Class Three, An Inside Look: Will Reynolds & Patrick Tracy
Jan. 15, 2015

The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team inked 14 student-athletes as members of the team's 2014 recruiting class last spring, and the group was ranked as the No. 19 recruiting class in the country by Inside Lacrosse.

MGoBlue.com wraps up coverage of the 2015 freshman class with attackman Will Reynolds and midfielder Patrick Tracy.

Will Reynolds • Attackman • Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand

On what would constitute a successful season ... For the team, I believe that having a winning record this season will be considered a success as a fourth-year program. As an underdog in a new and competitive conference, those games will be the toughest and the most important. But, I think that this is the year we can make some noise in the Big Ten.

On the freshman class ... It is a talented, athletic class and I consider myself lucky to be a part of it. All the freshmen are great guys and we have all become close friends very quickly. I believe we have a strong chemistry.

On his playing style ... Most of my experience has been at the X or the righty attack spot, but I like to dodge and distribute from up top as a midfielder as well. I learn something new every day playing midfield at this level.

How did prep school prepare you for college lacrosse thus far ... Choate's coaches helped improve my lacrosse IQ. I found that playing in the Founders League for a year gave me more exposure to Division I level defenders than I had ever seen before. I believe it prepared me well for collegiate competition.

On how playing football helps with lacrosse ... Playing football your whole life develops strong instincts for the ball. It is the same concept in lacrosse because if you know where the ball is going to be a in a couple of seconds, you will be able to put yourself in a position to make a play.

Patrick Tracy • Midfield • Ross, Calif./Redwood

On what would constitute a successful season... I think a successful season as a team would mean a winning record and ideally making the Big Ten Tournament. On top of that, I would hope to beat Ohio State and make an impact on the team whatever way I can.

On the freshman class ... I think we have a lot of hard working guys, and the sky is the limit as to what we can accomplish as a group. I love the rest of the class on and off the field, as we have great chemistry amongst ourselves and are all good friends.

On his playing style ... I'm a smaller and quicker guy, so I like to use that to my advantage on the field and run at defenders trying to make them change direction and hopefully gain a step to get my hands free to pass or shoot. I like to attack and be aggressive while trying to ride hard to get the ball back on offense.

On what he is looking forward to ... I'm just looking forward to playing with the best of the best. Competing in the Big Ten, playing top schools, and playing to win. We have a great team and coaching staff, so it is exciting to be a part of something new and being a member of Team Four.

On California lacrosse... It is really growing, and I think it is bound to be the next big hotbed for college recruits. Hopefully, not before long, more Division I schools begin to pick up the sport to accommodate the rise in talent. I know on this team we have five kinds from the state alone which is great and hopefully that trend will continue at top lacrosse schools.

One playing with and growing up with fellow freshman Liam Bourke ... I've been lucky to spend pretty much my entire lacrosse career with him. We both started in 3rd grade on the same club team and have been playing together ever since. We have great chemistry, and even though we play different positions, we find ways to push each other and make one another better.

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