld (Ann Arbor Greenhills) – Did not see game action.

Up next: NCA Tournament play. Feel free to use the comments for discussion, corrections, and scoreline from other divisions.

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MAAC Bracketology

More teams, but a little more simple than the Big Ten bracketology by virtue of a slightly more stratified league.

  • Marist, at 5-0, cannot be caught even in the unlikely event of a a loss to Siena.
  • Quinnipiac, at 4-2, is locked into the No. 2 seed. 3-2 Detroit is the only team that can catch them in the standings, but the Bobcats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
  • Manhattan, at 0-5, is eliminated from conference tourney contention.

Games

Away Home
Siena (2-3) Marist (5-0)
Canisius (2-3) Detroit (3-2)
Manhattan (0-5) Monmouth (2-3)
Bye: Quinnipiac (4-2)

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Seeds 3 and 4 are still up for grabs. We’ll start with possible outcomes if Detroit wins, because that’s by far the simpler scenario. UDM is in with the three-seed, then…

  • Canisius is eliminated if either of Monmouth (likely over Manhattan) or Siena (unlikely over Marist) gets a victory.
  • If only one or the other of Monmouth and Siena achieves a win, that team gets the No. 4 seed.
  • Monmouth holds the tiebreaker over Siena, so in the event that both win, the Hawks make the tournament.
  • If all three squads lose, they’re in a mini-conference scenario tied at 2-4, which Monmouth wins with head-to-head victories over the other two.

If Detroit loses to Canisius, the situations can get pretty complicated, unless both Monmouth and Siena lose. That would drop them to 2-4, so Canisius is the three-seed (head-to-head victory) and Detroit is the four-seed with both sitting at 3-3.

If Canisius wins and at least one of Monmouth and Siena wins, we’re in a multi-way tie that will have some complicated mini-conference tiebreakers at play. There is one simple outcome (Siena wins, Monmouth loses):

Result 3-seed 4-seed Eliminated Eliminated
Siena win, Monmouth loss Canisius
(3-3, 2-0 mini-conference)
Detroit
(3-3, 1-1 mini-conference)
Siena (3-3, 0-2 mini-conference) Monmouth (2-4)

If Canisius, Monmouth, and Siena all win, we’re at a deadlock down the standings. The mini-conference would see Canisius, Detroit, and Monmouth at 2-1, with Siena at 0-3, eliminating the Saints, but seeing the resulting mini-conference deadlocked at 1-1 all around. Goal differential would come into play there. Current standings as follows:

  • Monmouth +2
  • Detroit +1
  • Canisius -3

The only relevant game to the mini-conference is the Detroit/Canisius contest, so goal differential in that game would be the deciding factor. Remember, this is onlt in the event of a Canisius win over Detroit, so…

  • Canisius wins by 1 goal. Monmouth plus-2, Detroit even, Canisius minus-2. Canisius eliminated on goal differential.
  • Canisius wins by 2 goals. Monmouth plus-2, Canisius minus-1, Detroit minus-1, Titans eliminated by virtue of head-to-head loss.
  • Canisius wins by 3-4 goals. Monmouth plus-2, Canisius even (or plus-1), Detroit minus-two (or minus-3)
  • Canisius wins by 5 goals. Monmouth plus-2 (wins head-to-head tiebreaker), Canisius plus-2, Detroit minus-4.
  • Canisius wins by 6-plus goals. Canisius plus-3 (or more), Monmouth plus-2, Detroit minus 5 (or more).

If Siena loses to Marist but the other two results (Canisius over Detroit and Monmouth over Manhattan) hold, the mini-conference is just set up one tiebreaker earlier, and the scenarios for goal differential remain the same.

So. Easy path for Detroit to make the conference tournament: Just win, baby (or lose by only one goal). Detroit is the three-seed with a win, and the four-seed (or totally eliminated) with a loss.

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Big Ten Bracketology

With just one regular-season game remaining for each Big Ten team, the outcomes of the conference standings (and therefore the options of seeding for the conference tournament) are set. Let’s look at what can happen…

Basic:

  • Maryland, Ohio State, and Johns Hopkins are in the tournament.
  • Rutgers has been eliminated from contention.
  • Penn State and Michigan will play for the final tourney spot this weekend, locked into the No. 4 seed.

On to the possibilities. Things aren’t quite hammered down with the 1-3 seeds. Maryland (4-0) can drop out of the top spot, passed by either of the other two teams based on tiebreakers.

For the sake of simplicity, we’ll assume Ohio State beats Rutgers. If they don’t, the seeding is fairly straightforward: Maryland winning the conference makes the Bucks No. 2 and Hopkins No. 3, or Hopkins winning the league makes UMd No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3. In the more likely scenario that Ohio State takes care of business against the Scarlet Knights, a Maryland win means it’s Terps 1 (5-0), Ohio State 2 (4-1), Hopkins 3 (3-2).

If Johns Hopkins does knock off their rival, however, the scenario will come down to goal differential, as all three will sit at 4-1 in the league. As things stand now, Ohio State is plus-2 in goal differential in the three-team mini-conference. Maryland is plus-1, and Hopkins is minus-3.

  • Hopkins wins by one goal. Ohio State plus-two, Maryland even, Hopkins minus-two.
  • Hopkins wins by two goals. Ohio State plus-two, Hopkins minus-one, Maryland minus-one. Hopkins beats out Maryland for No. 2 seed thanks to head-to-head victory.
  • Hopkins wins by three-four goals. Ohio State plus-two, Hopkins even (or plus one), Maryland minus two (or three).
  • Hopkins wins by five goals. Ohio State plus-two, Hopkins plus-two, Maryland minus four. Ohio State beats out Hopkins for top seed based on head-to-head result.
  • Hopkins wins by six or more. Hopkins plus-three (or more), Ohio State plus-two, Maryland minus five (or more).

A Hopkins win ensures Ohio State is the top seed unless the Blue Jays win by six or more. A Hopkins win by more than a single goal (but fewer than six) gives the Buckeyes the top seed with the Blue Jays locked into second. A six-goal Hopkins win seems out of the realm of reality, but would make the Blue Jays the top seed.

The most likely outcome, of course, seems to be that Maryland wins The Rivalry Trophy, with LaxPower projecting a three-plus goal victory at home, and the seedings are straightforward at that point. Michigan and Penn State are playing for the right to face Maryland, with a chance to play Ohio State if the Terps trip up against Hopkins.

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The Next Level: April 22, 2015

Our weekly look at Michigan natives who are playing college lacrosse at division-1 institutions this spring.

Bellarmine 6, Richmond 11

  • Sophomore attack/midfield Graham Macko (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Binghamton 11, Canisius 9
Binghamton 13, Stony Brook 14 (OT)

  • Freshman midfielder Liam Reaume (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Canisius 9, Binhamton 11
Canisius 20, VMI 6

  • Freshman midfielder Keith Pravato (Novi) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Steve Wizniuk (De La Salle) – Did not see game action.

Delaware 11, Fairfield 12 (2OT)

  • Senior defenseman Bennett Packer (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

Detroit 14, Siena 13

  • Senior midfield/attack Brandon Beauregard (Notre Dame Prep) – Started, recorded three Assists, took four Shots (two on goal), and picked up six ground balls. Also committed two turnovers and one penalty for 1:00.
  • Sophomore attack Kyle Beauregard (Notre Dame Prep) – Started, recorded one Assist, took seven Shots (four on goal), and caused one turnover. Also committed one turnover.
  • Senior midfielder Mike Birney (Detroit Catholic Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman midfielder Sean Birney (Detroit Catholic Central) – Took tour Shots (all on goal) and picked up two ground balls. Also committed one turnover.
  • Senior midfielder Scott Drummond (Birmingham Seaholm) – Scored four Goals on seven Shots (all on goal), and picked up two ground balls. Also committed three turnovers.
  • Sophomore goalie Connor Flynn (Rockford) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior defenseman Joe Gifford (Notre Dame Prep) – Picked up one ground ball.
  • Redshirt freshman attack Alex Gilhooly (Detroit Catholic Central) – Took one Shot.
  • Sophomore midfielder Ben Gjokaj (Walled Lake Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Brad Harris (Saline) – Scored two Goals on three Shots (two on goal). Also committed one turnover.
  • Freshman midfielder Charlie Hayes (Utica Eisenhower) – Picked up one ground ball.
  • Junior midfielder Andy Hebden (Brother Rice) – Scored a Goal on two Shots (one on goal).
  • Sophomore LSM JD Hess (Birmingham Seaholm) – Started and picked up three ground balls.
  • Sophomore attack/midifeld Connor Maks (UD-Jesuit) – Did not see game action.
  • Sophomore midfielder Greg Marzec (Brother Rice) – Started and won 2/8 faceoffs, picking up one ground ball.
  • Redshirt freshman defenseman Bryan Matney (Ann Arbor Pioneer) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Freshman midfielder Chris Perry (Utica Eisenhower) – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman LSM Austin Ross (Warren Mott) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior midfielder Thomas Sible (Forest Hills Central) – Picked up one ground ball.
  • Freshman midfielder Brett Spanski (Traverse City Central) – Did not see game action.
  • Freshman defenseman Travis Sparling (Novi) – Did not see game action.
  • Junior midfielder Mike Spuller (Dexter) – Scored a Goal on two Shots (one on goal), added an Assist, and picked up four ground balls. Also committed one turnover and one penalty for 0:30.
  • Redshirt freshman attack Adam Susalla (Birmingham Seaholm) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Junior defenseman Jordan Yono (Detroit Catholic Central) – Started, but only made the scoresheet by committing one penalty for 0:30.

Duke 17, Stony Brook 11
Duke 15, Marquette 8

  • Freshman midfielder Matthew Giampetroni (Cranbrook) – Did not see game action.

Marquette 8, Duke 15

  • Junior midfielder K.C. Kennedy (Brother Rice) – Won 8/22 faceoffs, picking up six ground balls.
  • Junior attack Henry Nelson (Brother Rice) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.

Michigan 9, Johns Hopkins 16

  • Sophomore faceoff specialist Brian Archer (Brighton) – Did not see game action.
  • Senior defenseman Mack Gembis (Cranbrook) – Started, caused one turnover, and picked up four ground balls. Also committed one penalty for 1:00.
  • Junior midfielder Riley Kennedy (Brother Rice) – Played, but did not accrue any statistics.
  • Senior attack Will Meter (Brother Rice) – Started, scored a Goal on his only Shot, and picked up two ground balls.
  • Senior midfielder Thomas Orr (Detroit Catholic Central) – Picked up one ground ball. Also committed one turnover and two penalties for 2:00.
  • Junior defenseman Chris Walker (Brother Rice) – Did not see game action.

NJIT 5, Dartmouth 7

  • Freshman midfielder Brent Lubin (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s) – Caused one turnover.

Notre Dame 15, North Carolina 14

  • Sophomore midfielder Sergio Perkovic (Brother Rice) – Started, scored three Goals on seven Shots (five on goal) and picked up one ground ball. Also committed one turnover.

Penn 15, Dartmouth 12

  • Sophomore goalie Ahmed Iftikhar (Detroit Country Day) – Did not see game action.

Providence 11, Brown 15

  • Freshman midfielder Joshua Keller (East Grand Rapids) – Scored a Goal on six Shots and picked up three ground balls.

Providence 9, Denver 13

  • Freshman midfielder Joshua Keller (East Grand Rapids) – Scored a Goal on two Shots.

Richmond 11, Bellarmine 6

  • Sophomore attack JP Forester (Brother Rice) – Started, scored two Goals on 11(!) Shots (six on goal), added two assists, caused one turnover and picked up two ground balls. Also committedtwo turnovers.

Robert Morris 9, Air Force 10

  • Sophomore attack Kento Nakano (Rockford) – Did not see game action.

Rutgers 6, Penn State 11

  • Junior midfielder Jacob Coretti (East Grand Rapids) – Did not see game action.

VMI 5, High Point 18
VMI 6, Canisius 20

  • Senior midfielder Andrew Erber (Dexter) – Did not see game action.

Yale 11, Albany 12

  • Freshman midfielder/attack Jason Alessi (Brother Rice) – Recorded two Assists and took one Shot on goal. Also committed one turnover.
  • Sophomore midfielder John Lazarsfeld (Ann Arbor Greenhills) – Did not see game action.

Use the comments for corrections, discussion, and statlines from other divisions.

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Michigan 9, Johns Hopkins 16

Michigan has the talent to run with a team like Hopkins (which, if you look at the record, might not be saying much, but that’s one of the country’s most talented squads, at the very least), but not the depth. They also have a few key failings – that have recurred all year – that prevent them from reaching their potential.

Young program, growing program, but this really felt like the year they might take that big step forward(they’ve taken some smaller ones), and yet they’re probably one year off.

Tempo Free

From the official box score, a look at the tempo-free stats:

Johns Hopkins 2015
Michigan Johns Hopkins
Faceoff Wins 8 Faceoff Wins 19
Clearing 18-20 Clearing 15-18
Possessions 31 Possessions 39
Goals 9 Goals 16
Offensive Efficiency .290 Offensive Efficiency .410

Hopkins basically dominated the possession game thanks to a strong performance on faceoffs. Michigan managed to keep things under control by clearing well and forcing a handful of Hopkins failed clears on the ride.

Still, the efficiency marks tell the bigger story: Hopkins was the better team. As to whether some of that comes because Michigan was worn down by always being on defense is another story.

Notes

So at this point in the season (second- or third-to-last game, I’m really going out on a limb here), I’m willing to say Michigan stinks at faceoffs. Yes, they’ve gone up against some of the best specialists in the country, but it takes more than that to see the levels of possession deficit they’re experiencing. Brad Lott went 1/5, Mike McDonnell 4/12 (though he did show some signs at times), and Chase Brown 3/10. Plenty of those were ground balls that UM just got out-competed for, as well.

As mentioned above, Hopkins really seemed to wear down Michigan early in the game. They didn’t build a big lead (3-3 tie after the first quarter and 8-5 at the half), but the Wolverines’ D was run ragged to a degree, and that allowed the Blue Jays to play with confidence – if not too much more output – after the break. They knew they could dominate the ball and score if it came to that, so they managed to slow things down a bit while Michigan unsuccessfully struggled to play catch-up.

This was a bit of a reverse of the standard Gerald Logan experience (in part because of the above-mentioned weardown factor), wherein he started the game very well – kept his team right in it through the first, in fact – but faded later in the contest. He saw a lot of rubber – 27 shots on goal, 11 of which he saved – and after the first quarter, didn’t do much to save his team’s bacon.

Longpole Stefan Bergman had an outstanding four caused turnovers and four ground balls on the game, while Mack Gembis had one and four in those categories, respectively. When the opposition puts up 16 goals on 39 possessions, you’re looking for any sort of silver lining, I guess.

Hopkins hasn’t been a great defensive team this year, but Michigan did have a nice output in scoring, especially given that they were out of the contest pretty early and you often see a team wing ineffective shots at the keeper just to feel again, man in that situation. If you excise the fourth quarter (when both of the Wolverines’ failed clears took place, along with just one goal), Michigan scored eight goals on 20 possessions. Against a team with Hopkins’ talent (if not results), you can see where they’re just a player or two away from a breakthrough.

David Joseph (2G), David McCormack and Mikie Schlosser (1G, 1A each) were your only multi-point scorers. Only three of Michigan’s nine goals were assisted (the other assist went to Ian King, who I believe was held goalless for the first time he’s been healthy enough to play in an entire game).

Hopkins is having some goalie issues this year, but switched goalies in the first to oft-maligned Drew Schneider, who you could make an argument helped win the game. Starter Will Ryan saved zero of three shots faced, while Schneider made 13 saves and allowed just five goals in just over three quarters of action.

The Brothers Stanwick were standouts, with three goals and an assist (Wells) and a goal and two assists (Shack). Holden Cattoni and John Crowley had two goals and an assist apiece.

Elsewhere

Boxscore. U-M recap. Re-watch the whole darn thing. Hopkins recap.

Up Next

U-M’s final regular-season game has huge implications for both teams. The winner between Michigan and Penn State will see its season continue with a berth into the Big Ten Tournament, where Maryland (top seed), Ohio State, and now Hopkins (Nos. 2 and 3, depending on results this weekend) have already secured bids.

Penn State has the same league record as Michigan: 1-3, with the lone victory over Rutgers, so the head-to-head game will vault one to 2-3 and the conference tourney and the other to the end of its season.

The game is a Sunday night game at home for the Maize and Blue, and should feature one of the best atmospheres – especially given the stakes – of the year.

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