Nov. 5, 2012
In the 11th entry in the question-and-answer series for Class One, the first recruiting class of the U-M men's lacrosse team, Peter Kraus, a New Canaan High School (Conn.) graduate is profiled. Kraus was a three-year varsity lacrosse letter winner and All-FCIAC honorable mention his senior year. His father, Steve Kraus, was an All-American at the University of Virginia (1978-81).
On transitioning from high school to Division I college lacrosse ... "It definitely has been a bit of a change. The speed of the game is a lot faster than high school was, but definitely coming from a league in Connecticut that was pretty well-known it hasn't been too hard."
On how he would describe himself as a lacrosse player ... "Since I am on the smaller side, I would say my best attribute is my quickness. I would also say my vision, feeding, and sometimes being able to pick apart the defense from the sides of attack, is definitely a strength."
On what drew him to the University of Michigan ... "Definitely when I first came here, I hadn't looked at many large schools, but once I came here I really enjoyed the size of it. There are so many opportunities you can take advantage of. Also, all of the traditions of academics and athletics topped it off."
On learning from his dad who played at Virginia ... "Yes, my dad played at Virginia. Ever since I was born, I pretty much have had a lacrosse stick in my hands. My uncle also played so wherever we go in the Kraus family it is pretty much lacrosse being one of the big things. Trying to live up to his hype you could say and trying to carry on the tradition of lacrosse in our family."
On being part of Michigan's first lacrosse recruiting class ... "It is a huge honor to be the first class coming in on the ground floor. That is definitely one of the deciding factors for coming here, knowing that you would be a start to the program; and that you would be seen as the beginning.
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