Jan. 31, 2013
Redshirt freshman David Joseph blogs in the third entry of Team Two Tales, a periodic player blog that will chronicle the 2013 men's lacrosse season. Members of Team Two will give fans an inside look into the program leading up to, during, and following the 2013 season.
Welcome back Michigan fans to the third installment of Team Two Tales. My name is David Joseph and I am a redshirt freshman midfielder here at the University of Michigan.
The team is becoming more excited every day as we approach the start of the 2013 season. The work we have done on the field and in the weight room will soon be put to use and we are excited to see our hard work pay off.
We open the season with two scrimmages on Feb. 2 against Marquette and Denison. Both our offense and defense are eager to compete against an opponent outside of each other. We know both Marquette and Denison will be talented opponents and we are not going into these games lightly. We hope the scrimmages will give us a good gauge of where we are as a team and also give us things to improve upon. We are lucky to host Marquette and Denison indoors at Oosterbaan Field House at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
The mental mindset we have going into this season is much different than last year. Now that we have a full year of Division I lacrosse under our belts, we come into this season not timid, but with confidence, and an eagerness to prove ourselves. One of our main goals this year is to prove we can compete at an elite Division I level. Our schedule is full of tough competition such as John Hopkins, Denver, and defending national champions Loyola. We will come into each of these games with a confident mindset and a strong belief that we can pull off a victory. We also plan on continuing to establish an elite Division I culture. Any program will agree that before a team can truly be successful on the field, the culture around that team must be strong at all times off the field. We strive every day to create an elite culture that has become synonyms with the University of Michigan.
Missing the entire season last year due to an injury was a very challenging experience for me. As a redshirt freshman, this will be my first year competing in regular-season games for U-M, and to say I am excited would be huge understatement. The adversity I faced last year when I suffered my injury has made me a stronger player both mentally and physically. I hope to contribute to the overall success of the program in any way possible this year.
Although the fall and winter seem to have flown by, the work and preparation that has been accomplished up until now has be extremely important. The start of the 2013 season brings about a new sense of motivation and opportunity for our program as a whole, and creates excitement for fans across the nation. The support we receive every year is always overwhelming, and very much appreciated by everyone involved in Michigan Athletics here in Ann Arbor.
Thank you all for reading my update. Watch for more to come from the other members of Team Two as we begin our season. Go Blue!
- #1 David Joseph