Stover: First day on the job

Senior captain Alex Fitzgerald makes a cut during UM-Dearborn's game vs. Montreat on Feb. 22, 2015. The Wolverines won, 10-0. (Photo courtesy of I. Cabello)
Senior captain Alex Fitzgerald makes a cut during UM-Dearborn’s game vs. Montreat on Feb. 22, 2015. The Wolverines won, 10-0. (Photo courtesy of I. Cabello)

By JERAMY STOVER, Guest Columnist

Jeramy Stover I am now on my third sports beat in just my first year with The Michigan Journal.

My first one was men’s soccer which was difficult, because the home games were almost an hour away. My second was men’s basketball which had its own unique spin. I didn’t get assigned to the beat until one third of the season had already been played; it took me a while to really feel like I knew the team.

But this beat just might be my toughest challenge yet.

On Saturday, I covered my first lacrosse game of the season. The interesting part, it was my first lacrosse game I had ever attended.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. Yeah, I have watched lacrosse on ESPN before, so I had some idea of how the game was played, but seeing a sport played right in front of you for the first time is quite the experience.

I entered the Detroit Country Day Fieldhouse a little nervous. I wasn’t sure where to sit, and I didn’t know what small details to pay attention to. Heck, I still don’t even know all of the rules.

I sat in the bleachers with my notebook and a copy of the Wolverines roster ready to see where the game would take me. I was told to be prepared for a lot of scoring, but at the end of the first period, each team had only scored one goal.

This is when confusion and angst began to set in. “What’s going on?” I thought. “Where was the scoring I was told about?” The very last thing I wanted was to get an unprecedented game that I wouldn’t know how to report.

Thankfully, the scoring eventually picked up.

When the game was finally over, I had thought I had seen a blowout. A 12-5 score where I come from doesn’t sound close. And it didn’t look close either; UM-Dearborn had possession of the ball most of the time.

After the game, I approached injured Wolverine Donald Roda, who is also in one of my classes. I told him about the destruction his team had just put on. Apparently I was wrong.

Roda said, “This is like a 3-1 hockey game.” He talked about a lot of bad turnovers his team had committed, many of those going right over my head since I was a little unsure as to what a “bad turnover” looked like.

I also didn’t understand what the referee was signaling most of the time. I will, without question, be studying a rulebook before the next game I attend.

As I interviewed head coach Jason Watts after the game, he talked about how much better his team could be. I know it’s early in the season, but for me watching the team play for the first time, I thought they looked pretty good. I guess I have a lot of learning to do.

The team had its problem to work out. As they waited in the hallway for their coach, they were debating which restaurant was better — Qdoba or Chipotle.

It was an interesting experience to say the least. Sort of like a first day at a new school. I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I know I’m going to have a fun time learning a new game.