Feb. 13, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's lacrosse head coach John Paul has announced that graduate student Thomas Paras (Lakewood, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and senior Jeff Chu (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) have been chosen as captains to lead the 2014 Wolverine program. Paras earns the distinction for the third time in his career, while Chu earns the honor for the first time in his career.
"Thomas and Jeff have emerged as great leaders for this team, both on and off the field," said Michigan head coach John Paul. "It has become apparent that they have earned this honor and responsibility. They are respected by their teammates, coaches and everyone who comes into contact with them. I'm proud to name them as captains of Team Three."
Paras, who was No. 2 on the squad last year in goals (13), has played in 27 games in his Michigan career and has chipped in 43 points (30g, 13a) as a midfielder. Following his senior season, he was accepted into the Ross School of Business after earning a sport management degree in the spring of 2013 and will play out his final season of eligibility this season for the Maize and Blue.
Chu, who was named the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship, 'FIST' and the Weight Room Warrior Award recipient in 2013, enters his senior season having played 27 games in his career as a defensive midfielder. He has also played a major role in the team's community service efforts in the team's three seasons as a varsity program, and he was a major part of the team winning U-M's Rachel Townsend Award in 2013, which is awarded to the team that compiles the most community services hours.
The Wolverines open their 2014 home schedule Friday (Feb. 14) as the squad plays host to the Mercer Bears. Face-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Oosterbaan Field House.