By JERAMY STOVER, Staff Reporter
A power outage kept the University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team from a comeback win Wednesday night.
And not one involving electricity.
After taking a three-goal lead into halftime against Lawrence Tech, the Wolverines were outscored 10-4 in the second half which led to a 13-10 Blue Devils win.
“Second-half penalties and faceoff issues limited our offensive touches,” said head coach Jason Watts. “We also had some costly turnovers in the second half which further compounded the problem.”
UM-Dearborn took five second half penalties and were 1-for-7 on faceoffs in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Donald Roda said it was the opposing team who played their best when it mattered.
“I felt that we didn’t have our best, whole-game performance this year. In the first half we played great,” Roda said. “However, a game is 60 minutes not 30 and (Lawrence Tech) got hot at the right time in the game.”
Blue Devils goalie Adam Gohl made some key saves in the second half and was a key reason why the Wolverines had a tough time mustering up a comeback.
“Their goalie is very solid and (made) some pretty big saves. We faced him the last few years so we were expecting a tough matchup,” Watts said.
Roda, who finished with a goal and an assist, wasn’t afraid to point a finger at himself for contributing to the missed opportunities.
“Personally, I had two wide open shots that would’ve tied the game up and I shot in the goalie’s stick. Missed opportunities are what killed us the most,” Roda said.
After the game was over, Roda practiced shooting at the net, even as the Country Day Fieldhouse staff began to turn the lights off for the night. He said it’s something he began doing in high school.
“Shooting after the game is something I started doing in high school when we’d lose games we should’ve won. With that being said, it’s not something I do all of the time,” Roda said. “It gives me a chance to clear my mind and focus on the areas where I needed to be better.”
A bright spot for the Wolverines was the play of Rueben Cabello. The senior captain had three goals and four assists. Cabello did an excellent job of setting his teammates up and finding the open man near the net.
“Rueben was solid per usual. When they switched to man defense, Ruben took advantage of the match-up and got 1-2 goals off an ISO,” Watts said. “I expected nothing less to be honest with it being such a big game and being his final match-up against LTU.”
Dylan Hatcher scored four goals, and Alex Fitzgerald and Joel Martin added one each.
Another bright spot on the field for the Wolverines was their uniforms. The team debuted their alternate maize jerseys for the rivalry game.
Watts explained that the coaching staff had discussed when to debut the uniforms a couple weeks ago, and didn’t let the team know until game day.
“The coaching staff discussed 2-3 weeks ago about when to debut. The guys had no idea until we were in the locker room pre-game,” Watts said. “We wanted to pull them out for a big game and a conference matchup against crosstown rival LTU was a no brainier for us.”
The team has been anxiously waiting to sport their alternate uniforms. They were excited to find out they would be finally getting a chance to wear them.
“Our team was ecstatic to wear our maize uniforms. It’s something we’ve been pushing our coaches to let us wear the whole season,” Roda said. “With all the history behind the uniforms and wearing the block M, it was a moment we were all looking forward to since their unveil to us in August.”
UM-Dearborn’s season finale is April 19 when it hosts division leader Siena Heights at Birmingham Groves High School.