Oct. 31, 2013
Senior forward Michelle Roberts has been a four-year mainstay in the Wolverine lineup, appearing in 80 games over her career and accumulating 11 career goals and eight assists. She has started all 17 games this season on the U-M forward line. With Senior Day looming, Michelle took some time before practice to talk about the final regular-season weekend, the recent trip to California and a Halloween-themed bus trip.
Q: What is your attitude heading into the final regular-season weekend? Senior Day is coming up. Have you processed that?
A: I'm very excited but also very nostalgic. We've got two big games against Penn State and Indiana, and I'm really pumped for those games. But at the same time, it's bittersweet. I never thought this weekend would come. I feel like the last four years have flown by and this season has gone even faster. I've been playing field hockey since I was four years old, and I can't believe that it will be over soon. I honored to have been a part of this program for the last four years. I don't want it to end. So, I'm just going to cherish this time with my coaches and teammates that I've been lucky to have.
Q: Is it hard to avoid distractions with a big weekend like this?
A: We're used to distractions. We have the Big House right next door. I don't even think it's distracting for us; I think it pumps us up more. We love ending the regular season at home. We play great on our field. We love having the fan support. We're so excited to play that I don't think it really messes up our focus. It's a big weekend, and I think we're ready to play.
Q: How was the trip to California?
A: It was a good trip. We all got a chance to explore San Francisco, which was an awesome experience. On the field, it didn't go exactly as we wanted, but we took away some good lessons. Stanford has a great team, and that game was a hard-fought battle. We learned a lot from that game. We were able to put some goals in off of corners against Pacific, which was important for our confidence heading into this week, Big Tens and hopefully NCAAs.
Q: Does the time continue to try new things -- with positions, corners -- this late in the season? I'm assuming it's never too late to tinker with things.
A: I think you're always changing and learning more about your team. No matter what point it is in the season. We like to keep it interesting and fresh, so you never know what we're going to throw at you.
Q: What's your plan for Halloween?
A: I haven't quite decided what I'm going to be yet. Last year we dressed up for our bus trip to Iowa. Most people stayed in their costumes the whole way. The freshmen were in Kiss costumes, so they had the makeup and everything. We stopped for lunch halfway there, and they were trying to scrub it off and they could not get it off their faces. That was really funny.
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