Regan: On the Record -- Not so Sunny Florida, Bonding, Dangerous Shots
Team huddle before taking the field at Florida.

March 19, 2014

Throughout U-M's inaugural 2014 women's lacrosse season, freshman defender Regan Anderson will give Wolverine fans an inside look into the program and life as first-year collegiate student-athletes. In this edition of Regan: On the Record, she'll also provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Wolverines off the field in her latest video masterpiece.

Well Florida wasn't as sunny as any of us wished it would be and the rain all week definitely prevented us from getting the natural sun kissed glow we were all hoping to bring back to Ann Arbor. But the weather wasn't the only hiccup we had over spring break. We left Sophie duPhily at the restaurant and had to go back to get her, everyone ate Kim Coughlan's pretzels while she was asleep on the bus to Gainesville, and possibly the biggest disappointment on the trip was not running into Tim Tebow on our tour of Florida's football stadium. However, the sun did decide to come out at the end of our trip on our last day, just in time for our return to Ann Arbor ... we returned to classes on Monday rocking some fresh goggle tans.

We've also made up quite a few nicknames for various people since I last blogged.

Allison Silber is Silberado because she's "built tough". Amanda Sutor is Sutsy or Sustypoo and honestly I don't know where that came from. Best dancer on the team goes to Allie Breitfeller who choreographed our Mock Rock routine by filming a video of herself doing the dance and sent it to everyone to practice, which we are keeping in a time capsule until our senior year. Emma Guarino is hands down the best storyteller on the team and she had everyone on the floor of the bus laughing in Gainesville with her true story about, "that one time in science class ..."

Aside from all the bonding, we didn't forget the main reason we went to Florida -- to compete. We look at UF as our big sister program, who paved a way for us, starting, like we did, from the ground up. We see the progress and growth they made over the past few years and we are working everyday just like they are with the goal of creating a championship culture. Before the game, Coach U looked each one of us in the eyes and recalled a time when she sat in that Florida locker room just a few feet away five years ago and watched as their first team built a foundation for that program. The game was a huge wakeup call for all of us, but it was also a pivotal turning point for our team as a whole. We are excited to get out this week for even more tough conference play, and hopefully the Michigan weather will cooperate and let us play in the Big House tomorrow night under the lights!

On a side note, the count for the number of times I've been hit in the face by one of Tess Korten's shots this spring is now at two, and we're not even halfway through the season. If you didn't know she has one of the most deadly shots on our team ... fast and debatably accurate if you think she's aiming to hit me. I don't mind -- I had a swollen cheekbone for a few days, but she bought me a Starbucks because she felt bad, which instantly made the swelling go down. Props to her for also knowing vanilla chai tea lattes are my favorite. Thanks Tess, I'll gladly take another shot to the face anytime.

This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look as we embark on the journey of our first season. It takes you through the airport with the team, inside the locker room pregame, and shows you how Team One loves spending time together in the pool and during movie nights.

>> Here we go ... (YouTube)

Go Blue!