“…(Yealy started with) a 70-goal rookie campaign followed by 85 goals as a sophomore and 77 more last spring as the Wolverines won their third straight MCLA championship. These numbers, along with a paucity of assists — he has 10 in three seasons —lead to the criticism that he is a “system” guy. Yealy doesn’t disagree.
It’s difficult to believe that the premier crease finisher in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, a player who has amassed 232 goals in his first three years, was this close to being relegated to the second middie line as a freshman, possibly derailing one of the most prolific careers in non-varsity history. But that’s the bullet Michigan dodged in the fall of 2008.
As fate would have it, Trevor Yealy — a lanky (6-foot-4, 180-pounds) kid from Pittsburgh — was inserted into the starting attack unit after the assumed starter left the team, and promptly established himself as a devastating scorer.
“To be honest, people ask me that question a lot and I always tell them a monkey could do it,” he said. “I completely agree with that. There are things here and there that can help and I’ve been working to get better at them.”
It’s this modesty that has made him a leader for Michigan the last two years, but it’s not accurate, according to Paul.
“He has a really good awareness of where to be, and that, more than anything, is what makes a crease attackman great,” Paul said. “He can get inside when he needs to be.”
Although his career has been defined by his proficiency on the crease, Yealy is poised to erase the system myth this spring. Called the best dodger on the team by his coach, Yealy is expecting to expand his role as Big Blue chases its fourth crown, aided by the addition of two solid crease players.