By JACK VANASSCHE, Sports Editor
The University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team resumed action on Saturday against Indiana Institute of Technology after a two-week break.
The No. 10-ranked Warriors outscored the Wolverines 6-2 in the fourth quarter to pull away and earn an 18-12 win over the Wolverines in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Wolverines (4-2, 2-1 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference), which are receiving votes to be nationally ranked, dropped their second straight game to a top-10 program with the loss.
Head coach Jason Watts will make no excuses for his team’s losses, regardless of their rankings.
“No,” he said. “Regardless of a team’s ranking, a loss is still a loss in the end. Our goal is to approach every game the same and walk off the field knowing we gave it our all at the end.”
The Wolverines got through the first quarter with a 4-3 lead over Indiana Tech (7-2, 3-0 WHAC), but the Warriors answered with four goals in the second quarter to take a one-goal lead into halftime.
Noah Puckett had a hat trick for the Warriors before the end of the first half.
Indiana Tech outscored the Wolverines in each quarter after the first but only clutched a two-goal lead heading into the final frame.
Faceoff losses for the Wolverines led to extra possessions for Indiana Tech, and they continued making the most of their chances. The Warriors won the faceoff battle 25-9, which Watts believed was the difference in the game.
“We spent a lot of time on defense and they really wore us down and capitalized on nearly every possession,” he said.
Freshman goaltender Jon Chaffee was busy all night and made 14 saves in the contest.
“Chaffee played well considering I-Tech had 25 more possessions than us just in the faceoff department,” Watts said. “We spent a lot of time on defense and he kept us in the game.”
Junior Matthew Rosteck scored three goals for a hat trick in the loss for the Wolverines, scoring the second and third legs of the hat trick within a minute of each other.
Overall, five players scored at least twice for UM-Dearborn. Aside from Rosteck’s hat trick, freshman James “JP” Hatch, sophomore Devon Callaghan and freshman Micah Rinke all scored twice.
Junior Mitchell Stapleton had a team-high in assists with three.
Going forward, Watts said the team did learn a lesson in the loss.
“Even if one area of the game is not going in our favor, we need to execute in other facets of the game and overcome our deficiency by other means,” he said. “We need to remain disciplined to not let any one negative become a distraction.”
The Wolverines will look to bounce back against Lawrence Technological University at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.