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Navy, Michigan, UMBC Scrimmage Notes


Why don’t more fans avail themselves of attending fall lacrosse scrimmages? The scrimmages at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium among Michigan, Navy and UMBC on Saturday drew a small but appreciative crowd. It was a sunny, crisp afternoon with temperatures in the mid-60s. Parking was $5 but admission was free and a concessions stand was open. 

Especially with the Division I schedule beginning so early — Denver and Johns Hopkins scrimmage on Jan. 24 — fallball is one of the few chances to watch high-level college lacrosse in what promises to be comfortable weather. 

There’s more chances to see fallball; this year the schedule runs until late October. It’s well worth it.

Onto the recap.  

Unofficial scores

Navy 11, UMBC 8 

Michigan 11, UMBC 10

Navy 9, Michigan 6

Michigan 

Leading scorers: Sophomore MF Mikie Schlosser (two goals, two assists against UMBC); junior MF Kyle Jackson (three goals on the day).

Navy

Leading scorers: Junior MF Kevin Wendel (three goals against UMBC); freshman A Jack Ray (four goals on the day); freshman A David Little (three goals on the day).

UMBC

Leading scorers: Junior MF Jack Gannon (seven goals on the day); junior A Nate Lewnes (three goals on the day); sophomore MF Dylan McDermott (two goals against Navy). 

General impressions:

 

Michigan

Michigan’s midfield lines are fun to watch. The first line was Schlosser, Jackson and redshirt junior David Joseph (two goals on the day). The second line was junior Mike Hernandez (two goals), redshirt sophomore Brendan Gaughan (one goal) and freshman BJ Mattheiss (one goal/St. Paul’s, Md.). 

Gaughan is an impressive lefty shooter. It didn’t take long for him to get the “shooter!” designation from the sideline when he touched the ball. 

Hernandez scored a goal in transition, played face-off wing and bumped to the starting midfield as needed. 

And that’s just the second line. 

Among the first line, Schlosser is very athletic and keeps his head up when he dodges as evidenced by his two assists in the first half against UMBC. He also played as a face-off wing. Jackson is a creative shooter who moves well off-ball. He scored a goal as the buzzer sounded to end the first quarter against UMBC. Freshman Chase Young (Saint Joseph’s Prep, Pa.) rotated into the second and third midfield lines. 

“We’ve been practicing for four weeks and we thought we had a better team than we’ve had before. But you never know until you play somebody,” Wolverines coach John Paul says. “There’s no question we’ve taken a pretty big leap forward. 

“What I told the guys is while I need them to feel really good about where they are because they’ve all seen the progression of this program, they can’t be close to satisfied.”

Also catching the eye: Junior LSM Paxton Moore scoring a goal in transition from the middle of the field, 12 yards, against the UMBC starting goalie from two years ago. … 

On face-offs, I had Michigan winning 14 of 21 against UMBC primarily through junior Brad Lott, sophomore Brian Archer and freshman Michael McDonnell (Middleburg Academy, Va.). Michigan won 8 of 19 against the Midshipmen. …

Highly regarded freshman Hugh Mosko (Boys’ Latin, Md.) did not play. He still is rehabbing a knee injury suffered late last season. He is expected back for the season and is a strong candidate to start on close defense. …

Michigan’s starting attack was seniors David McCormack and Will Meter and sophomore Ian King, last year’s leading scorer. I had King with one goal and one assist against Navy. Quick senior Mike Francia played a lot on attack too. …. 

The starting defense was sophomore Andrew Hatton, senior Mack Gembis and junior Chris Walker…. Third midfield featured senior Andrew Mosko, freshman PJ Bogle (Culver Academy, Ind.) and junior Evan Glaser. …

Michigan rotated all three goalies. Junior Gerry Logan, the starter two years ago, started the opening scrimmage and played the first half. Freshman Tommy Heidt (Brunswick, Conn.) played the second half. Sophomore Robbie Zonino started the second scrimmage with the three splitting the second half…. 

 

Navy

It took less than two minutes for freshman Jack Ray (Don Bosco, N.J.) to score his first goal for Navy. Ray started on attack in both scrimmages and was one of several freshmen to play extensively. His first goal came with 13 minutes 7 seconds left in the first quarter against UMBC. 

Among the freshmen against UMBC: Starting attackman David Little (Woodberry Forest, Va.); starting midfielder Casey Rees (Boys’ Latin, Md.); and second-line midfielders Spencer Coyle (St. Mary’s-Annapolis, Md.) and David Jones (Severn, Md.).

Against Michigan, Coyle started and Jones and Rees played on the second line. Freshman Noah Pounds (Ridgewood, NJ) started in goal and classmate Nick Ramsey (DeMatha, Md.) played the third quarter. 

Overall, Navy’s focus on recruiting athleticism for the offense was evident on Saturday. There are 20 freshmen on the team and half are likely to play a lot this season. 

“We feel like we’re a little more athletic than maybe we have been in the past,” coach Rick Sowell says. “But we saw some little things, like not taking care of the ball, that bit us in the second game.”

Ray has good size (6-6, 235 pounds) and moves well; he scored a goal against Michigan coming straight from GLE against a defender who started all 16 games last year. Little is a very creative shooter; he shoots the ball quickly and even scored on a one-handed shot coming from ‘x’ against Michigan. …

The starting defense was senior Ryan Everson, junior Jules Godino and sophomore Matt Rees. Junior John Connors started in goal in the opener. ….

Junior Kevin Wendel had a star turn against the Retrievers. He scored three goals, two lefty and one righty. Wendel was on the first midfield line in both scrimmages. …

Navy was missing several players, primarily through injury and military commitments; all are expected back for the season. That group includes senior MF Gabe Voumard, junior A Patrick Keena, sophomore D Chris Fennell and sophomore face-off specialist Brady Dove. …

A shout out to senior Tim Roy, a midfielder. He scored against Michigan and this year has a stick head dyed red, white and blue. ….

Senior Will Cybulski was the fourth attackman and, in roughly two quarters of play, finshed with two goals and two assists. He moved the ball quickly and decisively. …

Overall thoughts: “The guys came back in really good shape and have been working hard,” Sowell says. “It was nice for that work to get rewarded a little.”

 

UMBC

UMBC welcomed back redshirt junior goalie Wes DiRito. He started two years ago, then missed last season with a foot injury. Senior James Maxwell started in goal against the Midshipmen but DiRito started against the Wolverines and looked sharp. 

Redshirt sophomore Connor Gordon, last year’s starter, did not play. Nor did junior Pat Young, the team’s impressive midfielder. Coach Don Zimmerman says Young, who was wearing a protective boot on his foot, will be healthy for the spring. …

UMBC’s starting defense featured two seniors and a junior and that experience was obvious; UMBC was very strong especially in the first half against Navy. The standout was junior Zach Esser; he held Navy’s talented junior TJ Hanzsche to no goals. … 

Also impressive was junior Jack Gannon, the high scorer on the day with seven goals. Gannon ran on the first midfield line with McDermott and senior Ty Kashur. Gannon is quick, especially laterally, and is a very good shooter. …

Sophomore Max Maxwell, a starting attackman, had an impressive goal on an iso against Navy’s top defense and goalie Connors. … 

Against Navy, the Retrievers had success with wing dodges. Often they dodged the wing, then fed a cutter in the middle of the field for a quick but open 10-12 yard shot. But McDermott scored a goal off a wing dodge when Navy didn’t slide to him quick enough and let him get into the middle. Lewnes got loose for a goal from the middle of the field following a wing dodge …

UMBC struggled on face-offs all day. It won seven of 22 against Navy and used three players there, including a pole. It then won seven of 21 against Michigan. …

Junior Mark Monroe, a transfer from Division III Dickinson, started on attack in both scrimmages and scored a goal in each. …

“We saw some good things. I like our effort. Playing back to back isn’t easy,” UMBC coach Don Zimmerman says. “We have some things to work on but our effort was good.” …

 

About the new rules: There was only one face-off violation for the back-of-the-stick rule. There were a handful (less than five) shot clock timer-on situations and only one resulted in a turnover.