By GEOFF MEHL, Staff Reporter
Senior attacker Ruben Cabello led the University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team in scoring with two of its three goals on a cold and windy senior day.
The 10-3 loss to Siena Heights Sunday ended the Wolverines’ playoff hopes despite posting the best regular season record in school history at 6-5.
The Wolverines offensive attack was stifled by a tough defensive style from Siena Heights. Cabello got UM-Dearborn on the board first, scoring a quick goal in the first minute of the game. From there, Siena Heights turned the attack around scoring five unanswered goals to end the quarter, taking a 5-1 lead.
“We could have played better and we didn’t come out as hard as we could have,” said senior attacker Dylan Hatcher. “They locked us off and kind of threw a kink in our offense.”
In the second quarter the Wolverines were able to slow down the Siena Heights offense and create a better tempo.
After a goal early into the quarter for Siena Heights, Alexander Fitzgerald was able to gash up the middle for a close shot for a goal. UM-Dearborn now trailed 6-2.
After being down 7-2 entering the fourth quarter, the Wolverine offense again stalled and the defense suffered. Cabello scored a goal quickly into the fourth but Siena Heights countered right back scoring three unanswered goals to eventually win 10-3.
“We had trouble establishing our offense,” said head coach Jason Watts. “We didn’t really get the good looks we wanted to.”
Though the team posted its best record in history, there was still some disappointment over not getting into the playoffs.
“We ran a lot of guys into the ground this season and used some guys as some work horses,” said Watts. “All the games we lost were close ones, this was our biggest deficit and we just need to learn how to play four quarters.”
Going into next season, the goals of the program will remain the same.
“Expectations are going to remain high, our goal is to make playoffs and make a run,” said Watts.
“There’s always been a sense of urgency and we want the program to exceed us next year and the years after that,” added Hatcher. “We want the freshman to take this program farther than we ever could.”