March 12, 2013
Senior Rob Healy scribes the fifth installment 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 everyone, my name is Rob Healy, I'm a senior captain and close defenseman on Team Two. I'm writing this just after our team's long road stretch during spring break and game against Hobart. We have been traveling extensively lately and cannot wait to come back to Ann Arbor and the Big House after these next two road games. During our spring break, the team was lucky enough to spend time in Sun Life Stadium, and dress in the Miami Dolphins locker room during our stay there. After the beautiful weather, we traveled to High Point University in North Carolina and into some very cold and very windy conditions. During our long days together on the bus rides, senior midfielder Zachary Dauch entertained us with inspirational stories and song lyrics (usually always including the name John in honor of senior captain J.D. Johnson) and the discovery of new iPhone apps, mostly Tinder.
The Hobart game this past Saturday was some of the best lacrosse we have played yet, despite missing some key components to our team. I was extremely proud of the way many players stepped up and met the challenge with optimism. I'm looking forward to some very strong lacrosse coming up toward this home stretch.
This week we have two very important games to end the traveling. ECAC power, Fairfield, provides us with a conference game and a chance to impress against a strong Stags team that is nationally regarded. Each conference game holds an opportunity to not only get a win, but inch closer to the end of the year conference tournament, something our team has aspirations to attend. Then one of the highlights of the entire year will happen in our game at Citi Field, against Colgate. Reigning Tewaaraton winner Peter Baum and the potent offense of the Raiders will meet our much-improved Michigan defense. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU on Sunday (March 17).
I continue to look forward to home games against Ohio State and Detroit. After the spring football game, Ohio State will enter the Big House in an extremely hostile atmosphere, as many of the football fans stay to watch "The Battle at the Big House." Then, four days later on April 17, we host the University of Detroit in a night game, played under the lights at Michigan Stadium. In that game, six players from my high school, Notre Dame Prep, will be playing for bragging rights in the state of Michigan.
With the season almost half done, I'm looking forward to cutting my long hair for charity. It has been 22 months since my last significant haircut, and shortly after this road swing is over I plan on working up the courage to chop eight inches off and donate it to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, an organization partnered with the American Cancer Society that provides wigs to women at zero cost who have lost hair due to battling cancer. Of course, it would be irresponsible of me to not chop it off in two phases and join Thomas Paras and Kyle Jackson with a beautiful mullet. Of course, grad school interviews will dictate when the mullet has to go, as next year I plan on working towards my master's degree in biological sciences, a stepping stone to medical school.
Thanks to everyone for reading this player blog. Hope to see many of you at our home games coming up.