Player of the Week: Michael Rust

Michael Rust

Michael Rust

There has been very little time for Michael Rust to learn the nuances of playing goalie. He is learning under fire.

The Laker junior co-captain had little to no varsity goaltending experience when he took over the job this fall.

“Michael has worked hard to prepare himself for his tough position. As a true leader does, Michael steps up to the pressure at hand and keeps a cool head and a positive attitude,” Lake Region Coach Michael Chaine said. “Whether leading his team on or off the field, Michael carries himself in a way that reflects highly on his team and Lake Region.”

In the first two games, Michael displayed great ability to attack the ball in his goal area and great hands blocking some well-placed shots from opponents.

“It will be a pleasure to watch his progression throughout the season,” Coach Chaine said. “He truly deserves this honor.”

In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Michael is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber.

The Rust File

Name: Michael Rust

Year in School: Junior

Town: Bridgton

Parents: Bruce and Valerie Rust

Sports you play: Soccer and baseball

School organizations: Math Team

School honors: Honor Roll

Q. Best piece of advice you have received? MR. The best advice I’ve received is from my Dad. It was to always try my hardest and never give up.

Q. Who is your biggest fan? MR. My biggest fan is Alex Langadas because he is emotionally in depth with me.

Q. I know I have had a good sports day when… MR. At the end of the day, I’m still in a good mood.

Q. What is your favorite sport? MR. It’s a tie between soccer and baseball because I’ve played them my whole life and love playing or watching.

Q. If I could change one thing about myself as an athlete, I would change… MR. My speed because I am really slow at running.

Q. What qualities make for a good teammate and who do you consider a good teammate? MR. Not to get down on yourself or others, and to show class outside of sports. Nick Ball is a great teammate because he has all these qualities and is my best buddy.

Q. What do you believe you bring to your team? MR. I bring jokingness when the time is right, some good leadership and extreme swagger.

Q. What characteristics do you feel make for a good coach? MR. Someone that makes you always push yourself and doesn’t force you to play when there is something causing you not to (injuries).

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