1. The Wolverines are Geographically Diverse
The Wolverines 50-man roster includes players from 15 states and 2 Canadian provinces. Connecticut leads the way with seven players on the rosters. California is right behind the Nutmeg State with six players including Gunner Garn (Tesoro) and Brendan Gaughan (La Costa Canyon).
2. Coach John Paul Likes Multi-Sport Athletes
The Michigan roster is stacked with multi-sport athletes, with the six Californians providing a great example. Garn and Gaughan played football at Tesoro and LCC, respectively. Senior Mike Hernandez played soccer and water polo at Piedmont High School. Junior Mikie Schlosser played soccer and basketball at Davis High School. Sophomore Patrick Tracy played football, basketball and soccer at Redwood High School. Freshman Peter Mascheroni (Redwood High School) was the lone Californian who did not list a second sport in his bio.
Coach Paul instills four core values into the Michigan lacrosse program known as FIST (Family, Integrity, Selflessness, and Toughness). Watch the video to learn more.
4. Experienced Offense
5. Michigan Will Be Approaching Mid-Season Form
The Orange County Winter Invitational will be the fifth game of the young season for the Wolverines. The Wolverines have had games against North Carolina, Colgate, Penn, and Detroit under their belts by the time they arrive in SoCal.