Feb. 6, 2013
Members of Team Two will give fans an inside look into the program leading up to, during, and following the 2013 season.
Welcome fans to the fourth installment of Team Two Tales. My name is Will Meter, and I am currently in my second season as an attackman for the Michigan men's lacrosse team.
The semester is starting to pick up, and I am happy to say that game week is finally here. Over this past weekend we competed in two scrimmages against Marquette and Denison. Along with picking up a couple of wins, we learned a lot of lessons from these two competitions. Not only have we established the various areas that we need to improve on in order to be successful this season, but also some of our younger players were able to gain some much-needed experience at the Division I level. We didn't have much time to enjoy the results as we were already breaking down the film as early as Monday.
Speaking of Monday, this marked the date of the 14th annual Mock Rock fundraiser. This is an event put on by student-athletes in order to raise money for Mott's Children's hospital amongst other charities. There was a lot of buzz around this year's event as Jalen Rose, the famous member of the Fab Five, was slated to be the master of ceremonies. This year our freshmen and transfers performed a Tarzan skit, which delivered extremely high scores. However, I think most people will agree that it didn't come close to matching up with the freshmen's dance from last year.
Tuesday was another action packed day as we started our preparations for Penn State. Prior to practice, we were blessed to have former U-M football coach Jerry Hanlon speak to the team. He shared some extremely valuable stories about former players who were true leaders and emphasized the team. It was an awesome way to start our practice week, and that showed on the field in our "work" day.
By Wednesday, we will have most of our scout ready to go and we will turn our focus towards Penn State. This is easily one of the most important weeks of our season. On Saturday we welcome No. 15-ranked Penn State into Oosterbaan Field House, but this game means so much more than any other game.
Last season, coach Paul, coach Tambroni of Penn State, and coach Myers of Ohio State created the Creator's Trophy. Since we are the first three Big Ten schools to field Division I lacrosse teams, the coaches decided that this competition would highlight the rivalry between the programs. The team that wins both of their Creator's Trophy games will be that year's winner. Penn State is the current holder of the trophy.
I hope that you all enjoyed reading my update, and hope you will be able to see us kick off our season against Penn State at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Oosterbaan Field House. Go Blue!
Will Meter #45