Michael Watson – Member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Michael Watson is an American lacrosse player who began his college career at the University of Virginia and then continued with a professional lacrosse career in the Major League Lacrosse. We want to give you an insight into the life of Michael Watson, just like we did for the first lacrosse coach of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Laurie D. Cox.

Michael Watson

Facts about Michael Watson

Michael Watson was born on 24th of October 1974, currently he is 42 years old. Among his basic player facts is his attack position, his size of 1.75 m, his weight of 79 kg and his shot hand on the right. During his college years, he played in the NCAA team at the University of Virginia, then at the MLL teams Los Angeles Riptide and the Boston Cannons. His professional career began in 2001.

High School and Collegiate Career

Michael Watson - High School and Collegiate CareerMichael Watson attended the preparatory school at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, Maryland. Here he was also All-American. At the University of Virginia, he played in the NCAA Division I Lacrosse from 1994 to 1997. Through his outstanding achievements as an attacker, Michael Watson collected numerous prizes and helped the Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA national championships, once in 1994 and in 1996. Virginia won both championships in overtime. Watson was four times All-American Attack Player. 1994 and 1995 in the second team and 1996 and 1997 in the first. In addition, he was named as an attackman of the year by the USILA in 1996. He was awarded for numerous other awards, including Most Valuable Player, 1994 ACC Rookie of the Year and so on. In addition, he was named as one of the 50 best lacrosse players in ACC history in 2002.
Michael Watson is currently in second place with the most career goals in Virginia, with 141 goals in 62 games, only Doug Knight with 165 goals in 60 games scored more often. The attacking trio Michael Watson, Doug Knight and Tim Whiteley is considered to be the best of all time, leading the nation in offensive output and setting several ACC records.
Watson was also admitted to the U.S. National Team in 1998 and scored 12 goals and 8 assists for 20 points at the Lacrosse World Championship in Baltimore, Maryland. Michael Watson and Doug Knight are also blamed for the notoriety of “the dive” or “the dive shot”. In this turn, an offensive player attacks the goal from behind the net by diving ariborne through the goal crease while shooting the ball at the goal while in mid-air. This move was prohibited by the NCAA in 1998 due to safety concerns and difficulties in exercising.

Professional Career

Michael had a professional outdoor lacrosse career in the Major League Lacrosse in the Boston Cannons team from 2001 to 2004. In 2002, he played in all 14 season games and had the most assists of the team. In these games he picked up 28 groundballs. In 2003, he was selected for the MLL All Star Team with 31 points. In 2004 he scored 39 goals and 8 assists, a total score of 47 points, including a 6-goal-game against the Rochester Rattlers. He also scored 20 goals in four consecutive matches, leading to the best four-game-stretch in MLL history. He became an offensive player of the year and the Inside lacrosse magazine named him “The MLL’s Most Electrifying Player” in 2004.
In 2006, Michael Watson returned to the MLL after a year break at the Los Angeles Riptide. He played in 12 games and scored 40 points. In 2007 he played in all 12 games and led the team with 31 goals and was second with his score of 40. In addition, he shot two match-goals and picked up 24 groundballs. He has also been appointed to the MLL Western Conference All Star Team. In 2008, he scored 10 goals, 11 assists and 15 groundballs. The Los Angeles Riptide ended their career in the 2009 season due to the economic downturn in the United States.
Watson is the model for the Major League Lacrosse Logo. In addition, he was was included in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013.

We hope we could share some interesting facts about the unique player Michael Watson. Now you also know who the player on the MLL logo is.

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