Alongside Bonomi, who recorded one other goal and one assist on Saturday, fellow freshmen attackman Josh Zawada and defenseman Dylan Gardner, who both found the back of the net twice, had impressive debuts as the Wolverines (1-0) defeated the Vikings (0-1), 16-9, in their season opener.
And considering how injury-prone the team was last season, being able to rely on younger players that have the ability to step up and perform will be important for Michigan. Veteran Wolverines have now seen they can trust the freshmen to hold their ground at a high level.
After a 2019 campaign that saw a shattered record in the win column and first NCAA Tournament bid, the Michigan women’s lacrosse team is approaching 2020 with the ambition to build on what they did last year.
After a season riddled with injuries, faceoff struggles and deflating, tightly-contested losses, many teams would simply throw in the towel toward the end of the season, deeming their final games meaningless.
While the score was even for most of the contest, eventually the Wolverines pulled ahead and won with their ninth goal during the second half, defeating the Fighting Irish, 9-8. Senior midfielder and team captain Chandler Kirby was the leading scorer of the match with 4 goals.
Some college sports teams are toxic and self-destructive, overemphasizing individual success and accolades.
But some are imbued with camaraderie, support and an overwhelming sense of pride. These teams value synergy and build one another up.
Michigan men’s lacrosse is among the latter.
After the final buzzer, the Denver bench sprinted onto the field, racing to mob each other, running and jumping and laughing. On the other end, the Michigan players walked slowly, taking their good sweet time to form a huddle of their own.