The second Iowa Hawkeye being spotlighted is 18-year-old Mitch McElman from Crystal Lake, IL. He began playing lacrosse at age 14 before playing for his high school's club program. That program was started only three years ago.
McElman barely follows Major League Lacrosse, but when he does, he cheers for the local Chicago Machine. He pays a bit more attention to the National Lacrosse League because the Sears Centre, home of the Shamrox, is not too far from his parents' house.
In addition to lacrosse, McElman plays defence on the ice. He is a Chicago Blackhawks fan (boo!). But, he is also a Cubs fan (yay!). Of course McElman also cheers on the Hawkeye football team.
Like yours truly, McElman is a huge Paul Rabil fan (hence the number 9). After cheering him on at Johns Hopkins, he continued to pull for Rabil this season with the Boston Cannons. He also likes Duke's Matt Danowski and Zack Greer.
McElman prefers gear from Warrior and Gait, mostly because of the comfort they offer. Although he plans on being back in the Chicago area this summer, he wishes us luck on getting lacrosse going in Des Moines. He offers this tip to people just picking up the game: "Play wall ball; it helps with your stick skills a lot."