Sophomore Alex Fitzgerald in action against Taylor University. Photo courtesy of Indira Cabello.
Sophomore Alex Fitzgerald in action against Taylor University. Photo courtesy of Indira Cabello.
Sophomore Alex Fitzgerald in action against Taylor University. Photo courtesy of Indira Cabello.

By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter

The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s lacrosse team routed Taylor University of Indiana 19-5 on Saturday afternoon in their third game of the season. UM-Dearborn is now 2-1 on the young season.

The Wolverines were led by freshman attacker Eric Rosteck with seven goals and two assists, totaling nine points in his first game of the season. Rosteck also plays hockey for UM-Dearborn and missed the first two games due to the hockey playoffs.

UM-Dearborn was aggressive on offense, outshooting the Trojans in three of the four quarters and totaling 36 shots to just 19.

Wolverines head coach Jason Watts was impressed by the way his team played on a muddy grass field when they usually play on turf.

Freshman Eric Rosteck. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn lacrosse/MCLA.us)
Freshman Eric Rosteck. (Photo courtesy of UM-Dearborn lacrosse/MCLA.us)

“We dominated on ground balls which is stellar for the conditions,” he said. “Every won ground ball is a possession so that’s important.”

The Wolverines were also unselfish on Saturday, with 14 of their 19 goals being assisted. Sophomore midfielder Mason Amin came through with five assists and had a goal, ending the game with six points.

Not only was the offense on fire, the defense was able to lock down Taylor for most of the game. Senior goalie Sean Walsh faced 12 shots on net, making seven saves and allowing only five goals for a .583 save percentage.

“We really played well as a team on offense and defense,” said Watts.

As the game went on and the victory was in hand, many young players were able to get in the game and get their feet wet.

“We were able to get a lot of new guys’ key experience,” Watt said. “It will prove valuable later in the season.”

Next, the Wolverines will travel to Sylvania, Ohio to take on the Lourdes University Grey Wolves. The game will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.