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Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7A
Michigan loses first varsity
lacrosse match in Ann Arbor
Senior defenseman Greg Pateryn has been a steady presence on the blue line for Michigan this season.
SPateryn finds balance as
Blue's defensive anchor
By SCOTT FREEDMAN
For the Daily
The Michigan men's lacrosse
squad suffered a tough defeat in
the newly minted varsity pro-
home game LOYOLA 15
Wednesday MICHIGAN 8
The 15-8 loss against No. 9
Loyola (Md.) leaves Michigan
coach John Paul and the Wol-
verines at 1-6 approaching the
halfway point of the season.
Despite the loss, Paul was
pleased by the effort from his
"We came in knowing that
this was going to be a really
challenging season, with what
we had coming in, to get wins,"
"And so we didn't make that
our goal. Our goal is to set the
stage for what our program is
going to be."
Michigan jumped out to an
early 1-0 lead, but Loyola, led
by a five-goal performance from
junior Mike Sawyer, quickly
reclaimed control. The Grey-
hounds went on an eight-goal
run after initially trailing.
Loyola led, 8-2, at the half in
Re-energized by an offensive
upsurge in the third quarter, the
Wolverines brought the game
within five goals on a strike by
midfielder Willie Steenland
early in the fourth.
But Loyola's 42 shots - and
two goals coming in 50 seconds
as the clock wound down -
proved overwhelming for Mich-
igan freshman goalkeeper Emil
Loyola certainly dominated
the stat sheet, outclassing the
Wolverines in every major cate-
gory, including faceoffs, ground
balls, turnovers, and an impres-
sive 4-for-4 on man-up opportu-
Michigan has faced a tough
schedule so far this year, com-
prising six consecutive road
games to start the year.
The Wolverines finally had
their first official home game
as a varsity program in front
of a crowd of nearly 500 at the
"It felt good to play in front
of the hometown crowd," said
By LIZ VUKELICH
Daily Sports Writer
Watch senior defenseman
Greg Pateryn during any of his
shifts for the Michigan hockey
team, and your body will wince
every time his 216-pound frame
slams into the boards.
It's not Pateryn you feel bad
for. It's the unfortunate oppo-
nent on the receiving end of one
of his blows.
The defensive corps takes
pride in Pateryn's brute force on
Having smart, puck-moving
defensemen is important - hav-
ing someone who's not scared to
get a little physical is even more
"(Physicality) is one of his
strengths," said Michigan coach
Red Berenson. "He's got that
mentality. Some of the big guys
don't want to play too physical
because they might hurt some-
body. Pateryn isn't that way."
t Not all of the aggressive-
ness comes naturally - to some
degree, the mindset has been
instilled in him through coach-
ing, as Pateryn was taught to be
"the meanest kid on the ice."
"I played for (Michigan State
defenseman) Torey Krug's dad
growing up," Pateryn said. "He
was always a really high-intensi-
ty guy, never took anything from
"(He) put that mentality in
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as a sl
ead." penalty minutes this season -
s aggressiveness is also the second-highest on the team.
i in Pateryn's high school Despite this, Berenson is still
se days, where he played pleased with the self-control
hort-stick defensive mid- Pateryn has exercised.
. Many elements of the Since arriving in Ann Arbor
easily translated over to as a freshman, Pateryn has been
working to find the balance
ing lacrosse, Pateryn not between aggressiveness and
ad the hardest shot - a spending most of the game in
e still holds on the Michi- the sin bin.
ockey squad - but took Some things, such as under-
fs and played man-down standing the appropriate times
e. to hit, have been slowly learned
Berenson recalled that dur-
ing Pateryn's freshman year, he
(Physicality) would fearlessly hit the opposi-
tion at all costs.
is one of his Pateryn is a little calmer now.
But some penalties are inevita-
ngths. He's got ble - he can't control if an oppo-
nent hits the boards awkwardly.
at mentality." And some penalties seem to
have more to do with luck than
"Some penalties come and
ugh Pateryn now leaves go," Pateryn said. "You'll go
fs to the forward corps, through a stretch where it seems
till recognized as one of like every time you hit some-
olverines' most effective one ... you get unlucky, and then
y killers. you won't take a penalty for ten
he can't kill penalties if games or so. They come and go."
the box. Now, he seems to have found a
ere's always a fine line perfect medium.
en playing physical and "You've got to chose your
penalties," Berenson said. spots," Pateryn said. "Make sure
ieed him on the penalty your hands are down all the
's a double-edged sword if time, make sure you're always
s a penalty." moving your feet and don't get
eryn has accumulated 63 caught standing still."
Junior midfielder Thomas Paras scared twice in Michigan's lass ts Loyola.
to be b
Thomas Paras. "It was a firmed that his aim for the
urnout tonight. first few years of the program
been a little different includes building culture and
laying a foundation for the
future of the team.
That culture incorporates
ar goal is to set leadership and success on and
off the field.
stage for what "It's about trying to be excel-
lent in everything we do," Paul
ar program is said.
Sto"It's about wanting to be a
goingt . champion and doing every-
thing you can to be a champion.
That's what we are trying to
on the road for over a The Wolverines square off in
now, but yeah, it felt good an afternoon matchup with Bel-
'ack out here." larmine on Saturday, March 17
I has continuously reaf- at Michigan Stadium.
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