March 21, 2013
Dakota Sherman scribes the sixth 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.
What's up fans? My name is Dakota Sherman and I am a junior long-stick midfielder from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. My teammates and I have just returned from a five-day trip that consisted of two games and three different states. We first traveled to Fairfield, Conn., where we lost a close game to a really strong Fairfield team. We did not have too much time to dwell on the loss, as we had a game only three days later against Colgate in beautiful Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
Even though our team has been struggling to get a win, the improvement that we saw on this trip was phenomenal. The last few weeks our team has focused on the details and is trying to make a few more small plays to help us win the game. For example, our faceoff improvement has been huge, as we dominated the X against Colgate and were able to go 50 percent against Fairfield. This was a major issue for us early in the season, but the improvement is a testament to the resiliency of guys like Brad Lott, Dan Kinek and Chase Brown. Another thing we focused on was clearing. Usually our team wants to clear around 85 percent but on Sunday we were perfect. In my three years here at Michigan, I've never seen such a solid performance. Rob Healy and Gerald Logan did a fantastic job at valuing the ball and not giving Colgate any second chances.
Playing in Citi Field was one of the most amazing lacrosse experiences of my life. On Saturday, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the facility and everyone was blown away. This was an experience unlike any other, as the game was partially played on the infield dirt. In addition to this we were lucky enough to dress in the Mets locker room, which was flawless. The team actually shared the locker room with the Navy men's lacrosse team for about twenty minutes, as they had the early game of the day. The staff at Citi Field were gratuitous host, and did everything they could to make our team as comfortable as possible.
While the team was in New York we were able to have a few special events around the city. First, the entire team went to the 9/11 Memorial. While there, we had multiple tour guides discussing the future plans and projects, which really made the event special. The guides gave us the ability to find any name listed on the memorial and teammate Sam Martorella was able to find a fallen friend of his. Overall the experience was quite humbling and one that I will truly cherish.
In addition to memorial visit, the university was able to set up some networking opportunities. We had the option of going to Connecticut and getting a tour of NBC sports or to head into the city and visit a financial office. From what was discussed both visits were extremely engaging and helped players get a sense of what the job market in these fields is really like. Having an opportunity like this is one of the many positives of attending a place like Michigan with such a strong and supportive alumni base.
New York was an awesome trip but it is great to finally be back in Michigan. Playing seven road games in a row brought our team closer together, but everyone is excited to get after it this weekend in the Big House. It should be a really exciting game, as almost half of our team will get to experience the stadium for the first time. Playing in the Big House is truly an honor and I can't wait to get back on our home field.
See you Saturday at 3 p.m.