King and Paras Lead Michigan Over Furman, 11-9

from press release

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team had three goals apiece from freshman Ian King (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and senior Thomas Paras(Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) to go along with 10 saves from freshman Robbie Zonino(Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) as the Wolverines defeated Furman, 11-9, on Saturday (March 8) at Furman's Paladin Stadium.

U-M fell behind early, trailing 2-0 just 3:02 into the first quarter. The Wolverines then went on a 3-0 run to end the frame, keyed by goals from King at 8:03, the first career goal for junior Mack Gembis (Birmingham, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) at 7:45, and a hands-free rip from Paras in the left wing at 4:48.

The two sides traded goals in the second before sophomore Dan Kinek (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus) beat Furman's Jake Gavin to give U-M a 5-4 lead with 11:06 to go in the second. The teams exchanged goals again to bring the score to 6-6 at the half.

U-M scored the first three goals of the second half, beginning with King on a feed from junior David McCormack (Terrace Park, Ohio/Mariemont), followed by the second score of the day from sophomore Mike Hernandez (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) at 10:30. King added his third of the day at at 5:56 to give the Maize & Blue a 9-6 lead.

A Zach Coker score brought Furman within two, 9-7, with 2:05 left in the third.

After U-M successfully killed off a man-down to start the fourth, Paras notched his third of the day at 13:13 with a righty bounce-shot to stretch the lead to 10-7.

Sophomore Peter Kraus (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) gave U-M its biggest lead of the game with 6:47 left, as he took a feed from Paras for an inside finish to stretch the advantage to 11-7.

Following the Kraus score, Furman rattled off two goals to pull within two before time expired.

Zonino made 10 saves in cage, while sophomore Chris Walker (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

U-M opens ECAC play on Saturday (March 15) in Louisville, Ky., taking on the Bellarmine Knights at 1 p.m.

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