Stu Zaas gives us the goods once more. I’m attending the men’s game against State tonight at 7:30 at Birmingham Seaholm High School, assuming the weather clears up. Report on that game coming Monday.
Ann Arbor, MI (April 23, 2009) – U.S. Lacrosse has announced the field for the 2009 WDIA National Championship to be played in Scottsdale, AZ on May 6-9. Michigan (17-4) earned the #8 seed in the 16 team field and will face #9 UCLA (10-7) in the first round. That game will be a rematch of the Feb. 15 game which saw then #6 Michigan defeat #9 UCLA 8-7 as part of the Santa Barbara Shootout in Santa Barbara, CA.
Michigan’s potential second round matchup against the winner of #1 University of California Santa Barbara and #16 West Chester could produce another rematch as Michigan knocked off then second-ranked UCSB on Feb. 13 winning 7-6.
In preparation, Michigan will increase its practice schedule in the next two weeks before departing for Arizona. “There is no rhyme or reason to the wins and losses earned by each team this season, so every team has an equal shot at winning,” said senior quad-captain Julie Baskind. “We need to practice hard in the next two weeks and show up to play when it counts.”
Michigan heads to Scottsdale seeking its first national championship in program history. The team’s best showing was a runner-up finish in 2006. Head coach, Jen Dunbar (second season) looks forward to the challenge of playing at nationals, “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to test ourselves against the best. We’re ready to go out and prove that Michigan means business.”