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Women's Lacrosse holds tryouts

Day One - Monday 9/28:
36 girls made their way through the cold and rain for Michigan Lacrosse's first of four scheduled tryouts Monday night at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse. 19 Wolverines return from last year's squad which completed a 20-5 season with a strong fifth place finish at Nationals.

Michigan's coaching staff returns on the heels of their third consecutive MHSAA State Championship at the helm of Birmingham United. Key players back for the Wolverines include sophomore goalie Emmy Scheidt (Birmingham, MI/Seaholm) along with senior Amy Johnson (Washington, D.C./Holton-Arms) who lead the team with 59 goals last year.

To kick off the tryout, players pushed through twenty 100-yard sprints before moving on to a range of drills and concluding with a full-field scrimmage. Two hours, two fewer players, and thirteen bags of ice later, the girls had dragged themselves off the field turf, sure to sleep soundly before returning for more of the same on Tuesday.

NOTES: Sophomores Jenna Weinberg, Delaney Kempner, and Ifat Ribon sat out practice in observance of Yom Kippur...Senior Ame Maturo was forced to the sidelines after aggravating tendinitis in her Achilles during the initial sprints.

Day Two - Tuesday 9/29:
The second day of tryouts began with a long series of gassers which turned into forty-five minutes of conditioning testing the endurance of the 35 girls in attendance before going into drills.

After running through shuttle drills, the squad split into three stations working on eight-meter shots, transition play, and one-on-one drills. While the coaches led the tryout, Senior tri-captain Arielle Dyner (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) could be heard above the rest of the team shouting encouragement at her teammates, new and old. "I just take more of a leadership role which is what I like to do because I like to motivate the team," said Dyner regarding her new role as a captain.

Dyner is joined by senior Amy Santoriello (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) along with junior Britt Boehm (Rocky River, OH/Magnificant) as the three captains who were elected at the conclusion of last season.
The three have ambitious goals for the season as they hope to pick up right where the team left off in Scottsdale last season. "We finished really well last year, entering (the National Tournament) as the ninth seed and finishing in fifth place," said Dyner. "Our expectations are no longer game-by-game. Our goal is to be National Champions and we're going to do it by winning every game."

NOTES: Three players who tried out yesterday did not return Tuesday night...Maturo sat out practice for the second day with tendinitis...Tomorrow's tryouts will be 9-11pm instead of 7-9 as previously posted on the website.