Under the Arch: New Buckets, Fresh Cuts & Game Week!
Brian Archer (L) and Chase Brown

Jan. 30, 2014

Welcome back Wolverines to the next edition of Under the Arch! It's January and you know what that means ... Lacrosse season is finally here! Lots of stuff has been happening so let's bring you up to speed.

The month of January has mainly been geared at getting the team ready for the upcoming season.

It's a pretty important time of the year but it can also be one of the toughest seeing as we don't match up against a team in a different jersey until our scrimmage against Marquette this Saturday (Feb. 1). However, the month of grueling work will definitely all be worth it when we're ready to go once the season arrives.

Regardless of how tough things get, the men of Michigan Lacrosse are always able to find the positives. Coach Paul surprised us this past week and informed us that we'll be getting new helmets for the season. This is due to a new policy the University of Michigan is implementing that basically allows the athlete to choose whichever helmet fits them best in an effort to reduce concussions. Really, all you need to take from this -- is that we will have the best-looking buckets on this side of the Rio Grande.

This past weekend we were fortunate enough to have our buddy, Miles Root, and his family come to practice (who we inaugurated as part of our team this past fall). Thanks to Jason Rubinstein of the Michigan Daily for coming out, check out his piece on the event:

» Players shave their heads for team's newest member, 9-year-old Miles Root

Through the Vs. Cancer Foundation, and in an effort to support Miles, we shaved our heads after practice on Saturday. This was one of the most rewarding things we have ever done as a team and it was special sharing it with Miles and his family.

On a side and less serious note, winter hats have become a critical accessory. This applies to Ian King in particular, who thankfully already has a girlfriend, because his shaved head has already earned him several cone-related nicknames. Also on that note, there's a strict "no more than two exposed heads per table" rule when eating in the dining halls otherwise people start to assume there's some sort of gang affiliation.

This Saturday, we have Marquette and Denison at home in Oosterbaan Field House. Guys are excited and focused on the week ahead and that's all that's on our minds. I've also heard rumors Coach Martin has already started sending out the "Game Week" selfies on Snapchat. His game day duck face is infamous, as I caught him taking one in Devin Gardner's locker when we had our intrasquad scrimmage in the fall.

Our game versus the Golden Eagles is at 1 p.m., and admission is free. It is hard to beat free lacrosse.

Get out there Saturday and Goooooo Blue!

-- Brian Archer

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