By JAMES COOK firstname.lastname@example.org
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Olivet College’s lacrosse team is getting more of a northern flavor to it.
The Division 3 school has received its third commitment from a Traverse City Thunder player, this time netting midfielder Logan Krieger.
Ryan McGee and defensive midfielder Sheldon Berry are already playing there, and will be joined by Krieger next season.
“That’s something I’m really looking forward to, getting reunited with them,” Krieger said. “We had killer years back when they played on the team my freshman and sophomore years. Those guys were a huge aspect of the team, so I’m looking forward to playing with them again.”
The Thunder posted a 30-1 record those two seasons.
McGee is Olivet’s starting goalie, and Berry is one of the Comets’ face-off men. The trio are three of the first northern Michigan players to commit to play for a varsity college team since Traverse City started up three lacrosse clubs — the Thunder, Bucks and Crusaders.
“It think it’s awesome,” said Krieger, who was selected as last season’s Northern Michigan Lacrosse League defensive player of the year. “Especially Sheldon and Ryan getting some recognition for up here.”
The two-time team captain has helped the Thunder to a 45-8 mark in his four-year career. He has eight goals and eight assists in six games this season, and racked up 18 goals and 10 assists last year.
And while many teams switch up midfielders and specialize with offensive and defensive subs, Krieger plays both.
“Logan is what I call an old-fashioned two-way middy,” Thunder coach Liberty Provost said. “The two-way middy is a guy who can really play anywhere on the field. He doesn’t really have a weakness. He’s good on both sides of the ball. He’s got a nice skill set.”
Krieger looked at schools as far away at Pennsylvania, but chose Olivet in part because of the familiarity of have two former teammates on the squad.
“I sent them a video and their coach liked what I had in store,” Krieger said. “He said I had a lot of potential.”