When Michael Weisshaar entered Archbishop Spalding in 2018 as a freshman, the lacrosse star achieved a serious goal: to realize his long-held dream of winning a coveted championship at the Maryland Inter-School Sports Association Conference.

Then most would find it unrealistic, as the Cavaliers have never won a league playoff, let alone a championship.

But now? Behind Weisshaar, a dynamic bilateral midfielder and last year’s K. Markland Kelly Award winner, and the special senior class in which he appears, the “Cavaliers” № 4 have just moved into the breakthrough season of 2021 and are looking for much more. After winning the first playoff game in the program and reaching the title game last year – falling to the Latin Latin Champions League – 9-8 – they are firmly confident that they are ready to take the final step.

Weisshaar, who has 28 goals and nine assists in the opening match 5-1, knows that it requires special communication, and sees it every day. Six senior players played at the university as freshmen and a talented junior group do their part under coach Brian Phipps.

“I think the most important thing is that we all love being around,” Weisshaar said. “I know that for me and for many guys on the team it is best to come to training and be with each other. So I think that will be the key to our success, and it will really help us in the long run. ”

Weisshaar’s influence is on the whole field, as evidenced by his breakthrough in the junior class. Left-handed Towson commits a lot to bring the Cavaliers to 12-3. Becoming the first K. Markland Kelly Award winner in honor of Maryland High School’s best player, he scored 48 goals, gave 23 assists, scored 53 goals from the ground and played a big part in the clean-up.

“The only thing with Michael is that he will never take the match – he will go until his tank is empty,” said Phipps. “He can make something out of nothing that is impressive. The ball may be on the ground, and the next thing you know is at the back of the net after he scooped it up, dodged the two guys and finished. “

Weisshaar had a lacrosse stick in his hand when he was 3 years old and he grew up, also playing football and basketball. One thing stood out: his outstanding speed.

This was the first indication that he had a special talent.

“I’ve just always been fast and that’s always been an advantage. When I was little, I always ran – that’s all I knew, “he said. “Going back to football, to basketball, to going up and down the court, the coaches told me I needed to slow down.”

Thanks to his speed and the athleticism that laid the foundation, Weisshaar engaged in lacrosse and consistently honed his skills, which were accompanied by fierce competitiveness and a sense of victory.

“It was great to see his game rise as an athlete and a competitor – it’s a really impressive observation,” said senior striker Race Ripley, who played with Weisshaar in fifth grade. “One of the main things that distinguishes Michael, who has played with him for so long, is the confidence he brings when he plays a good game. He is unprotected. You can try to block him, but he will find ways to play the ball or open opportunities for other players. So whatever your game plan is for Michael, he will find a way to keep making great games and help us come out victorious. ”

Spalding got 7-10 for the season before this year’s senior class came on board. After a 9-9 campaign in 2019 and then a lost season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cavaliers made significant strides last year. The 14-7 victory over Severn in the quarter-finals was the first victory in the playoffs for the Cavaliers in Conference A. They then won 9-8 over three-time reigning champions Calvert Hall and advanced to the championship game.

What struck Phips the most was how his team always believed it belonged. The Cavaliers demonstrated this in the last minute of the title game, when they scored twice and played one goal from the Latin boys.

“Losing in the championship last year, I feel we have learned a lesson from which we have learned lessons and we are going to use it to our advantage. We have not had such an experience before. But in connection with last year, we feel it now, ”Weisshaar said. “We understand what it takes to be a champion caliber team, and I feel like everyone on this list is behind it, and that’s the only thing we think about.”

Latin coach for boys Brian Farrell, who won the championship title as a player and coach of the Lakers, understands the importance of experience. He said Weisshaar took full advantage of becoming a full-fledged player and leader who brings confidence to his team.

“He makes his teammates better than what strikers really have to do,” Farrell said. “They have a unique attack that allows the guys to play freely and they let him make decisions and he makes decisions very well. He really does everything. “

After last year’s call and overwhelming desire to bring home the first league title in the program, Weisshaar is trying not to look too far ahead. Every internship in this senior year – and the extra work he often does after them – is appreciated.

Asked what it would feel like when the Cavaliers did the final work, he said: “It would be such a surreal, wonderful experience.”

For Weisshaar, the work is just as useful.

“I feel like we have great talent and great coaches and we just need to stay together all season and have fun,” he said.

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