UM-Flint Men’s Lacrosse Club Team Open to New Members

Don Lierman

Two hundred and fifty years ago, what may be considered the deadliest, if not the most famous lacrosse match in history, was played in what would become Michigan as Native Americans took on British soldiers during a game at Fort Michilimackinac–Today, attending a match is much safer, so why not have a look, or better yet jump in the game, with the UM-Flint Men’s Club Lacrosse.

“We do not have a try out process,” Steven Learst, junior computer science major and president of the club said. “Men’s Lacrosse is open to every male on campus regardless of skill level. We are a competitive team, but like to have fun and enjoy the sport.”

Last year, the team finished third in the Midwest D2 conference of the National College Lacrosse League, after back to back playoff appearances.

“I have had a passion for lacrosse for as long as I can remember,” Matt Blom, sophomore mechanical engineering major and member of the team said.“I have always dreamed of playing this sport at the collegiate level for a University of Michigan school and here at UM-Flint I can do just that.”

Lacrosse is a contact sport, played between two teams with long-handled sticks and a small rubber ball.

“It is often considered a rough sport. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal past the goalie, using the lacrosse stick to catch, cradle and pass the ball to do so,” Learst said. “Defensively, the objective is to keep the other team from scoring and to gain the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning.”

For some, lacrosse is more than just a means to vent frustrations or excess energy with a club.

“I believe that lacrosse has a way of changing people,” Learst said. “It is a sport that builds character and lasting brotherhoods. This team has done just that for me at the University of Michigan-Flint and I hope it will do the same for others.”


Recently, the team added a new coach, Trenton Gafner, who Learst said he believes has become a huge part of the team.

“He has already led us to our first pre-season victory against Cleary University with a score of 13-10 after only one practice. We have high hopes for this coming season,” Learst said.

Those interested in joining can contact Learst at [email protected]