Michigan overpowers Bellarmine, maintains perfect season

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3:25pm

Sophomore Decker Curran scored two goals to put the Wolverines on the path toward a 6-2 halftime lead.

Sophomore Decker Curran scored two goals to put the Wolverines on the path toward a 6-2 halftime lead. Buy this photo
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In its five-year history, the Michigan men’s lacrosse team has never seen a season start like this one. After their 13-5 victory over Bellarmine (0-2), the Wolverines (4-0) remain undefeated for the first time in program history.

More than 10 minutes of the first quarter passed before either team could manage a goal. It took until the 4:17 mark for Michigan sophomore attacker Brent Noseworthy to break the stalemate. His goal was quickly followed by three more for the Wolverines, courtesy of sophomore midfielders Nick DeCaprio and Decker Curran and freshman midfielder Avery Myers.

Michigan’s 4-0 scoring run was briefly halted in the second period by the Knights’ Tucker Cisseau, but Curran and Noseworthy tacked on two more goals to give the Wolverines a 6-2 halftime lead.

Michigan continued to pad its lead through the remainder of the competition. In the third period, Noseworthy continued the success he has seen all season, notching three more goals for the Wolverines, two of which were assisted by sophomore attacker Rocco Sutherland.

While the Wolverines’ senior class dominated on defense and helped set up the offense, it was the underclassmen who found the scoring opportunities.

“Offensively, there’s a group of sophomores right now — Rocco Sutherland, Decker Curran — who are all a big part of our offense,” said Michigan coach John Paul. “Brent’s the beneficiary of what all of the other guys are doing. … We have a couple veteran guys out there, but we’re relying heavily on some of the younger guys, and they’re getting the job done.”

It wasn’t just the sophomores who played well, though. Senior attacker Ian King tied the school record of 113 career points, previously set by former Wolverine Kyle Jackson, and added two assists.

Defensively, Michigan played its best game of the season, allowing just five goals on 31 shots and winning 13 of 21 faceoffs. Redshirt sophomore goalie Tommy Heidt made 11 saves on the night.

“I thought it was more of a team performance today,” Curran said. “The offense has really been clicking, putting up some pretty big numbers on the (offensive) side. For any team, when the defense steps up, it allows the offense to just get going, and I think that’s what we did today.”

As impressive as their record may be, the Wolverines have yet to face some of their toughest competition. That will change soon as they look ahead to a meeting with No. 4 Notre Dame next week.

“We’re not prepared yet, we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Paul said. “Something we’re going to be working on is just getting back to some really competitive practices we haven’t been able to do for a week.”

Still, with the way Michigan has played through the first part of its season, the Wolverines believe they can compete with the Fighting Irish.

“I think this team is a really talented group,” said junior attacker Patrick Tracy. “We know what to expect and we’re really excited for Notre Dame.”