Feb. 5, 2014
Throughout U-M's inaugural 2014 women's lacrosse season, freshman defender Regan Anderson will give Wolverine fans and inside look into the program and life as first-year collegiate student-athletes.
The truth is I had no idea that my first video (YouTube) would get more than 1,800 views and after that I felt I needed to give the people more of what they wanted ... Team One.
I failed to properly introduce myself earlier so here is a little about me. I'm from Orange County Southern California -- also referred to as "SoCal" or "Cali" by anyone who doesn't actually live there. No, I don't personally know anyone from The Hills or The OC, and no I didn't skip school to surf (except this one time when the waves were gnarly bro). I am addicted to the television show Friday Night Lights, repaint my nails every other day, and I stay up late watching ridiculous vines. I play defense and recently a little bit of midfield too. Okay that's pretty much everything you need to know about me ... Sorry to disappoint but I'm not as charming, humorous, or as good-looking as Cole McConnell or Brian Archer so don't get your hopes up.
It's crazy to think we already have a full semester of college under our belts. The holiday break was much needed for everyone. It was a good time to regenerate, spend time with our families, and for a few of us soak up some sun. Several people even reported my Instagram photos after I posted too many pictures at the beach (shameless plug: follow me on Instagram and Twitter @reganela_xx). Now were back in chilly Artic Tundra ... I mean Ann Arbor ... and that means back to the grind that is balancing being a student-athlete at one of the most competitive universities in the country. We've been working out some kinks as a team and trying to find our rhythm on the field and in the classroom again as we start back up and prepare for our first season. Our schedule is tough with several top ranked teams, but we're excited for some stiff competition, starting this weekend scrimmaging Notre Dame to kick off the journey.
One of the biggest events so far has been the reveal of our new uniforms which all of us love and are so excited to play in in just a few weeks when we hit the turf for our season opener at Villanova. After 27 girls posted several "mirror pics" in our new unis on every social media site, the whole country was well informed that we had indeed gotten new uniforms. Then we got to put our uniforms back on for team pictures a few weeks ago. The only quote that can sum up that experience is from the great Ricky Bobby, "I'm not sure what to do with my hands."
More learning is happening this winter off the field, too. We learned from Anna Schueler and Kim Coughlan that a ski mask is a necessity if you want to get to lifting at 7 a.m. I also had to Google "how to walk on ice" after taking a huge spill and getting several minutes of hang time. Turns out nose over toes is the proper technique for more than just running backwards and thanks to Coach Jackson, our strength and conditioning coach, our form is now impeccable. We learned that Kelly Schlansker is making progress at pronouncing the word 'breakfast' and she is also very knowledgeable when it comes to Michigan men's basketball because, according to her, "Spike Albrecht is AT LEAST 5-12." We learned that training table is the best meal of the day, every day and Margaret Metzger refers to it as, "like a date with all my best friends every night." And finally, we are still learning what a privilege it is to wear the block M on our chest's every day and represent Michigan as the first-ever women's lacrosse team.
On a completely unrelated note, the "elf yourself" video I made of the coaches, as a product of many hours of procrastination during finals week last semester, still hasn't leaked on the internet, which frankly I'm shocked about, but maybe it'll get out soon.
This concludes my first blog -- a new video is in the works so stay tuned. Go Blue!