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Shaler grad Weaver makes quick impact for Heidelberg lacrosse

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Doug Sampson | Heidelberg Athletics
Shaler grad Liam Weaver was a key contributor during the 2018 season for the second-year Heidelberg men's lacrosse program.
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Doug Sampson | Heidelberg Athletics
Shaler grad Liam Weaver was a key contributor during the 2018 season for the second-year Heidelberg men's lacrosse program.

Liam Weaver didn’t have to worry too much about the learning curve when joining the Heidelberg lacrosse program.

With the Student Princes in their second season of competition, there was plenty of feeling out left to do.

“There’s a lot of firsts,” said Weaver, a 2017 Shaler graduate. “There’s frustration that comes with it, but there’s a lot of improvement that has been made from the beginning of fall ball to the end of the spring season. There’s a lot of learning being done throughout the season.”

Weaver carved out a niche in the offense. In 15 games, Weaver finished fourth on the team in goals (21), assists (11) and points (32).

Playing on a team made up primarily of sophomores — the Student Princes had 18 on the roster — Weaver thought his footwork helped him stand out.

“It was a challenge at first, but throughout the season it became easier and easier,” Weaver said. “The coaches helped a lot. I think the biggest difference was to be able to play as a team. I think what allowed me to fit in was my style of play, I’m more of a north/south dodger.”

Heidelberg, which finished 7-16, opened the season by beating Bethany to record the program’s first home win, snapping an eight-game losing streak.

The Student Princes also had their share of headaches, finishing 1-7 in Ohio Athletic Conference Play.

Weaver felt throughout the season, he found areas where improvement is needed. While he had healthy offensive numbers, his repertoire of attacks needs some diversity.

“A lot of my goals came from long-distance shots,” Weaver said. “Other teams adjusted to that, and I want to work to get balls closer to the net. I want to work on my inside shooting for next season.”

The Student Princes will be in good position in 2019.

Heidelberg lost its top scorer, Matt Wernerspach, to graduation, but will return four players who contributed 20 or more points.

Weaver hopes to help the young program continue in the right direction.

“There’s a lot of space for people to step up,” Weaver said. “We will have 10 incoming freshmen compared to three. That will be the biggest difference from this year to last year.”

Josh Rizzo is a freelance writer.

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