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Will Treichler

Happy Gilmore once explained that he was a hockey player who just happened to be playing golf. Last spring Will Treichler could have paraphrased that with, “I’m a football player who just happens to be playing lacrosse.” Funny how a year can change things. Will has become a lacrosse player, first, foremost and most definitely.

Will’s first love had always been football. A running back and linebacker/defensive back since 6th grade, Will relished the contact football provided. He’s been a leader on and off the field, a fact recognized when he was named a co-captain of Montgomery’s 2006 football team. As starting tailback he led the team in rushing for two seasons amassing 1360 yards, while adding 205 receiving yards and leading the team in rushing touchdowns for two years. Crossing the goal line for the winning scores in the North Hunterdon and Voorhees games sophomore year and the overtime winning touchdown in the North Hunterdon game junior year were some memorable moments. Playing both ways Will set a Cougar school defensive game record 14 tackles against Monroe and was second on the team with 63 tackles for the season. As a senior Will was a recipient of the Most Valuable Player award from his coaches, who lauded his dedication and unselfish commitment to the team. He also earned All-Princeton Packet defensive back honors, All-Skyland Conference first team honors, and honorable mention All-Area from The Courier News. As a junior he was named second team All-Skyland Conference and third team All-Somerset County by The Star Ledger

A recent convert to the game of lacrosse, Will retired his baseball catcher’s gear following his sophomore season in spring 2005. (Interestingly the catcher’s gear had been purchased a couple of years earlier from Sean Hover, after Sean made a similar transition to lacrosse.) Despite never having played, Will decided to make the switch to lacrosse and with his affinity for contact and defense, he opted to become a long pole defenseman. His declared goal was to take the field as a starting varsity defenseman on opening day of the 2006 season. Whether practicing in the backyard, banging balls off the school wall, playing in summer leagues, captains’ practices in the fall or the winter indoor league, Will had a stick in his hand learning the game from scratch about 250 of the 270 days before the lax season began. He accomplished his goal starting every game for the 2006 season. His quickness and agility allowed him to be an integral part of a stingy defensive trio helping the Cougars reach the State Championship game against Ramapo last June. Along the way he scooped up 43 ground balls, flattened a number of unsuspecting opponent middies, and against The Hun recorded a rare long-pole goal.

 Will is a leader who gives his all to his teams and his teammates, on and off the field. His leadership and contribution to the team was recognized by Coach Sullivan when he was named a co-captain of this year’s lacrosse team. Will has also been recognized as an all-around athlete by his classmates, being named Senior Class Male Athlete.

No longer is Will the football player playing lacrosse. Lacrosse has become Will’s sport of choice and the one he will pursue at the next level. He has had the honor of having been recruited by Coach Nagle of Colgate University, and has committed to become a Red Raider lacrosse player next year, joining former Cougar Jim Yetter on the field.