Lax Links 9-21-11

TIme is a-wastin’. Let’s get straight into the links:

Michigan Lacrosse Coach John Paul

John Paul (Photo by Clark Bell)

Michigan coach John Paul sits down for an exclusive interview with Lacrosse All Stars.

Tradition.  Everything here is guided by that theme.  But you have to guard against becoming stale or reactionary when you lean on tradition too much.  There’s a fine line.  Our teams here have worn throwbacks for special events.  Some Michigan women’s teams have worn pink for breast cancer benefits.

There’s obviously much more in there than “HEY! UNIFORMZ?,” including a discussion of Michigan State (JP echoes what we’ve heard about the chances for a varsity program in East Lansing), so check it out.

Michigan’s official athletics website has a video interview with Trevor Yealy following the team’s first practice as a varsity squad (hat tip to reader Clark Bell).

Detroit senior Jason McDonald is talkin’ fall practice as well:

More home website practice fluff from UDM.

ESPN’s Wolverine Nation talks with former Michigan linebacker Jerry Meter. The lacrosse connection? His nephew, Will Meter, is a freshman at Michigan who won the Mr. Lacrosse award as a senior at Brother Rice.

Michigan’s inaugural varsity roster has been posted on the official website. There are no unexpected names (they’re all holdovers from last year and/or incoming recruits that were posted on Laxpower), so the five or so guys added after the open tryout are not yet listed.

While we’re waiting on Michigan to officially release their inaugural varsity schedule, readers in the Philly area can see them in action at the Nick Colleluori Classic, now with game times! They’ll take on St. Joseph’s at 9:30am and Towson at 12:30pm on October 8th at Ridley High School in Folsom, PA.

Interested in a high school tournament on Halloween weekend? Check out the Boo Bash in Hartland.

I was expecting 2012 KY FO Commit Brad Lott to find a place on ESPN Rise’s top 25 faceoff specialists in the class. I was not expecting him to top the list:

1. Brad Lott, Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), Michigan
Lott won 71 percent of his faceoffs and scored 23 goals and added 18 assists last season. The future Wolverine was First Team All-State and an ESPNHS All-America Honorable Mention this season and led his team to a 15-1 record. Lott also dominated some of the top faceoff specialists in the country at the Under Armour games, playing for the Midwest underclass team, the second straight year he was selected for the squad.

If ESPN’s rankings are accurate (for the sake of optimism, I’ll say they are), Lott goes from a very good pickup to a huge one.

Recent Michigan Lacrosse alum Pat Stansik continues his “Pregaming with Pat” series on youtube:

You can follow Pat on Twitter @PatStansik.

As always, if you want to bring any link to my attention, you can e-mail it to me at t.w.sullivan1@gmail.com or tweet it @GreatLaxState.

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