Feb. 16, 2016
The University of Michigan men's lacrosse team inked 13 student-athletes as members of the team's 2015 recruiting class last spring. The recruiting class is the fourth full class in the team's varsity history.
Next up in the class four Q&A series is LSM Peter Mascheroni -- who hails from Larkspur, California, and attended The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey as a postgrad -- and DM Teddy Bettencourt -- who comes from Duxbury, Massachusetts, and attended The Governor's Academy.
On being from the West Coast and what attracted him to Michigan ... "I wanted to attend a big school that was first academically strong and second very spirited. As academics were the true decider in my school search, I wanted to attend a school that was well known all around the country. Michigan's outstanding academic tradition and largest alumni base made it stand out over all other schools. Second to this, the spirit of maize and blue was unlike any other school I had visited. After my first campus visit, where I got to watch the spring football game, I knew there was no other school I was going to attend."
On the process of choosing to attend prep school before coming to Michigan ... "I ultimately decided to attend prep school to get more college options. It was one of the hardest decisions I have made to this date. I am now grateful I decided to take the extra year as it
paid off in the long run."
On what the walk-on process was like ... "To be very honest I was nervous the whole time. Not a second went by where I did not think I might not make the team. Each day was a grind. A true testament to the team I am on today is how supportive everyone was in my pursuit of my goal. People talk about having a family like atmosphere on a team, where everyone has each other's backs but I was an outsider and from the beginning not a single person made it seem that way. I am thankful to be a part of such a special group of guys."
On playing longstick ... "The transition to close defense has been an adjustment. There are a lot of different looks and defensive angles to play from behind the cage but I like the challenge it brings. There is no room for error here; I can see my footwork and technique improving each week that will ultimately make me a better all-around player."
On what he hopes to improve on during his freshman year on the team ... "I want to improve on my lacrosse IQ so I can become a better team defender. Defense is not just a one man job, you need all seven people communicating and working in unison. From the goalie to close defense and especially midfield if there is a breakdown in any position the scoreboard will show this. Being able to know how to react and communicate through breakdowns on defense is what sets good teams apart from great."
On what made him chose Michigan ... "My first time coming onto campus I already knew I wanted to come to Michigan. What stood out most was the school spirit; everywhere you look is filled with maize and blue. Ultimately this school has, in my opinion, everything anybody could want in a school. Between the high academic achievement, extremely competitive athletic programs and the city of Ann Arbor itself, it was a no brainer for me."
On his past football success as a four-year varsity player and captain and what made him decide to follow lacrosse after high school ... "I have always loved the pace of lacrosse, especially at the collegiate level. Quick in-game decisions and the overall speed of the up-and-down game are what drew me to choosing lacrosse. Not playing football this fall was definitely a change but watching games in the Big House is a fair trade off."
On what he hopes to improve on during his freshman year ... "Besides working on my off-hand shooting, something that I am working on improving is my overall knowledge of the game. Another aspect is how to run an effective offense and really understanding how a defense will react to different offensive threats is something I want to understand to use to my advantage on the field."
On what would a successful season be for him ... "A successful season for me would be to win the Big Ten. In terms of personal goals, I hope to get on the field and make an immediate impact with the program here at Michigan."
On what upperclassman/coach has helped him the most adjusting to college lacrosse ... "While PJ Bogle is only a sophomore, his game has taught me a lot just from watching him in practice and the scrimmages. He is extremely fundamentally sound and rarely makes mistakes on the field. Our athletic trainer, Jeremy Marra, has been one of my closest friends this year. While suffering an injury in the fall wasn't my idea of an ideal situation, Jeremy has been by my side the whole time and has not only helped me recover physically but has been pushing me every day to come back stronger than I was the day before. I'm truly grateful for him and the work we've done."