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Press releaseOrem, UT, August 3, 2009: At seven years old, Mike Nelson picked up a lacrosse stick for the first time. Since then he hasn't gone more than a week without practicing or playing lacrosse. By the fourth grade, he was so hooked on lacrosse; when asked by a teacher what he wanted to do when he grew up, he said, "Play college lacrosse." His surprised teacher responded that he would be lucky to make it out of high school, let alone play lacrosse. Mike proved otherwise! In the ninth grade he was on the undefeated conference championship Oak Canyon Jr. High team that beat the only other undefeated team - Canyon View. In an ironic twist of fate, many of the Canyon View players would share a championship as teammates at Orem high school Mike's senior year.
In high school Mike played in two State Championship games! First as a freshman starting at the attack position for Timpanogos high school in which he scored three goals in a losing effort to Logan high school. The second as a senior starting at the attack position when Orem HS defeated Sky View HS. He scored an amazing game-high five goals and three assists!
This month Mike will fulfill his childhood dream. He will be playing lacrosse for Genesse College in New York. Genesse is located in Batavia, half-way between Buffalo and Rochester. He will be the only player outside of New York on the team. Genesse's head coach Dave Hoover is hoping to build a stronger team in a developing program. He believes bringing Mike onto the team will be a big step in that direction.