Class One Q&A: Sam Martorella
Sam Martorella

Jan. 16, 2013

In the 20th question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Sam Martorella, a defensive midfielder from G.W. Hewlett High School in Hewlett, N.Y., is profiled. A four-year letterwinner in lacrosse, he was captain of the Hewlett lacrosse and football squads as a senior, and he was also an all-county performer on the gridiron as a junior and senior.

On the transition from high school to Division I Lacrosse ... "I think the transition is pretty tough because I'm not from such a big powerhouse high school. I think the coaching I got from high school was pretty good, and that geared me up for knowing what I'm going to be in for. Tempo and speed are just a big difference."

What drew you to Michigan the most ..."The tradition that Michigan has is so rich, and to be a part of that is something very special that I take to heart. The academics are a big thing that drew me here as well."

On being a part of the first recruiting class ... "Being a part of Class One is very special, and it's a pretty big honor to be a part of. At Michigan there is such a big tradition, and we are all starting a new tradition, which is really special."

In high school did you consider yourself as more of a football or lacrosse player ... "I considered myself as both, but I definitely love lacrosse more. I knew that I had a better chance of playing lacrosse in college."

How does being a good football player translate into being a good lacrosse player ... "I think the love for competition and the athleticism that football requires. In some way, lacrosse and football are the same, and especially for me being a defensive midfielder, it's mostly about athleticism, running up and down the field, being able to mark up opposing players, and use your vision."

Describe yourself as a player ... "I played offensive midfield in high school, so it was a big change for me, but in high school, my coach always said to me that I was probably going to be switched to defensive midfield, so I knew that switch was going to come sometime. I love defense now, and it's a lot of fun. I really embrace the position, and I love what I'm doing and have grown into it."

Past Player Q&As
Chase Brown
Brendan Riefberg
Riley Kennedy
Cooper Charlton
Mike D'Alessio
Chris Walker
Graham Conlan
Josh Stauffer
Peter Kraus
Mike Hernandez
Charlie Keady
Paxton Moore
Matt Graham
Dan Kinek
Brendan Gaughan
Gerald Logan
Brad Lott
Kyle Jackson
Will Perkins

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