South Carroll's Weisenborn passes credit to teammates Player of the Year

June 03, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Senior defender Geof Weisenborn brought a gritty and determined presence to the field that has long been the trademark of South Carroll lacrosse.

Strong leadership, crafty stickwork and an uncanny knowledge of the game he first began playing as a freshman also came with the package.

Weisenborn and the Cavaliers were pressed all season by the likes of Westminster's John Bolesta and Liberty's Ross Yastrzemsky -- two of the county's top attackers -- but always found answers en route to a 12-2 season and their seventh consecutive county championship.

"I really enjoyed this year and it was really a great year for the whole team," said Weisenborn, who is The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year in Carroll County.

"It's a great honor and nice to be singled out, but lacrosse is a team sport and my teammates deserve just as much credit. It was an enjoyable experience for all of us."

Many great defenders have come through the South Carroll program in Gene Brown's 15 years as head coach, but perhaps none as good as Weisenborn.

"Our kids know when they first come out and play that we're not going to spend much time with the fancy stuff, we're going to start with defense," Brown said.

"Geof was our leader all year long and really set the tone from the get-go. We've had some good defensemen at South Carroll, but it isn't often you find all the qualities that Geof brings in one person -- he has it all."

Football was the No. 1 sport for Weisenborn going into high school. He was a co-captain for the Cavaliers last fall, playing fullback and outside linebacker.

Spring lacrosse was supposed to be a good way to keep in shape for the football season, but it wasn't long before it became Weisenborn's favorite sport. He found the same kind of contact in lacrosse that he thrived on when playing football, and much more.

"I've always loved contact," he said earlier this spring. "There's nothing better than a nice, solid hit to set the tone."

Now, Weisenborn, 6 feet 2, 185 pounds, is on his way to UMBC on a lacrosse scholarship.

"I think football really helped him out a lot," Brown said.

"He's aggressive, strong and tough -- exactly what you look for in a defenseman. He's gotten better every year. He was good last year, but really blossomed into something special this year."

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