By JACK VANASSCHE, Sports Editor
The University of Michigan-Dearborn lacrosse team got their final taste of live action before the regular season begins with a scrimmage against Western Michigan University at Detroit Country Day School on Saturday.
In their first scrimmage of the new year, the Wolverines fell 16-9 to the Broncos in the final scrimmage for both teams prior to the 2017 season..
In September, the Wolverines played the friendly at Riverview Gabriel Richard High School where they came out on top of the Broncos, 16-9.
While it does not actually mean anything in the long run, the Wolverines won all three of their fall scrimmages against Western Michigan University, Oakland University and Central Michigan University, respectively.
The regular season for the Wolverines kicks off on Feb. 12 against St. Ambrose University. UM-Dearborn will look to improve from their 2-9 record last season.
The Wolverines will continue to give freshmen goalies Jon Chaffee and Liam Turner chances in net to get a taste of live action before the regular season.
Goaltending stands as the biggest question mark on this team’s roster, as the only two goalies on the roster are fresh out of high school.
Newcomers James “JP” Hatch and sophomore NCAA Division I transfer Devon Callaghan will look to prove what their impact on the team can be in 2017.
Other incoming freshmen the Wolverines welcome to the roster include long-stick midfielder Mathieu Nordstrom, midfielders Micah Rinke and Ben Phillips and defenseman Lucas Laforge.
Anchoring the Wolverines will be senior captain Donald “Hannibal” Roda.
In his junior year last season, Roda led the team with 31 points on 20 goals and 11 assists.
Juniors Mitchell Stapleton and Matt Daratony were also honored as captains for the team in the 2017 season.
According to the team, coaches will choose an additional captain each week.
Home games for the lacrosse team will be played at Detroit Country Day School for the 2017 season.