Oct. 18, 2012
In the eighth entry in the question and answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Paxton Moore, is profiled. Moore, a Haverford High School (Pa.) graduate, was on the school's national championship team his junior year and was selected first team all-league his senior year.
On transitioning from an elite high school team to Division I college lacrosse ... "It was definitely tough getting acclimated to the speed of college lacrosse. I came from a pretty good program in high school so the type of players I'm playing with now are similar to those that I played with in high school. But the speed of the game and the size of the players has definitely been a huge transition."
On what type of lacrosse player you would describe yourself ... "I am a bit undersized for a defensemen, but I kind of make that up with my speed. I think that is what got me here. I have a pretty good stick. I guess speed and skill is probably the type of player I am."
On being part of Michigan's first lacrosse recruiting class ... "Being a part of class one is awesome. It is an awesome opportunity to have. Every one of us -- all the other 19 guys in the class -- we are so excited to be a part of this. I remember when I came out here and visited and got the offer. I was excited to be a part of the tradition at Michigan."
On playing for defensive assistant coach Ken Broschart ... "The defensive system that I used in high school is totally different than what we are using in college. The first week was definitely a struggle to get adjusted to it, but I totally see where coach Broschart is coming in with this defensive system. I like that he has a lot of different slide packages in each defensive scheme. High school was very simple and college is very complex, and I definitely think that is something that offenses will struggle with."
On how playing at Haverford prepared him for the next level ... "I got to go against some of the best every day in high school. When I was a junior, we had seven or eight All-Americans and twenty-some Division I recruits on the team. Every position had so much talent that when you go against that in practice it just gets you better each and every day. Being able to play against people who are going to every ACC school and every Ivy League school, it just develops you and makes you a better player."
On what he is most looking forward to this season ... "Definitely seeing how we match up against all the other Division I programs, as well as being able to see different players from different teams that I went to high school with or played against in high school. Just other teams, like Loyola (Md.) -- I have a couple of friends on that team. I am excited to be able to see all of my friends play and to talk to them."