May 6, 2014
Following each road game during U-M's inaugural season, a different Wolverine will provide fans a behind-the-scenes look at Team One's on- and off-field experiences away from home. Fans can follow the team on the road with this interactive Google Map, which will be updated with recaps, photos and more along the way!
Coming to a close on the season, I, Allie Breitfeller, have been chosen to write the last blog post of Team One Travels. I am honored at the privilege to enlighten America about our season. I am also saddened to admit that Team One is coming to a close and after this last post, will finally be put to rest. Being a part of team one was something only 27 players, 3 coaches, and 10 staff members had the privilege of experiencing. Team One was our family. And now, as the year comes to an end, I have the privilege of enlightening the world about our last road trip, our first ALC playoff appearance and the wrap up of what turned out to be the best year of my life.
The road trip: After a productive and hard practice in Oosterbaan, which ended up being in the high 80s, instead of the usual 70 and sunny weather report, we ran to the locker rooms to shower, grabbed our bags and got on the bus. With all but three of us making it into the showers -- who Coach U called out later that day -- the bus surprisingly departed three minutes early and smelled clean. We ate our boxed lunches quickly and everyone but Margaret (Metzger) took a well-needed nap after a long week of finals and practices. Our five hour bus ride to Chicago flew by quickly and changing time zones gave our team the false impression that we gained an hour as well. After three hours of studying the extensive scouting report and numerous clips of film that were pushed to our iPads of Ohio State, we felt prepared for our first ALC Tournament game and our second battle against our biggest rivals. By the time we arrived in Chicago we were excited, anxious and hungry -- not just for food but for a win.
Playoffs: Although the outcome of the game didn't turn out the way that we had planned, the game was still a battle. Team One fought up until the last second of the game. Even though we did not play a full 60 minutes, our game reflected the growth of our team throughout the season. The first 30 minutes showed the first half of our season: the uncertainty, individualized game play, and the lack of comfort on attack and the lack of communication on defense. But the second half reflected the end of our season -- the desire, unity, communication, and sense of urgency were all present and strong during the last 30 minutes, allowing us to outscore OSU, 5-4, in the second half. Coming out of that game with a loss was hard for every single one of us. Although we were the underdogs, we wanted to win and it was heart wrenching to see our season come to an end. Stepping off of the lacrosse field for the last time as a member of Team One I had sweat, tears and eye black streaming down my cheeks, my teammate's arms draped around my shoulder, and an ache of dissatisfaction in my gut I was unwilling to let the season go so soon.
The season as a whole: A group of 27 freshmen came together as a group 10 months ago and were thrown together to form a team. Three coaches and 10 staff members had to become our teachers, parents, role models, disciplinarians, and friends during those long 10 months. As time grew we had our ups and downs along this rollercoaster ride of a year. But as a whole, we unified together as a family, put aside our mistakes and differences, and became what would always be remembered as Team One. We each matured and grew as individuals, but also as a team. We became a unit on and off the field. Although our season has come to an end, Team One will always remain in each one of our hearts for the remainders of our careers and lives. With Team Two coming just around the corner, we will take every single experience we had with Team One and allow it to better ourselves for the sake of Team Two.
With greater goals, higher expectations and experience under our belts, Team Two will be competing at the highest level in the Big Ten Conference. Keep an eye out for 27 sophomores and 11 freshmen making more history with Team Two coming to a town near you! Thank you for all of your support and following Team One Travels during our season. Please follow Team Two as we update you in the year to come!