I honestly believe it’s MagnUM’s off field activities that has led to such a successful season. When I step on the field, I play and give my all for my fellow teammates, as I know how hard they have worked. We don’t play for personal glory, MagnUM balls out for each other. Mistakes are always forgiven; handshakes and encouragement are shared freely. MagnUM is the very definition of a team, and I am proud to be a part of it.Read More
By Zach Goulson
What a tournament. A tournament of many emotions, but the most important one was the euphoria that came after a goal line stand, punctuated by a nice grab from freshman Wesley Chen. Perhaps what made that moment so exciting was the adversity that we fought through to get there.
I was concussed about 6 points into our second game on Saturday. Forced to watch from the sidelines as we seemingly had no spark against UMass. And then watched as Jonathan Paruk, our d-line leader, went down with an ankle injury in a 15-10 loss to UNC. The defense was without two of its mainstays heading into a pre- quarters game against Luther. However, as a sideline observer, you would have thought that the d-line had their full squad the way they pulled out four breaks against a Nationals caliber team. MagnUM really carried that momentum into our quarterfinal game against Harvard, who had beaten us handily at QCTU.
Our defense came out hot against Harvard and put them on their heels early, but the offense couldn’t quite convert. Each team had a break in the first half and one in the second half, and we finally won the game on universe point. Next up was Minnesota. The o-line came out of the gates hot and looked unstoppable. On the seventh point of the game with the game tied 3-3, Matt Orr (an All-Region player) went down with a torn ACL. At that point, the spirits of the team took a sharp dip. In the face of adversity the sidelines went silent and the score was all of a sudden 11-6, with Minnesota up five breaks. Even now, I really have no idea what happened. Somewhere we found a spark and the team ignited on that field, playing with all of the confidence in the world. MagnUM put together a six-nothing run to take the lead, and Minnesota’s sidelines looked devastated. We won the game on our second straight universe point. A finals matchup against Pitt, who had just run right through North Carolina (#1 seed), loomed in the distance.
Pitt came at us strong and broke the first point, a break that would hold until we broke twice before half. Both teams took some breaks in the second half, but we had the game in our hands with a goal line opportunity to break Pitt for the win. After multiple questionable calls on game winning throws and catches, Wesley Chen made a remarkable catch (https://vine.co/v/MMtlYmhTODg) to win the weekend for MagnUM. This score concluded a red zone stand that defined our weekend and our newfound team mentality. Grit and grind. That’s what we are bringing to Nationals, and that’s MagnUM. Look out.
Ahhhhhhh. Regionals sweet Regionals. MagnUM traveled down once again to the pithole in Rockford, Illinois in quest of earning a Great Lakes Regional championship. The winds were blustering, the fields were adequate, yet the passion still permeated the atmosphere as teams fought to die another day. MagnUM pulled up the fields sporting a healthy dose of swagger and an even healthier desire to blast a little Creed through their bumpin’ speakers. Oh yea, it was gametime!Read More
Our salvation is the college series. Just when you can’t go on mentally or physically any longer, the competition and finality of the series rescues and invigorates your mind and body. We’re rescued by adrenaline masking the pain of months of workouts and practices. The sun finally shines high in the sky; unforgiving ice is now merciful grass. And the honor and recognition of completing the journey is in sight. MagnUM Team 17 completed their journey by placing 5th at College Nationals in late May. Only time will tell how far we can go next year.Read More
Down 11-6 in the semifinals to #12 Minnesota, Michigan looked like a team that had watched their luck run out. A string of execution mistakes had sunk them into what appeared to be an insurmountable deficit. They were already playing without one of the team’s key players and leaders, Matt Orr, who appeared to suffer a ligament injury midway through the first half. They were supposed to lose. Somebody forgot to tell Michigan.Read More
The weekend really began for Michigan when they willed their way to an upset victory over the pool one seed UNC-Wilmington in the third round on Saturday. Michigan benefited from outstanding on-field play and leadership from their three captains: Yonatan Rafael, Sam Greenwood, and Eli Leonard.Read More