Dec. 10, 2012
Junior midfielder Jeff Chu opens up with the first 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.
Hey Michigan lacrosse fans! Jeff Chu signing on for the first installment of the Team Two Tales, an inside look at the University of Michigan men's lacrosse team.
I am writing to you now in the height of one of the most dreaded weeks for students everywhere: finals week. It's time for all of us on the team to shift gears for a moment to take care of our studies as we finish out our classes for the semester.It's hard to believe we are wrapping the first half of our year already, but what a great semester it has been.
As the semester is winding down in the classroom, our fall training season is coming to a close as well. In our final week of training with our strength and conditioning staff, we had the opportunity to do some fitness testing. I must say in all my time here, I've never seen all the guys be so loud and pumped up in the weight room as it has been the past few weeks, especially during our max-out testing days. Our head strength and condition coach, Bo Sandoval, has really lit a fire under us and is helping us make great strides as we prepare to head into the season. I think I have to give a shout out to David Joseph, a smaller guy like myself, who crushed his squat test by putting up 405 pounds. Numerous guys set some personal bests and it has been great to finally see the rewards of our training this fall.
We've definitely got a lot to look forward to heading into our second season as a varsity program. We've made a lot of strides on both the defensive and offensive side of the field, as well as at the faceoff X. Many of these strides have been accelerated by the many new faces we have welcomed to the Michigan Lacrosse family this past fall. One of the biggest additions has been our new offensive coordinator, Ryan Danehy. Coach Danehy has brought great passion, enthusiasm and desire to win to our program. It's been awesome to play under him and draw inspiration from his energy. We are all confident that this year's offense will pack a punch.
Some of the other new faces in Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, our home here in Ann Arbor, include the addition of 21 freshmen and three transfers. It has been great welcoming Class One to the team. It is really exciting to see the talent, speed and depth that these young guys bring to our program. They have all done a fantastic job working to adjust to life as a Division I athlete as well as balancing the rigors of academics at U-M. I am very excited for all of them to suit up in February and put on the winged helmet for the first time.
The new guys have really been a great addition to the competitions in practices. At the faceoff X, Brad Lott and Kevin Wylie have had some great battles. After graduating faceoff specialist and senior leader Brian Greiner from last season, Lott and Wylie have done a great job stepping up, and I think they will find success in the coming season. Likewise, junior transfer Thomas Sardelli has had a great fall season in his first semester at Michigan. Sardelli's size, speed and experience really add to our depth at the midfield. I look forward to seeing him and all the new freshmen contributing in the coming months.
Though lacrosse has officially ended now for the first semester, it is definitely still on our minds. We can't wait to come back after the winter break and start off our season. We will all be training over break and preparing to come back to Ann Arbor ready to hit the ground running. Unfortunately, for most of us, the next hurdle to get over is finals week.
That's all for now, but be sure to keep an eye out for more updates and installments of the Team Two Tales from some of my teammates. Go Blue!
- Jeff Chu #19
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