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8A- Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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PARAS
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to learn as a ju
a D-I athlete.
In some ways,
that's more
effective
because he
made more
mistakes our
first couple
years and
learned from
those mistakes.
I think that
helps our
young guys
a lot because
they had to be lead
learned to be lead

the transition from club to
D-I would be a process, but he
wouldn't trade it for any other
college lacrosse experience.
nior how to be "It's a little bittersweet
knowing that
my days here
are numbered,"
"It's a little Paras said.
"But I wouldn't
bittersweet want to end it
with any other
knowing that team."
And it was
my days here on this team,
the one that
are numbered." lost more than
he had in his
life, that Paras
grew the most.
ers before they He learned being a leader
ers." wasn't just about working the
hardestor beitest one to

leavethepracticefield.Helearned
being a leader was speaking
up and leading team meetings
and making his presence felt by
everyone on the team.
"Leading by example is a
policy because if you're leading
by example, you're just doing
what you're supposed to be
doing, that's not leading," Paul
said. "Leading is influencing
everyone else to do the right
thing, and that's what Thomas
has learned. He not only has
to do the right thing, he has to
demand it from everyone else
and show them the way."
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After his senior year ended,
Paras had a choice to make. As
a fifth-year senior, Paras could
transfer to any program in the
country and play right away. With
his success on the field, he could
have had the luxury of leaving to
a more successful program.
But Paras' loyalty to Michigan
didn't waver. He knew exactly
where he wanted to be.
And as a leader, he always
knew he had a responsibility to
come back to the place where he
had put so much work in.
In that locker room at Penn
State, Paras commanded the
respect of the team with his
talk. After three years of leading
the team, he had finally found
his voice.
A week later, the Wolverines
bounced back from the loss with
a 20-7 win over Mercer. Paras
had only one goal, but everyone
felt his presence on the field.
And a week after that,
Michigan would beat in-state
rival Detroit in a 14-13
overtime thriller.
With his final season winding
down, Paras has been trying
to make Michigan's most
successful season even better.
Looking back at his time
at Michigan, Paras knew that

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