Athlete of the Week - April 10: Michael Zurasky


At 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds, Michael Zurasky knows that he must use his brain if he wants to succeed on the lacrosse field.

Zurasky has scored 13 goals and has 13 assists for Deep Run High School's varsity lacrosse team through the first three games of the season, and the senior attacker attributes this success to his ability to think.

“My lacrosse IQ is probably my number one assett,” Zurasky, 18, said. “As probably the shortest kid out there, I have to find ways to be crafty and stay one step ahead of the opponent.”

Zurasky described how, if he knows that a play is designed for him to get the ball, he begins moving slowly, lulling the defender into thinking that he is not part of the play. Once the defender is deceived, Zurasky makes a move for the ball.

Zurasky began playing lacrosse in elementary school and loved the sport because it had the non-stop action and on-the-fly changes of both hockey and basketball. He did not play for Deep Run until his sophomore year due to injuries as a freshman, but he found a spot on the varsity squad and contributed two goals and one assist during that yearʼs district championship.

Last year, Zurasky played alongside All-American Jacob Shaver, who is now playing lacrosse at VMI. Shaver often drew the opponentʼs top defender, giving Zurasky more opportunities to score. This year, however, Zurasky is facing the tougher defenders, but he says that having so many skilled teammates prevents opponents from focusing solely on him.

The Wildcats are off to a 3-0 start, which Zurasky says is a testament to the teamʼs willingness to buy in to Coach Ceperichʼs system, despite weather that prevented a normal practice schedule. The team spent most of its preseason practicing on blacktop due to snowy weather.

Knowing that being the smallest guy on the field can put him at a disadvantage, Zurasky has focused on ball handling, in addition to developing his lacrosse intelligence.

“You have to have your stick in your hand every day," he said. "You have to use both hands, passing right and left. Thatʼs gotta be second nature. I donʼt really consider myself athletically gifted. Iʼm not the guy who is 6-6 with a 100-mph shot.”

Zurasky will attend UVa. in the fall and plans to try out for the club lacrosse team there.

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