BY: RYAN PETRAS, GUEST REPORTER
The University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team opened up the season at Belleville Stadium in Belleville, Illinois on Saturday, February 23, to face off against the Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx.
Goaltender Sean Walsh was impressive, making 20 saves on 24 shots but his strong performance wasn’t enough as the Wolves fell to the Lynx 5-4. Attacker Dane Haskin had a hat trick while midfielder Kevin LaHaie contributed a goal to lead the Wolves offense.
In the second match of the season, the Wolves took on the Saint Louis University Billiken at O’Fallon Public Safety Fields the following day. Unlike their first performance, the Wolves had no problems scoring, and in the end defeated the Billiken 10-8.
Kevin Lahaie led the offense with four goals and two assists, and midfielder Nick Thurber scored a goal and added three assists to put together a nice performance. Walsh let in eight goals on 14 shots after an impressive season opener, and even with his struggles the Wolves found a way to get the first win of the season.
After starting the season 1-1, the Wolves headed home for their home opener against the Taylor University Trojans in Birmingham at Seaholm High School this past Saturday.
The Wolves led the Trojans 5-2 in the 2nd Quarter but ended up blowing the lead late as the Trojans notched three goals in the 4th Quarter to beat the Wolves 8-7. Walsh had a busy night, making 20 saves on 28 shots, and attacker Dylan Hatcher scored a hat trick, and led the offense in the loss.
A tough loss had the Wolves looking to bounce back against the Siena Heights Saints on Sunday, but that wasn’t the case, as they lost again with a final score of 7-4.
Hatcher and LaHaie led the way again, with Hatcher scoring twice and LaHaie getting an assist. Midfielder Andrew Dixon found the score sheet to get his first goal of the season as well. Walsh was busy once again, making 18 saves but allowing seven goals. The Wolves (1-3), will look to get their second win of the season against UM-F on St. Patrick’s Day at 10:00am at Groves High School in Beverly, MI.