Grosse Pointe North 2014 graduate Michael Murray had the most fun playing lacrosse for the Norsemen. Photos courtesy of the Murray family.
August 28, 2014Grosse Pointe North's Mike Murray is filled with emotions as he preps for his freshman year at the University of Michigan.
The 18-year-old Grosse Pointe Woods resident is heading in a different direction than his twin brother, Nick, who is attending Northwood University.
"It will be a little weird at first to be at school without my brother, but we will be in contact every day and I will visit him at Northwood and he will come down to visit me at U-M.
"I'm anxious to meet new people and I definitely have to find a rink so I can still play some pickup hockey."
Murray played house hockey for several years before deciding to lace up the hockey skates around Christmas time and join his brother on Grosse Pointe North boys' varsity squad under Brad Case.
"Everyone asked me if I would join the team, so I decided to go for it and join my brother on North's team," Murray said. "We had a great time, even though we didn't win many games."
Murray scored one goal and had six assists in 14 games, while brother, Nick, had 13 goals and 10 assists in all 27 games. Nick was tied with Vince Romanelli and Nick Cusmano for the team lead in points and he led the team in goals.
The Murray brothers didn't waste any time when hockey ended. They suited up for the boys' lacrosse team under Mark Seppala and enjoyed a lot of success.
"This was a nice team we played on as everyone was on the same page from the first day of practice," Murray said. "We played some very tough games and it was tough to end our career with an overtime loss."
However, it was Mike Murray who sent the game to overtime after scoring the tying goal with only 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
"It didn't look good, but we were able to get possession of the ball and coach drew up a play," Murray said. "It worked perfectly and I was able to score. That was a great moment for the team and myself, but we eventually lost.
"I had a great time playing lacrosse at North this season and I had a solid senior year. My grades were good and now I'm off to U-M."
Murray finished North with a 3.74 grade point average and was interested in attending college at Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), Purdue and U-M so he could earn an engineering degree.
On the last day and nearly the final minute before he had to make a decision, U-M told him he was accepted.
"It was a little nerve wracking, but in the end, I was able to get into U-M and now I can focus on getting my degree," Murray said. "I have a plan, but I still have some decisions to make in the next few years. This was the first step."
He is looking forward to attending football and hockey games with his friends, and enjoying what it is like to be a student at the University of Michigan.
He knows the engineering curriculum will be tough, but he is ready.
"I know I have to study hard to get good grades in my tough classes," Murray said. "I started off a little slow in high school, but earned really good grades my final two years. I don't expect to get off to a slow start at U-M."
He has until the end of August before he moves in and is currently working a summer job at an engineering firm in Plymouth.
"College will be here before my brother and I know it," Murray said. "He leaves a week before I do and I think we will be ready when the time comes."