Wolverines to face No.1 Maryland in Big Ten Tourney semi-finals
// Scott Kemps
Fifth-seeded Michigan make their first-ever Big Ten Tournament semifinal appearance, facing No. 1 seed and No.1-seeded Maryland.
” Both Josh zawada and Michael boehm lead UM in points with 35.
The Wolverines are looking for their first win over the Terrapins in program history.
Thursday May 6 – vs. # 1 Maryland – Big Ten Semi-Finals (State College, PA), 5 p.m.
TV: Big Ten Network | Live statistics | Live video | Tournament Central | Interview with coach Conry (WTKA)
The University of Michigan’s No. 5 men’s lacrosse team (3-8, 3-8 Big Ten) faces Maryland (10-0, 10-0 Big Ten) ranked No. 1 and No. 1 in the the Big Ten semifinals on Thursday, May 6 at Panzer Stadium in Penn State. The opening face-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live via Big Ten Network. The winner of the competition will advance to Saturday’s championship game.
• Offensively, Michigan is led by two players with 35 points over the year in second year Josh zawada and first year student Michael boehm. Zawada is tied for the team lead with 22 goals and second in the team in assists with 13. Boehm is second in the team in goals (20) and pace the UM effort with 15 assists. Junior Bryce clay completes the attacking unit with 22 goals tied with Zawada for the team manager.
• As an attacking trio, Zawada, Boehm and Clay account for 52% of the Wolverines’ total points (96 of 186). Collectively, the UM subclasses represent 86 percent of Michigan’s 186 total points for the year (160).
• After carrying a minus-29 goal differential in the first half of the Big Ten roster only, MU’s differential is now a mere minus-9, highlighted by a 15-11 win against Ohio State and two one-goal losses. vs. Penn State (April 14-13, 16) and vs. Rutgers (April 13-12, 25).
• After averaging 18.75 turnovers / game in the first four competitions of the season, UM has drastically reduced turnovers. In the last seven contests, UM now spins the ball over 13 times per contest, ranked No. 14 nationally in turnovers per game at 15.09. UM has a turnover rate of 26.7 percent to rank ninth nationally according to the Lacrosse Reference. In the first meeting against the Terps, UM turned the ball over 19 times, then only 10 times in the second game.
• Junior FOGO Nick rowlett ranks fourth in the Big Ten for winning percentage onside (161 of 296, 0.540). The 296 draws made this year lead the Big Ten and rank 5th in the country. He leads the Big Ten in ground balls per game, ranking No. 6 in the country (8.45). In the Tewaaraton Lacrosse Reference statistical ranking for FOGO, he ranks as the No. 11 faceoff man in the country with an expected composite score-added goals of 45.13 and an EGA faceoff of 42.07 .
• In the postseason honors announced by the conference on Friday, April 30, Rowlett became the second player in program history to be the first All-Big Ten team. Josh zawada took a place in the second team, while the senior captain Jackson zaugg was named Michigan Sportsmanship Honor.
• Thursday’s contest is the second game of Michigan’s Big Ten tournament and its first semifinal appearance.
• Both Bryce clay and Josh zawada are climbing the UM record books in the offensive categories, with Clay holding 76 points (64 goals, 12 assists) to rank No.8 all-time in points and No.5 in goals. Zawada has 67 points (38G, 29A) and ranks No. 10 in points. Its assistance rating ranks 6th in the annals of the program.
All-time streak against the Terrapins: UM lags 10-0
The Terps won the Big Ten Championship with a perfect score of 10-0 in the regular season and lead the country in points per game (27), margin (6.80) and shooting percentage (0.403). The offense is second in the NCAA, averaging 16.60 goals / game. The defense is in 11th place, allowing 9.80 goals per game.
Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Jared Bernhardt leads the country in goals with 4.30 / game, and points per game at 6.20. Linemate Logan Wisnauskas leads the conference in assists per game with 2.20.
Defensively, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Nick Grill sets the pace for the team in induced turnovers and leads the conference with 1.20 / game. Goalkeeper Logan McNaney is No. 1 in the league in goals against average at 9.65, while FOGO Justin Shockey is No. 5 in the league, winning 49% of draws.
The two teams have met twice this season, with the Terps winning the first game by 20-9 at College Park on February 20. Josh zawada leads UM with five points, while Nick rowlett went 15-for-28 on the faceoff. Michigan beat the Terps 6-5 in the fourth quarter. In the last contest (April 10) in Ann Arbor, UM started the match with a 5-0 run, but gave up the next 16 goals of the contest before closing the match on a 7-2 run to fall 18- 12. Bryce clay and Zawada combined for nine points (five goals, four assists).