Garrett Michel is a creative senior attackman who led the Dulaney Lions to the Class 3A/4A state semifinals a year ago. He and head coach Kyle Fiat are looking to lead the Lions on a similar run this season. Michel is a four-year varsity player who has taken on an even bigger leadership role this season with his relentless effort in games and practice. He will attend CCBC Essex in the fall.
Who was your biggest influence with lacrosse growing up?
Garrett Michel: My older brother, Taylor. He is five years older than me, and I spent my early childhood at his games and practices. He excelled at both football and lacrosse and was recruited for both sports in high school.
As a four-year varsity player, what type of advice do you give to some of the younger players, and what type of leadership role have you embraced this season?
GM: To work as hard as you can at everything -- whether that is going after ground balls, riding or transition, because you never know when your number is called, and you have to be ready. When I'm on the field and we turn the ball over, my sole focus is to get it right back, and I will be relentless. I think that example sets the tone. I'm a player and one part of a bigger picture, but if I make a mistake, I'm going to turn that into a positive on the next play. Hopefully, the younger guys are paying attention and realize that the only thing that matters after the mistake is how you respond. I have never been a vocal leader; my focus has always been judge me by what I do, not by what I say. I try every day to go as hard as I can and lead by example.
How have you gotten better each season at Dulaney?
GM: Under Coach Fiat, I have been involved in the [Bigger, Faster, Stronger] program, as well as weight training classes, and the results have improved my strength and speed. This has really translated to the field with my dodging and the power of my shot. I possess a greater understanding of where the opportunities lie during the game. Coach has taught me to be patient and uncompromising with my effort. If a mistake is made, I look to the next play or the next opportunity, and I don't dwell on the past. I have also learned the disciplines needed to play lacrosse at the next level. Getting up at 5:30 a.m. to train, although difficult, has been one of the greatest benefits to my game and to the team as a whole. Coach Fiat and the staff have taught me selflessness and commitment to whatever task I am responsible for.
Have you made any decision as far as attending college and playing lacrosse?
GM: I was fortunate to have recruiting opportunities early and visited several schools. However, I did not feel ready to make a decision. Seeing firsthand what my brother went through after making a very early decision made me much more cautious in that process. My brother is a phenomenal player in both lacrosse and football and was recruited for both in high school, ultimately choosing to play lacrosse at Virginia. Seeing him go through those processes had a profound impact on me. As a player, I just want to play. I don't want to get caught up in the politics of the game. My brother's experience has taught me to really evaluate where I want to be and what I want to do. Consequently, I have decided to go to CCBC Essex and figure out what I truly want to do. If lacrosse is in the cards, I'll follow that path. Hopefully, this year will give me time to figure it out.
How much lacrosse do you play in the offseason, and how do you stay motivated?
GM: During the summer, I have practiced nearly every day and played club lacrosse at Rock. The rest of the year, I participate in the early morning workouts at school, which involve the [Bigger, Faster Stronger] program, weight training and wall ball. It's not so much that I need motivation, because I enjoy playing the game, and I have a passion for it. It's more an opportunity to get out on the field with my teammates and accomplish something.