By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn men’s lacrosse team is on a four-game winning streak after dominating wins against Wheaton College and Lewis on the road over the weekend.
The Wolverines routed Wheaton, 17-7, Saturday and shutout Lewis University, 20-0, Sunday.
In the first game against Wheaton, the Wolverines set the tone by executing a set play off the opening face-off to take an early lead when attacker Dylan Hatcher scored his first of six goals on the day.
The UM-Dearborn defense had a strong day as well against Wheaton. Senior defenseman Alex Miller was solid on the back end, winning nine ground balls for the Wolverines and helping control momentum.
“Today was a complete team effort and we accomplished everything I wanted to see,” said head coach Jason Watts.
Along with Hatcher’s six goals, eight other players reached the score sheet. Sophomore Matthew Rosteck led the team in points with eight, scoring two goals and adding a game high six assists. Senior Ruben Cabello contributed two goals and four assists.
Goalie David Stephanoff had another good performance on the young season, making nine of his 11 saves in the first half.
“We have so much potential with this year’s team, and today showed what we are truly capable of,” said Watts. “We need to keep playing at this level and keep improving week after week.”
The second game against Lewis University was the Flyers’ first home game in school history, as they are a first year program.
Lewis has a small roster which allowed for the Wolverines to wear them down as the game went on. UM-Dearborn controlled the face-offs, allowing it to maintain control and momentum of the game.
Hatcher recorded his 100th career goal against Lewis, bringing him just five points away from tying the UM-Dearborn all time point record of 122.
The defense was locked in again, allowing only four shots during the game. Stephanoff recorded his second shutout of the season and second in program history.
Cabello recorded the most points for the Wolverines against Lewis with seven, leading with four goals, three assists and scooping up three ground balls.
Four players were able to score their first collegiate points, including sophomore Nathan Lewis with a goal, sophomore Andrew Lochmann with a goal, senior Richard Nehring with a goal and senior Jeff Sebastian with two goals.
“I’m really happy with our improvement over the last week,” said Watts. “We really started to click on offense this weekend, and our defense played the best we have all season.”
Next weekend the Wolverines head home for back to back games. They play Lourdes University in the first conference game of the season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. They then turn around on Sunday and play Toledo at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. Both games will be held at the Detroit Country Day Fieldhouse.