Jan. 7, 2013
In the 18th question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, profiles Brendan Riefberg, a close defender from Roxbury High School in Morris County, N.J. Riefberg was Roxbury's team captain and collected all-state second team honors as a senior.
On transitioning from high school to Division I lacrosse ... "The speed of the game is a lot faster, adjusting to the new rules, and coming from a smaller high school -- everything is different. In high school there's not as much commitment, not as much pride in the lacrosse program. "
What drew you to Michigan the most ... "As far as academics, they are unparalleled. As far as the program, coming here and being a part of Class One, a chance to be a part of history -- there's nothing like that at any other school in the country."
On being part of the first recruiting class ... "Just making history and being a part of history with these other guys in my class. Being the first one, no one else will be able to say that, and having life-long friends from it."
You were quarterback on the football team at Roxbury High, does that help you at all on the lacrosse field? ... "With leadership for sure. You learn to be calm in tough situations. When everybody else seems to be panicking, you stay calm and keep everyone else calm. As a quarterback, everybody looks to you on the field when times get tough, and I think that transitions greatly into lacrosse as well."
What is your strength as D-pole ... "My speed and overall knowledge of the game. I've played every position in high school and I think that helps me play defense and really read my attack men and always be one step ahead of them. As far as speed goes, for a big guy, I consider myself kind of fast and that helps in transition play and moving the ball down the field as well."
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