Cold Spring Harbor senior, Will Spehr, has committed to play both football and lacrosse at Middlebury College next year. The midfielder from Lloyd Harbor, NY is a member of FLG’s 2021 team and plans to take his talents to Vermont in the fall.
Q: What about Middlebury and its athletic program helped you decide it was the right school for you?
A: The main attraction for me to Middlebury College was the unique combination of academics and athletics. It is a top tier academic institution and the mix with me being able to play lacrosse and football in the beautiful setting of Vermont was something I couldn’t deny.
Q: How did you get into lacrosse and how long have you been playing for?
A: I’ve played lacrosse for as long as I remember starting at about 6 years old. My mom played college lacrosse at Dartmouth so lacrosse is a big part of our family.
Q: When you’re not on the lacrosse field, what else are you likely to spend your time doing?
A: When I’m not playing lacrosse I like to go skiing, fishing, and hang out with friends.
Q: In what ways has playing football helped elevate your lacrosse game?
A: First, playing football has caused me to realize the importance of team play. In football, even more than lacrosse, if one part of the team doesn’t function than nobody can. I try to bring this over to lacrosse so all positions work together and help us win. Also, football has definitely assisted my aggressive play style on the lacrosse field.
Q: What is one thing you can’t live without?
A: One thing I can’t live without is the Minnesota Vikings. Tough being a fan this year though. #skol
Q: What is your go-to iPhone app?
A: My go to iPhone app is the Apple Music app.
Q: Have you always played midfield? What about this position has made you stick to it?
A: I’ve played middie my whole lacrosse career. Love being a part of the offense-defense and transition game.
Q: What are you looking forward to most about playing football and lacrosse at Middlebury?
A: I’m looking forward to making life long friends and being apart of two powerhouse teams in the NESCAC division.
Q: Are there any particular coaches or teammates that have taught you valuable lessons about the sport of lacrosse or life that you frequently keep in mind?
A: A couple of coaches come to mind, one being a football coach on mine. Coach Randall, who coaches football and wrestling at Cold Spring Harbor was diagnosed with ALS and continues to coach despite the adversity. He one of the toughest people I have ever met, and I have an extreme amount of respect for him. Apart from being a good coach his upbeat personality is as amazing as it was before. He’s a role model to dozens of kids, and he and his story have taught me many lessons of life in and out of sports.
Q: Lastly, what is your favorite sports memory?
A: My favorite sports memory is winning the Long Island Championship in football as a sophomore. Even though I only played special teams in the game, performing and winning on such a big stage will always stick with me. It’s definitely gave me a feeling on victory that I want every time I step on the field.