By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
The University of Michigan-Dearborn’s lacrosse team fell to Oakland University, 12-8, Saturday for their second divisional loss of the season .
The Grizzlies raced to a quick start, taking a 4-0 lead before the Wolverines narrowed the gap to 6-4 going into the half.
In the second half, Oakland took advantage of breakdowns in defensive communication and went on a 5-0 run to pull away.
“Oakland really pushed the transition game and took advantage of quick restarts the second half,” said coach Jason Watts. “They also gave our clearing game trouble in the fourth quarter which made it difficult to get the offensives possessions we needed to close the gap.”
Attacker Matthew Rosteck led the Wolverines with points scoring four goals and an assist. Senior attacker Ruben Cabello added three assists.
For the Grizzlies, Corey Borkolov, Zachary Compeau and Alexander Timmis all had five points. Attacker Hunter Spielman led the team in scoring with four goals.
“Outside of the opening few minutes of the game we played well defensively in six vs. six situations,” Watts said. “Unsettled situations and the transition game hurt us today, especially in the second half. On the offensive side of the field we tried to do too much once we were down.”
UM-Dearborn got away from from its play sets and had to improvise more than they had liked.
“We need to be efficient and take advantage of each possession and I don’t feel like we did that today,” said Watts. “We need to learn to play 60 minutes and have complete focus at all times.”
The Wolverines are now 5-3 on the season and have three games remaining this season.
“We have three tough games remaining,” Watts said. “We need to focus hard this week.”
The Wolverines return to action Saturday against Aquinas College, who is 4-2 on the season.