Jan. 15, 2013
In the 19th question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Chase Brown, a longstick midfielder from the Severn School (Severna Park, Md.) is profiled. Brown was a three-year letterwinner and team captain in football, as well as lacrosse, playing for one of the top teams in the state of Maryland.
On transitioning from high school to Division I lacrosse ... "You always think about lacrosse in college, as compared to high school you think about it sometimes and then can think about school and what not. In college you're always thinking about it. Also waking up at 5 a.m. was really the biggest thing for me."
What drew him to Michigan the most ... "Going to Michigan you will have good academics to set you up for the future. Being a part of class one is awesome, being a part of a tradition that's going to last a lifetime. The tradition here at Michigan, you see it from football, and coming to a huge football school is awesome, I love it."
On being part of Michigan's first lacrosse recruiting class ... "The tradition here; you always hear about Team 1, Team 2, Team 133 for football. Being a part of Class One, you know that's going to be a legacy, you know everyone is going to hear about Class One and that's very special to me."
How playing in Maryland for a storied Severn program prepares him for Division I lacrosse ... "We were considered to be in the best league in MIAA in the country, which helped with the transition from high school to college. The pace is definitely a lot faster. We would always have a very tough schedule throughout the year, so I think that helped me through the transition."
His preference between close defense and longstick midfielder? ... "Yeah, long stick. I actually like it a lot better, especially the transition game that you can be involved in. You don't really get that aspect of the game playing close, and also with faceoffs, being on the wing. Having the opportunity with ground balls or when the game comes down to the end or overtime -- just getting that possession is a huge part of the game."
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