Feb. 25, 2013
Freshman Peter Kraus blogs in the fourth 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.
Hello Wolverine fans. Welcome to the sixth edition of Team Two Tales. My name is Peter Kraus and I am a freshman attackman for the Maize & Blue.
This past weekend we were fortunate enough to play Johns Hopkins at the historic Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md. Playing Johns Hopkins was a great experience in itself, and being a freshman, it was the first time I got to play on that kind of stage, the competition -- and even the fact that it was televised on ESPNU. Along with getting a chance to play Johns Hopkins it was a great experience playing on Homewood Field, one of the most iconic lacrosse stadiums in the country. Although we suffered a loss we were able to see where we still needed to grow as a team. We were also able to see ourselves grow during the game, from quarter to quarter. After a tough first half, where we couldn't really get anything going, we came out in the second half, settled down and started to find a way to control tempo on the offensive side to try to give our defense as much of a break as possible. Even though it was a loss, it was another great learning experience for our team. After the game it was a key point by the coaching staff to not have us hang our heads. We need to learn from it, and keep moving forward for our next stretch of games.
Late Saturday, we traveled back and are now in snowy Ann Arbor. We have a short week before we hit the road again for our spring break trip. From one of the most historic lacrosse stadiums last weekend to a new NFL stadium this weekend. It is finally time for our trip to play Army in beautiful Miami, Fla. Everyone is extremely excited to travel down to Miami to finally play some lacrosse in warm weather. Although it's not MetLife Stadium (aka New Giants Stadium), home of the New York Giants (my favorite NFL team), it has always been one of my dreams to get to play in a NFL stadium. Getting to play were the Miami Dolphins play (Sun Life Stadium) every Sunday is going to be a great experience, and something I know every guy on the team is looking forward to.
After taking on the Black Knights, we will complete the second and third spring break trip games at High Point and Hobart. It is then time to travel back to my neck of the woods to play Fairfield and Colgate. With Fairfield only being 20 minutes from my hometown, it will be awesome to get to play in front of my family and friends. Directly after that, we get the honor to play in another professional stadium, Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, for our final game of the road stretch.
Knowing that it's a short week before we leave for Miami, one of our main focuses for practices will be attention to detail. From small details on groundballs, to shooting the scout on the goalie, this week is key for us to grow as a team and program -- and to move in the right direction to have a successful season this year.
Thank you very much for reading my edition of Team Two Tales. Be sure to stay tuned for the next installment by a fellow Michigan lacrosse player.
#6 Peter Kraus
Previous Team Two Tales
Zachary Dauch (Feb. 21)
David Joseph (Jan. 31)
Sean Sutton (Jan. 14)
Jeff Chu (Dec. 10)